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Pigmented (Brown) Lesions

Pigmented lesions are areas of the skin containing especially high concentrations of melanin. They are typically caused by an excess of pigment, commonly due to sun exposure, aging or congenital factors. Pigmented lesions vary widely in size, shape and depth. Some are no bigger than a fingertip or even a pinhead, while others may be as large as a hand and occur in conspicuous places such as the face, neck or arms. They can be either raised or flat and are usually a cosmetic rather than a medical concern. However, certain moles or "sun spots" can be precancerous; removing these lesions is medically necessary. Consult with one of our physicians to learn how we can help you.


The Vbeam is a Pulsed Dye Laser that delivers an intense but gentle burst of light into selectively targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed by specific blood vessels or melanin pigmented areas in the dermis depending on the condition being treated. Factors such as the age, color and type of lesions, as well as the location on the body, all determine whether lesions can be removed.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Broadband Light (BBL)

In its simplest form, IPL/BBL is a series of short flashes of very bright light. IPL and BBL use short, safe bursts of light emitted from a flash-lamp to treat specific skin conditions. IPL and BBL systems carefully control both the amount of light and the speed of its delivery to your specific skin condition.

Before & After IPL Treatment

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Photo of patient before IPL Treatment at Southern Surgical ArtsPhoto of patient after IPL Treatment at Southern Surgical Arts

Procedure(s): IPL
Aesthetician: Tammy Capel

TCA Chemical Peel

This peel uses several strengths of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) based on your individual skin type. This peel effectively removes the surface layers of aged and sun-damaged skin. Benefits of the TCA peel include skin tightening, decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and superficial pigment lesions with shorter recovery than laser resurfacing. May be repeated in 12 weeks.

ProFractional Erbium Laser

ProFractional™ resurfacing optimizes your treatment outcomes, while reducing your recovery time. We use the laser to apply a series of tiny pulses of laser energy to your skin, revealing younger looking skin and stimulating the production of collagen in your skin. This laser helps reduce pigmented lesions, as well as sunspots, sun damage, fine lines. It also provides a smoother skin texture and improved skin tone.

Smartskin C02

Smartskin C02 vaporizes surface skin layers (the laser targets water in cells). It removes sunspots, sun damage, fine lines and results provide a smoother skin texture and improved skin tone. Often significant results can be achieved in one treatment.

MicroLaserPeel (microdermabrasion)

A MicroLaserPeel™ uses a scanning erbium laser to remove the outer layers of your skin in a safe and precise manner. We choose the depth of the peel based on your specific skin and how much downtime you can tolerate. We can perform MicroLaserPeel from very gentle to very aggressive, and everything in between.

Unlike earlier lasers, the MicroLaserPeel can be used on the full face, neck, chest, hands, etc. We can also treat smaller areas of need such as the eyes and mouth without the risk of changing the color of your skin. This was not possible with earlier laser technology.

One ten-micron MicroLaserPeel is the equivalent of four to six microdermabrasion treatments. You will experience two to six days of redness and/or peeling with this procedure depending on the depth. We may recommend anywhere from one to six treatments depending on your skin and schedule.

MicroLaser Peels, using the Sciton® Laser, can be done as a stand-alone treatment, or in combination with other lasers as well. This treatment has become one of the most effective skin treatments available today.


PicoSure®, a revolutionary picosecond laser with a pulse width that is 100 times shorter than nanosecond technology, provides effective overall facial skin revitalization with no anesthesia required allowing you to recover in a few hours with minimal discomfort. Just a few, fast, easy treatments reduce benign pigmented lesions and acne scars without harming surrounding skin and increases new collagen and elastic production which greatly improves the skin's tone and texture.

HALO Laser

Time and exposure to the sun over time can produce “age spots,” uneven skin tone and visible signs of aging that rob your face of its youthful glow. HALO™ is the latest treatment innovation from Sciton®, the only customizable hybrid fractional laser system available. That means treatments can provide precision removal of both surface and sub-surface facial skin damage simultaneously, even though the two types of skin require a somewhat different approach. HALO is ideal for reducing discoloration and improving skin tone and texture to help bring back a more youthful glow. Best of all, HALO produces superior results with little or no downtime.

Our Doctors

Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Nease, and Dr. Gusching are fellowship-trained and Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons. Dr. Nease also holds a board certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Combined, our four doctors have more than 23 years experience. Their practice at Southern Surgical Arts is 100% committed, focused, and dedicated to cosmetic and facial plastic surgery. Since 2004, they have performed more than 18,000 major cosmetic procedures.

SSA's Licensed Aestheticians

At Southern Surgical Arts, our team of physicians and licensed aestheticians can evaluate your skin’s current health and needs during a free consultation. Together, we can create a treatment plan that can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Spa Access Membership

Spa Access Membership Can Save You $1,000 or More Each Year

Have you signed up for our loyalty program? Why not? It's $199/year and you automatically get a laser treatment or chemical peel worth up to $149. And that's not all, this exclusive membership entitles you to:

  • One free upgrade, up to $50, each month on any spa service
  • 15% off all regularly priced spa & laser services (exclueds BodyTite, Exilis, Halo, Infini, Picosure, and Ultherapy)
  • 10% off all regularly priced retail products fillers & Botox®
  • One $50 referral card per year for a friend or family member (new patients only)

Spa Access Membership deals cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or special offers. Other conditions may apply.

Call our Chattanooga or Calhoun location to find out how you can sign up today!

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