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Skin Treatment Services Available for Valdosta, South Georgia and North Central Florida

At her plastic surgery center serving South Georgia and North Central Florida, a skin care specialist under the supervision of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sonya J. Merriman provides specialized products and treatments designed to repair, restore and refine the skin.

With medical-grade products, it is possible to control acne flare-ups, eliminate hyperpigmentation (dark spots, pregnancy mask), reduce fine lines, shrink pores, build collagen and strengthen elasticity.

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Skin Peels

A chemical skin peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation and acne. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each person’s needs. Peels are a great way to maintain healthy skin and boost collagen production for more youthful, vibrant appearance.

Peels Offered:

  • Combination Peels
  • Glycolic Peel
  • Lactic Peel
  • Salicylic Peel
  • TCA Peel
  • Jessner’s Peel

Laser Treatments

Skin Rejuvenation using M22 Technology. Precisely and safely target pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots and age spots. Vascular lesions such as spider vessels and redness from rosacea are also lightened and gradually fade. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on the skin’s condition. This is a no “downtime” procedure. Most people return to normal activities immediately after treatment. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Amy to establish your personalized treatment.

Laser Hair Removal

Say goodbye to unwanted hair growth on all body areas including upper lip, cheeks, chin, neck, breasts, stomach, arms, underarms, bikini area, legs and back. We’re proud to offer M22 laser machine to effectively and gently remove hair from all skin tones. Treatment costs vary depending on area. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Amy for more details.

Medical Grade Skin Care Products

Dr. Merriman’s aesthetician will work with you to determine which products will be most effective for your specific needs and concerns. A consistent skin care routine can enhance and help to maintain the effectiveness of any surgical or non invasive procedure you may have chosen for yourself. These medical-grade products are clinically proven and carry increased strengths that cannot be found in department stores.


Celluma Light Therapy

Celluma is a comprehensive, low-level light therapy device that is specifically designed for pain management and skincare. In the same way that plants can convert chlorophyll to sunlight, this FDA-approved therapy uses high intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) at specific wavelengths of light, which in turn trigger a natural response of repairing and replenishing of cells in human skin. In other words, the LED light source from a Celluma therapy gives compromised skin cells added energy, so the cells’ performance is enhanced.

Research about Celluma has shown that this unique therapy can help with a variety of issues, and Celluma is proven to help:

  • Kill acne bacteria
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Increase circulation
  • Accelerate tissue repair
  • Improve skin clarity, texture, and tone
  • Ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm, and arthritis

Unlike other devices on the market that claim to use light energy to promote healing, Celluma is an all-in-one system that offers convenient solutions to help you manage your skin health, treat specific conditions, and accommodate different parts of the body.

ProCell Microneedling

Microneedling with growth factor serums by ProCell! Microneedling has become one of the most sought-after procedures in the country in the last few years. Come in and see what all the talk is about! Microneedling creates tiny perforations in the skin which initiate a natural healing response. These perforations cause a healing cascade that produces new collagen and elastin resulting in firmer, healthier skin. We combine this with our all-new microneedling solutions that are specifically formulated to trigger the collagen-producing cells in your body to go into overdrive and create permanent new healthy skin!

ProCell Microneedling tips were designed so there would be no risk of back flow of fluids causing cross contamination which has been a problem with the other “pen style” microneedling machines. ProCell larger sized tips also allow for a tapping, rather than a dragging, motion which creates a nice vertical pattern of micro-channels in the skin.

Dragging a pen across the skin is the only way smaller tips can treat larger areas more quickly, but it creates a “cat scratch” effect that has been nicely demonstrated in clay models. In the last few years, microneedling has made a huge splash because of how effective it is and how quickly it works. With as few as two treatments, microneedling has been shown to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, acne scars, age-spots/sun spots, and stretch marks. It can also help increase the effectiveness of topical hair growth serums.


The Perfect Derma Peel

Unlike other facial peels, The Perfect Derma Peel is a non-invasive, almost-painless treatment that has only 2 to 4 days of peeling associated with its application. This unique treatment combines powerful and effective ingredients together with acids that deliver serious results after a single treatment.

The Perfect Derma Peel promises:

  • Lifting of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction in hyperpigmentation (including Melasma)
  • Minimal burning is associated with the application of the treatment
  • Can be used on all skin types, and for all ethnicities
  • Rejuvenation of tired skin
  • Requires no preconditioning prior to treatment

The Perfect Derma Peel takes approximately 15 minutes to apply, and the amount of peeling that results from the treatment is primarily on the epidermis layer on the skin. Peeling typically begins on day 3 post-treatment and is over by day 7. Results from The Perfect Derma Peel last for up to 6 months, and most people find that 2-4 treatments per year helps sustain desired results.

Products We Offer:

  • Obagi
  • Teoxane
  • Latisse
  • Tretinoin (Retin-A)
  • Jane Iredale Makeup

Lumenis M22 IPL Photorejuvenation

Lumenis is a pioneer in aesthetic medicine and established the first Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology specifically to treat conditions related to skin damage caused by the sun. M22™ is a Modular Aesthetic Laser Multi-Application Platform; a device used in treatment of over 30 skin conditions and hair removal. Physicians around the world use this device to treat a vast variety of patients and conditions, all with excellent outcomes.

Photorejuvenation (also called a photofacial) uses light in an IPL technology that heals skin from within by absorbing melanin and oxyhemoglobin. This process encourages skin to heal itself through controlled direct impact on your skin cells. A Photorejuvenation procedure may be for you if you want to:

  • Manage a variety of skin conditions
  • Reduce the appearance of sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and age spots
  • Reduce pores and acne spots
  • Treat skin conditions connected to the effects of aging
  • Tackle redness and other signs of rosacea

This non-invasive, life-changing technology makes the skin on your face look more youthful, with little downtime and fast, effective results!

Lumenis M22 ResurFX

The Lumenis ResurFX is another function of the Lumenis M22™ device that uses a laser to achieve its results. Unlike other devices, the ResurFX is optimized for patient comfort as well as effectiveness, and is a non-ablative device. This means that the ResurFX stimulates the skin to develop collagen production without harming or ablating any of the skin it comes into contact with.

ResurFX may be for you if you want to:

  • Treat age and/or sun spots
  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
  • Eliminate stretch marks
  • Manage your skin tone, hyperpigmentation or discoloration
  • Decrease scars from acne
  • Tighten loose skin

ResurFX procedures require a single pass over the skin while using a topical anesthetic, and recovery time is short. While some redness or minor, sunburn-like irritation may occur, these effects typically subside after a few days. Many people find that 3-4 treatments spaced one month apart is enough to get them to the skin of their dreams, and your technician will work with you to determine the best plan for you and your skin’s needs!

Meet our Aestheticians Baylee and Grace


Skin Care, Plastic Surgery Associates of Valdosta

Baylee Crumpler

Licensed Medical Aesthetician

A native of Hazelhurst, Baylee received her aesthetics degree from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and holds a Georgia state license in aesthetics. Baylee received her laser training from The Elaine Sterling Institute in Atlanta, GA, with certification in Laser Physics & Safety, Laser Hair Reduction, IPL, Skin Tightening, Vein Reduction, Hyperpigmentation, Fractional and Resurfacing Laser, Laser Hair Removal, Rosacea laser, Photo Facial Rejuvenation, and YAG laser treatments.

She also has extensive experience in skin care consultations, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, dermaplaning, facial waxing, steam facials, skin cleansing, facial scrubs and masks, dry ice, extractions, and spray tanning. Baylee has numerous certifications from Thermi, Alphaeon- Teoxane, Obagi Medical Products, and Fantasy Tan spray tan.

Skin Care, Plastic Surgery Associates of Valdosta

Melanie Hughes

Licensed Medical Aesthetician

A native of Cook County, Melanie received her aesthetics degree from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and holds a Georgia state license in aesthetics.

Melanie alsoreceived her Advanced Medical Aesthetics certification from Institut DERMed College of Advanced Aesthetics and is certified as a Microblading Specialist. Melanie has extensive experience in skin care consultations, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, PRP, rosacea laser treatments, IPL photofacials, resurfacing laser treatments, laser hair removal, dermaplaning, body sculpting treatments, tattoo removal, facial scrubs and masks, dry ice, extractions, spray tanning, and makeup applications. She has numerous certifications from Sciton, Alma Lasers, Coolsculpting, Ultherapy, Obagi Medical Products, ZO Skin Health, Skin Medica and Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Our Plan for Resuming In-Office Patient Care

We are pleased to annouce our very soft re-opening to patients this Monday, May 4th. We are not opening to full capacity as we are closely following the recommendations of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and our numerous professional affiliations and governing boards. We will be seeing a very limited number of patients per day. The following outlines our plan and what we are doing to keep you safe.

Screening:

You will be called the day before your appointment and screened for any symptoms. Any symptoms will require rescheduling.

Upon your arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to rescheduled if over 100.0.

You must wear a mask upon entering the building and will only remove if getting a procedure done on the face. We ask that you please bring a mask to your appointment. Due to limited availability we will provide a mask to you for a charge of $5.

No one can accompany you into the office unless there are significant mobility or communication issues you need help with and in that case only one person can come with you. You may not bring children to your appointment.

Our waiting room is closed. You may enter the building to check in and gather any paperwork you may require and return to your car. You will be called when your room is ready.

Office Safety and Sanitation

Employees will also complete a daily questionnaire and have their temperature taken and will be sent home if there are any symptoms. Employees will wear personal protective equipment throughout your entire visit.

Each room and all areas that patients and employees touch including office supplies or equipment will be sanitized thoroughly between patients according to CDC guidelines.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office!

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