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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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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

We are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are still here and working but not currently offering treatments. We are available to answer any questions you have. Our number one priority is safety of our patients, staff and our community.

We are seeing our patients who have recently had surgery for suture removal and to make sure your recovery is safe. We will keep the reception area empty and you will go straight back to an exam room. We will wear masks for your protection. Please only bring one person with you and if possible, it would be best if they can stay in your car during your visit.

We are offering Tele-Health visits for Surgical and Non-surgical consultations. It will be done the same way as an in person consultation would be done, except we will use video to communicate with you. This is done using our Electronic Medical Record and ensures your privacy. Having that consultation process done will allow you to schedule surgery and treatments so they can be done as soon as we are able to provide them again. I believe that after this ordeal, we will all be ready to do something nice for ourselves!

We are providing people with the chance to purchase products. We can bring them to your car. You can also purchase gift cards and we are developing several packages we want to offer. We are also shipping products during this time.

We understand all this uncertainty is frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. This situation changes day to day and we will keep you updated as we know more.

So what are we doing since we are not filling our schedule doing surgery, lasers, fillers, Botox, Dysport etc?

We are doing staff training. We will continue to brainstorm and think of ways we can provide even more exceptional patient experience.

We will be making videos and continuing to post on social media. Some of these will be educational and some will be to entertain! How entertaining will probably depend on how stir-crazy we get!

Be safe and be smart. Do your part to slow this virus down. And please, support your local businesses as much as possible.

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