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YAG laser treatment is a type of facial rejuvenation and resurfacing treatment to help remove hyperpigmentation and discoloration. The YAG laser uses a crystal (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) producing a green light to penetrate the top layer of skin to boost collagen and reduce the appearance of redness and discoloration.

Why should I get a YAG laser treatment?

A YAG laser treatment is a beneficial skin resurfacing and hair removal option for those with darker skin tones, who tend to be more sensitive to other laser treatments. YAG laser treatment is an excellent treatment for those looking to smooth wrinkles and fine lines and remove age spots, as the YAG laser helps stimulate natural collagen production.

The following is a list of several benefits that can be achieved by a YAG laser resurfacing treatment:

  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Removal or decrease in the appearance of age spots and freckles
  • Lightening of birthmarks and hyperpigmentation
  • Redness reduction
  • A smoother and more even complexion
  • Unwanted hair removal
  • Spider vein reduction treatment

What can I expect from a YAG laser treatment?

During your YAG laser treatment, your skin specialist at Dr. Merriman’s office will fit you with a pair of protective goggles to shield your eyes from the light. She may apply a cooling anesthetic before gently running the handheld device that emits the laser treatment to the area. Most patients describe their YAG laser treatment as relatively painless despite a slight stinging sensation.

After your YAG laser treatment, you may experience some redness, itching, and swelling, which should disappear after a few days. A small percentage of patients also experience bruising, which will also subside quickly. After your treatment, it is advised that you stay out of the sun and make sure to apply sunblock anytime you go outside.

Is YAG laser treatment right for me?

If you are experiencing hyperpigmentation or discoloration, YAG laser treatment may be right for you. YAG laser treatment may also be the right choice for unwanted hair, spider veins, or if you suffer from redness or uneven skin. YAG laser treatment is especially helpful for those with darker skin tones.

What is the difference between YAG laser treatment and IPL?

YAG laser treatment and IPL are similar in that they use wavelengths of light to penetrate the skin and remove excessive amounts of pigmentation. However, YAG laser treatment is more focused, enabling it to penetrate more deeply beneath the skin surface, often a more appropriate option for darker skin tones.

Why is Dr. Merriman the right choice for my YAG treatment?

Dr. Merriman and the Plastic Surgery Associates of Valdosta is the premier plastic surgery and medical spa serving South Georgia and Northern Florida. Dr. Merriman is renowned for her artistic eye, attention to detail, and warm and thoughtful demeanor. She has hand-selected her team of skincare specialists at the Plastic Surgery Associates of Valdosta, ensuring that you achieve noticeable, real-world skin rejuvenation.

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.


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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