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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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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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