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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.