Laser Tattoo Removal vs Fading a Tattoo for a Cover Up

Laser Tattoo Removal Pinehurst NC

Tattoos can be a beautiful expression of art, creativity and emotion. According to recent studies, more people are getting tattoos than ever before and they are even more widely accepted in the workplace than they were in previous years. However, many people who decide to get tattoos earlier in life end up changing their minds later on and wish to have them removed or replaced with body art that better represents who they are now. Fortunately, Dr. Melley offers tattoo removal options for individuals who desire to have their ink removed with no downtime.

PicoSure is a safe and effective option for laser tattoo removal and typically requires fewer treatment sessions than more traditional removal methods. During the procedure, Dr. Melley uses PicoSure’s PressureWave technology to deliver short pulses of laser energy to the dermis, shattering the ink particles that make up the tattoo pigment while leaving the skin undamaged. Afterward, your body is then able to naturally process and remove the pigment.

You may be wondering how many treatments are necessary to completely remove a tattoo vs. fade a tattoo sufficiently enough to be covered up with a new tattoo. It is important to understand the many factors that play a role in determining how many treatment sessions are necessary to fully remove a tattoo. Factors such as overall skin health, the age of the tattoo and how faded it may be, even the color of pigments used play a role.

It used to go without saying that tattoos are a lifelong commitment. With the advances in laser tattoo removal, that statement has become less true over time. While many people simply regret their decision to get a tattoo, some may want to get rid of an old tattoo to make room for a new tattoo that will better represent their current ideals and aesthetic.

Fading a Tattoo vs Removing a Tattoo

Reasons to Completely Remove a Tattoo:

  • Regret decision to get a tattoo
  • Shift in interests or feelings
  • Dislike the overall art quality
  • Tattoo has faded and looks unsightly

Reasons to Fade a Tattoo Before Cover Up:

  • Fading allows for more color and style options
  • Brighter colors, less pigment required
  • Remove part of existing tattoo (such as a name)
  • Fewer sessions required

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Melley to determine how many treatment sessions will be necessary for your overall tattoo removal goals. Learn more about laser tattoo removal at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation today!

Reclaim your skin with Tempsure

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As we get older, the natural collagen in our skin begins to dissipate which can lead to forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging skin and cellulite. Cellulite can persist through proper diet and exercise and have us thinking twice before choosing to wear more skin revealing clothing once the hot days of summer arrive. Along with sagging skin and cellulite, various signs of aging can also be seen around the eyes. Your eyes show more than just emotion when fine lines and wrinkles effect the delicate skin surrounding them. These factors can make us look and feel older than we actually are. Fortunately, Dr. Melley offers safe, non-surgical options for skin tightening to help you have the confidence you deserve!

Tempsure Envi, which was FDA cleared last year, uses radiofrequency energy to safely heat the skin in order to trigger the body’s natural collagen production process. Growth factors and synthesized collagen can improve overall skin appearance and firmness as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite in as little as one treatment. Tempsure Envi affects the nerves differently than other skin tightening processes so patients will be able to feel a warming sensation on the treatment area during the process without having to worry about discomfort. A protective gel is applied before the procedure and Tempsure Envi’s temperature sensor maintains a comfortable and safe temperature, so patients can rest easy as they rejuvenate their look.

Depending on the area being treated, appointments can take less than an hour and require zero downtime. With Tempsure Envi you can receive a non-surgical facelift or tackle unsightly thigh dimples on your lunch break. Within a few days following the procedure, patients may notice a reduction in wrinkles. Growth factors and collagen continue to be produced and the skin’s overall appearance continues to improve. For some patients, results can be seen in one visit, however, 4-6 treatments spaced a few weeks apart are recommended. Dr. Melley will determine how many treatments are ideal for your overall skin needs.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Melley to see if you are a good candidate for Tempsure Envi. The experts at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst can tailor a skin rejuvenation program that suits your schedule as well as your aesthetic goals. Learn more about how laser treatments can benefit you and help you achieve younger looking skin at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation!

Spring into Summer

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Spring is right around the corner and summer will be here in a flash. In addition to setting your clocks forward an hour, it’s important to think about all of the things that you can be doing to look and feel your best before the warmer months arrive. Winter has a way of making us all want to hibernate. Activity levels and motivation can drop, especially when the days are short and the temperatures are bitter.

Now is the perfect time to think about how you can achieve the weight you have always wanted with help from the caring staff at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst. Dr. Melley and her staff offer customized weight loss programs that are tailored to your personalized needs. Along the way, they will make the necessary adjustments to help you stay on track to success.

It is no secret that abs are made in the kitchen. Nutrition and fitness go hand in hand with weight loss and feeling healthy. Proper nutrition can help you maintain your ideal weight, fuel your body for work outs as well as reduce the risk of diseases such as certain cancers, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and osteoporosis. Introducing colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet can provide you with the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Practicing good nutrition promotes healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Vitamins and supplements will help assure that you are getting all of the essential nutrients that you may not be getting from your balanced diet. Additionally, certain medical conditions or genetic disorders can prevent the proper absorption of the nutrients from food and taking supplements can help bridge the gap.

Your health may not be the only thing on your mind as the warmer days approach. With warmer weather comes shorts and other more skin revealing clothing, it’s time to also think about that unwanted hair. Shaving can be a hassle. Razors dull quickly, leave behind razor burn and ingrown hairs and is only a temporary fix. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to permanently remove hair by destroying the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Treatments can be completed in under 30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.

Spring and summer fashion is a great way to show off your fitness progress, smooth legs and even the artwork on your skin. Tattoos can be a beautiful way to express yourself, however, over time they can fade and look less than appealing. Many people regret the tattoos they received when they were younger and are self-conscious about showing tattooed skin. Depending on the size and age of the tattoo, laser tattoo removal can safely reduce or fade old tattoos while keeping the unaffected skin safe.

These are just a few things that you can do to get ready for summer. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Melley to determine if there are additional treatments such as skin rejuvenation and body sculpting that you can combine with your existing efforts. The experts at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst can tailor a skin rejuvenation program that suits your needs and goals. Learn more about how which laser treatments can benefit you and help you achieve younger looking skin at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation!

Sculpt a new you with SculpSure

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For many people, the toughest part of weight loss is getting rid of the stubborn pockets of fat that seem to hang on regardless of diet and exercise. These areas of fat may come in the form of a double chin (submental fat), love handles, or excess fat on the inner or outer thighs and abdomen. Fortunately, Dr. Melley offers non-surgical fat reduction options at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst.

SculpSure is an FDA cleared, non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses specific laser energy wavelengths to target fat under the chin (submental), thighs, abdomen, and back in just 25 minutes per session. During the procedure, SculpSure heats the targeted fat cells to a temperature that damages the integrity of the cell walls without negatively affecting the skin’s surface.

Afterward, the body’s lymphatic system naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells which prevents them from returning. Treatments are easy and require no downtime. Patients can return to their daily routine immediately following treatment. While results may vary from patient to patient, a change can usually be seen in as little as six weeks with optimal results being seen after 12 weeks. As the body continues to process the unwanted fat cells, you will notice a more sculpted appearance.

Patients require 2- 3 treatments to achieve maximum results. Dr Melley and her staff will be able to help you determine how many treatments will be necessary to reach your aesthetic goals. The best candidates for SculpSure are individuals not looking for a replacement to diet and exercise and who are willing to still maintain an active lifestyle. Dr. Melley offers a customized weight loss program, including personalized medical counseling.

The caring staff at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst will monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments so that you can achieve your weight loss goals. Learn more about which weight loss program is right for you at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation!

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your 2019 Look

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With a new year comes the sense of a new you and a clean slate. Resolutions can help you stay on track with fitness, skin care, and wellness as well as give you goals to strive towards in 2019. Here are five great ways to refresh yourself this year:

  1. Proper skin care
  2. Skin revitalization with PicoSure
  3. Our 30 day wellness challenge
  4. Tattoo removal or tattoo fading
  5. Laser hair removal to avoid the hassle of shaving
1. Proper Skin Care

Proper skin care is one of the most important parts of maintaining great looking skin. At the Laser Institute of Pinehurst, Dr. Melley suggests these “must-haves” for maintaining healthy skin:

  • A gentle cleanser for your skin type
  • Topical Vitamin A
  • Alpha-Hydroxy acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Sunscreen (one that protects against UVA and UVB waves)

Depending on your skin type, you may want to rinse your face with warm water or use a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt and bacteria. Topical vitamin A, or retinoids, can help combat the damaging effects of the sun’s harmful rays and photoaging.  Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, or AHAs as they are more commonly referred to, can firm and brighten skin and improve overall tone by working to reconstruct collagen and elastin. In addition, they help exfoliate dead skin cells. Antioxidants, which you can get from fruits, vegetables and some grains, can protect against sunburns as well as help fight the signs of aging. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, which may contribute to certain diseases if the body cannot mitigate them.

Don’t Forget Sunscreen!

The sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays are linked to wrinkles, premature aging and skin cancers. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you apply sunscreen before spending time outside and reapply throughout the day if you plan to be out in the sun for an extended period of time. In addition, you can help protect the delicate skin of your eyes with sunglasses and hats, which help block the sun.

2. Skin Revitalization with PicoSure

In addition to proper skin care, maintaining a healthy glow and smooth skin can boost your confidence in 2019. PicoSure is a state of the art laser skin rejuvenation treatment that can remove unwanted age spots, acne scars and reduce wrinkles with minimal downtime. PicoSure is a safe, non-invasive procedure.

3. Take Our 30 Day Wellness Challenge!

Proper hydration promotes healthy skin and aides in digestion. For 30 days, challenge yourself to drink an adequate amount of water daily. To find out how many ounces of water you should be intaking weigh yourself in pounds and divide that number by 2. This will give you the number of ounces of water you should be drinking a day. Remember that exercise and other factors will impact your water intake needs. For 30 days, take a multi-vitamin and monitor how the combination of water and supplements has positively impacted your wellness and skin.

4. Tattoo Removal

Over time, tattoos can settle and fade, making the pigments appear dull and blurry. Many people regret tattoos they had done many years ago and may choose to have them removed. Fortunately, PicoSure is the leading choice for unwanted tattoo removal. This device uses energy delivered in trillionths of a second to break up tattoo pigments which keeps the skin safe from damage and the patient more comfortable.

5. Laser Hair Removal

Shaving can be a hassle. Unsightly razor bumps and ingrown hairs are always a risk if you shave often. Laser hair removal can thin, reduce and even completely remove unwanted body hair. The expert staff at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst are trained to use a variety of machines for laser hair removal.

Skin rejuvenation with Lasers, Skin Care and Proper Nutrition

When cold temperatures settle in and the daylight hours are at their shortest, personal care can inadvertently take a backseat to holiday shopping, parties and the abundance of tasty treats to indulge on. It’s important not to let your diet and skin care suffer during the busiest months of the year. Don’t let your health and skin rejuvenation be just another New Year’s Resolution! Dr. Melley offers a variety of ways to supplement your diet and skin care regimen to help your skin look and feel its best this winter.

A proper diet and nutrition may positively impact your skin health when paired with a skin care regimen and laser skin rejuvenation. There is a wealth of information regarding the effect diet has on skin health so it is important to ask your doctor before altering your diet or daily skin care routine. Dr. Melley will be able to recommend supplements that may boost your diet and skin care efforts and determine which laser skin rejuvenation treatments will best benefit your skin based on overall condition and desired goals.

PicoSure by Cynosure is one of the many lasers used by the expert staff at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst to combat signs of aging, pigmentation, and wrinkles. PicoSure is minimally invasive so it is safer than more traditional methods. It uses targeted energy in order to gently improve your skin’s overall texture, reduce acne scarring, fine lines and sun damage with no downtime. After treatment you can immediately go back to your daily routine.

In combination with diet, supplements and a healthy skincare routine, laser skin rejuvenation can boost your skin’s appearance so you can feel ready to tackle the New Year. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Melley to determine your options based on your desired needs. The experts at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst can tailor a skin rejuvenation program that suits your needs and goals. Learn more about how which laser treatments can benefit you and help you achieve younger looking skin at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation!

Restore your Youthful Glow with TempSure and Pelleve

Collagen is a natural part of our skin’s structural compound that helps give it a natural glow and maintains elasticity. As we age, the collagen levels in our skin begin to deplete which can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Many people wish that they could turn back the clock in order to have younger looking skin but don’t want to deal with the risks of surgery and a lengthy recovery. Dr. Melley provides treatments such as Pelleve and TempSure at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, which can give your skin a smoother, healthier look and help restore your confidence by triggering your body to produce more collagen.

TempSure and Pelleve are both radiofrequency (RF) treatments. They are a safe and non-invasive way to help your skin counteract the effects of aging without surgery. In addition to smoothing wrinkles, RF treatments can also treat unsightly veins, facial redness, or cellulite. Each treatment sessions lasts between 30-60 minutes. The results are usually seen within the first 48 hours after treatment. Most commonly, patients receive at least 3-5 RF treatments roughly 4 weeks apart. This helps the body continue the production of new collagen for months afterward.

Pelleve is one of the RF treatments used by Dr. Melley to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. During a Pelleve treatment, radiofrequency energy is used to comfortably heat to the dermis which triggers your body to begin the natural healing process and collagen production. Dr. Melley uses a “GlideSafe” Pelleve handpiece to safely deliver RF energy to delicate areas such as the thinner skin around the eyes.

TempSure, another type of RF treatment offered at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, is a new, gentle treatment that minimizes the signs of aging and tightens skin. TempSure can also treat cellulite! During a TempSure treatment the skin’s temperature is safely increased for a specific period of time which initiates the body’s healing response. The new collagen fibers that are produced will be more densely organized to give your skin a tighter, smoother appearance.

Radiofrequency treatments can also be combined with additional skincare treatments to yield the best results. A consultation with Dr. Melley will determine if combination treatments are necessary for the patient’s ultimate aesthetic goal. Both Pelleve and TempSure can improve the appearance and texture of your skin and counteract the natural signs of aging. However, it is recommended to establish a healthy skincare regimen that protects you from harmful UV rays and sun damage that can prematurely age the skin. The experts at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst can tailor a skin rejuvenation program that suits your needs and goals. Learn more about how RF treatments can benefit you and help you achieve younger looking skin at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation!

Body Contouring for Stubborn Areas of Fat Including the Submental Chin Area

The popularity of non-invasive body contouring procedures has been on the rise since the mid-2000s and the demand is expected to grow over 15% in the next few years. Stubborn pockets of fat around the waist and submental fat under the chin, commonly referred to as the double chin, are frequently resistant to both diet and exercise. This makes achieving your desired weight loss goals a challenge. However, with SculpSure treatments Dr. Melley can help give patients the results they desire without the risks of surgery, scarring or lengthy recovery time.

Both non-invasive and minimally-invasive body contouring techniques can be applied to many different areas of the body. Non-invasive body contouring can supplement your weight loss goals by minimizing love handles, slimming your lower abdomen and shrinking the submental fat under your chin with little to no down time. The versatility of SculpSure means that it can treat multiple areas of the body and can help many patients.

As the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis, SculpSure offers a quick and comfortable way to achieve a more sculpted body. SculpSure’s customizable applicators allow for treatment of the inner and outer thighs, waist, back, abdomen and under the chin for natural looking results.

SculpSure’s laser technology heats the fat cells to a temperature that damages the cell structure and causes them to be reabsorbed into the body while leaving the skin and other non-fat cells unharmed. SculpSure uses Contact Cooling technology to keep patients comfortable as they are being treated. Typically one area can be treated in less than 25 minutes, however, treatment times may vary on an individual basis. The majority of patients are able to see results after 12 weeks, but some see results in as little as 6 weeks.

While SculpSure does not replace a healthy diet and active lifestyle, it targets stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise alone. If you are currently trying to lose weight, The Laser Institute of Pinehurst offers a customized weight loss program that includes personal medical counseling from skilled providers. Caring staff will monitor your progress and make the necessary adjustments that will allow you to best achieve your short and long-term goals. Learn more about which weight loss program is right for you at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation!

Keeping up with the Latest Technology

Dr. Ofelia Melley, founder of The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, understands the importance of keeping up with the latest technology and often attends international meetings to study the latest cutting-edge technologies in cosmetic skin treatments. Last month, Dr. Melley attended the Controversies & Conversations in Laser & Cosmetic Surgery, an advanced symposium focusing on the efficacy, risks and marketing of the latest technology in cutaneous and cosmetic surgery. The symposium, run by renowned physicians Drs. Arndt, Dover, Alam and Anderson, offered Dr. Melley the opportunity to bring the latest techniques to her patients so as to provide them with the best results. The meeting covered topics ranging from skin tightening, fractional laser treatments, and injections like Botox.

By keeping up with the latest technology, Dr. Melley can provide optimum treatments for each patient. Whether for laser tattoo removal, body contouring, microblading or weight loss, her goal is to provide patients with the most effective skin care for every patient.

PicoSure, one of the most advanced laser treatment systems available for tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation, is an example of the cutting-edge technology in use at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst. PicoSure delivers energy in trillionths of a second, causing the tiny particles that make up tattoo pigments to shatter and disperse while keeping the surrounding skin safe from damage.

Dr. Melley also offers the latest injectable filler products in the Juvederm and Restylane families as well as cutting-edge body contouring devices such as SculpSure by Cynosure. In addition, The Laser Institute of Pinehurst offers a customized weight loss program that includes personal medical counseling from skilled providers. Caring staff will monitor your progress and make the necessary adjustments that will allow you to best achieve your short and long-term goals. Learn more about which weight loss program is right for you at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation!

Washing Fruits and Vegetables for Safety

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Eating the recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables is a key factor in maintaining both a well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Along with taking supplements, colorful produce can give us the nutrients we need to fight off illness, have more energy and feel better on a day to day basis. Unfortunately, there are underlying risks to understand when making sure your fruits and veggies are safe for eating. Bacteria may be present in the soil that crops are grown in or the water used for irrigation. In many cases, pesticides and bug killers are sprayed to keep destructive insects away. Pesticides, Bacteria, Parasites, Viruses and Chemicals are all reasons to wash your produce before eating.

Consuming fruits and vegetables without first washing them thoroughly could lead to foodborne illnesses if contaminants are present on the surface. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has established some guidelines to follow to make sure your produce is safely prepared:

  • Clean – Wash your hands before handling fresh fruits and veggies and be sure to also wash your produce. Organic fruits and vegetables can still carry trace amounts of pesticides. Some prepackaged salad mixes may be listed as “prewashed,” however, it is safest to wash them.
  • Separate – Be sure that, when cooking produce, not to cross-contaminate when also preparing meats or seafood. This includes preparing your meats and produce on separate cutting boards and thoroughly sanitizing the surface on which you’ve cut or kept raw meat.
  • Cook – Cook food to the temperature which kills germs and bacteria. This varies for each type of meat. Fruits and vegetables are usually safe to eat raw but can be peeled and/or cooked to remove potential bacteria.
  • Chill – Refrigerate food promptly! Be sure your food is kept below 40°F. Never thaw food on the counter because bacteria can easily multiply on food once it reaches room temperature.

Fruits and vegetables can be washed by soaking the produce in a mixture of white vinegar and water, ½ cup vinegar to every 2 cups of water. Soak for 5-15 minutes, then be sure to rinse items under a running tap while massaging the surface to remove any dirt that may be clinging on. Another way to clean produce is by soaking in a salt water solution. Use 1 tsp of salt for every cup of water, soak and then rinse thoroughly. Using 1 teaspoon of Clorox to every gallon of water will help kill parasites and bacteria on fresh produce. Always rinse, rinse and rinse again.

It is most important to wash loose produce such as lettuce because its leaves can contain more soil than other types of vegetables. In addition, you can peel some produce such as potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers and apples to safely remove any bacteria or chemicals that could be on the skin. Wash utensils with hot soapy water and clean countertops and cutting boards so that bacteria, that may be present on the outside of fruits and vegetables, is not transferred to the inside when cutting.

These steps will ensure that you are not at risk for illness while eating healthy. At The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, we offer a customized weight loss program that includes personal medical counseling from our providers. We will monitor your progress and make the necessary adjustments that will allow you to best achieve your short and long-term goals. Learn more about the weight loss programs we offer at or call our office at 910-920-9411 today to schedule your consultation!