Best of the Pines 2021 – It’s a ‘Full House’ at the Laser Institute of Pinehurst!

The Laser Institute of Pinehurst has been so happy to serve its patients in the Pinehurst, N.C. community for the last 15 Best of The Pines 2021 years! Schedule an appointment, come into our ‘full house’ of anti-aging, wellness and skincare and work with Dr. Melley & our team to create a skincare and wellness plan that works for you. Your time at our office is more than just a treatment – from the moment you enter our doors, our goal is to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience that delivers lasting results that you are happy with. 

Whether you are interested in a simple facial, injectables like Botox to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, a consultation on treatment options to treat Rosacea, Lesions or Spider Veins or a body contouring consultation to learn about options we have to remove excess fat and shape those hard to tackle areas – we are here to help you determine your best treatment options to attain maximum health and wellness. 

We are honored to be a part of this years ‘Best of the Pines’. Please vote for us at the link below and vote for us in the following categories: 

  • Best Place for Injectables and fillers
  • Best Place for a facial
  • Best Place to purchase alternative medicine


Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your community and Pinehurst, N.C.’s dermatological leader for the past 15 years! We are honored to be listed as one of the premier Dermatology practice’s in Pinehurst and are looking forward to serving our patients and community for many years to come.

Flu Season

The flu and cold season have hit Moore County very hard this year and now the threat of an outbreak of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 is apparent. At The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, we have always taken infection control throughout the year and flu season very seriously. We have been very cognizant of how easily infections are spread.  Now with the threat of COVID-19 we are reaffirming our dedication to keeping our office free of infections.

All of us can do our part to keep the threat of infections at bay. Our office is cleaned daily and the exam rooms, phones and community surfaces are wiped down regularly through-out the day. We encourage employees and clients to stay home when they are not feeling well and take this time to regain their health and avoid spreading any potential germs to others.

Taking Proper prevention and control measures is imperative. Everyone can join in by:

  1. Washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Using hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol if water is not available.
  3. Avoiding hand shaking.
  4. Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with your arm or tissue and disposing of the tissue properly.
  5. Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  6. Avoid all non-essential travel.
  7. Staying home and self-quarantining if you are sick.
  8. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly including desks, keyboards, phones, sink handles and door handles.

Additionally, it is the responsibility of each person to optimize their immune function and avoid the risk of getting sick. Proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and hydration all contribute to boosting our immune system. Low levels of Vitamin D can be associated with an increased risk of viral respiratory infections. Make sure that you are taking adequate doses of Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Multi-Vitamins and anti-viral supplements to help boost your natural defenses against environmental illnesses.

Be sensible, avoid risky situations and stay safe.

Ofelia N Melley MD and the Staff at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst

Journey to Optimal Health

We are already a few months into 2020.  Have you been sticking to your new year’s resolutions?  If not, there is still time to start making changes toward a healthier lifestyle.  Our providers at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst are available to help you reach your goals.  With today’s technological advancements and programs, looking and feeling your best is well within reach. 

Rid Your Body of Toxins The Right Way

If you have tried to detox on your own but did not get the results you hoped for, it is time to turn to the experts.  While detox diets claim to cleanse your body of toxins, they are not sustainable and could lead to serious health problems. 

Our trained professionals recommend Core Restore from Ortho Molecular as the best detox program available.  More than just a diet, Core Restore is a comprehensive 7- or 14-day diet, lifestyle and nutrient wellness program created to remove toxins, prevent future toxin buildup and improve energy levels.  At the end of the program, your body will be better equipped to continue on your path to a healthier way of living.

At The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, we offer other wellness and anti-aging remedies geared toward maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle.  These include:

Wellness Treatments

We will customize a program designed to reach your individual goals while delivering long-lasting results.  Our wellness treatments consist of:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT):  Relieves menopause symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness with medication
  • Medical Weight Loss: Doctor supervised program with diet, fitness and healthy behavior goals
  • Nutrient IV Therapy:  Provides your body with vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream
  • Detoxification programs: Eliminates toxins from the liver, kidneys, and other areas of the body

Laser Treatments

Improve your skin with resurfacing techniques creating new skin cells for a younger looking you.  

We suggest laser treatments for:

  • Hair Removal:  Erase unwanted hair from the face, leg, chin, back and other areas
  • Tattoo Removal:  Say good-bye to tattoos with fully or partial elimination
  • Skin Tightening:  A non-invasive and non-surgical approach to firmer skin
  • Skin Rejuvenation:  Reduce wrinkles, fine lines and scars
  • Acne:  Uses laser light beams to lessen scars due to previous acne outbreaks

Aesthetic Treatments

Get the look you want with the most effective cosmetic treatments on the market.  At your consultation, our doctors will recommend the best option based on your skin type and overall desired outcome.  Consider the following:

  • Neuromuscular Blockers:  BOTOX and Dysport are injectable treatments for temporary wrinkle removal
  • Fillers:  We recommend hyaluronic acid Restylane and Juvederm as ideal dermal fillers to plump up the skin and reduce the look of wrinkles
  • Kybella:  The only FDA-approved injectable that destroys fat cells under the chin
  • Facial Treatments:  From facials to chemical peels, microneedling to microdermabration and hydrafacials, we offer the latest medical spa treatments for the face and neck
  • Microblading:  Improves the shape or density of your eyebrows

Interested in beginning your journey to optimal health?  Schedule a consultation with The Laser Institute of Pinehurst today to discuss your goals and how we can help you achieve them.  Call 910-295-1130 or contact us here (links to  We look forward to meeting you!

Conquer Your Goals for the New Year

The new year is a better time than ever to try to get fit and in shape. Reaching your goal weight and getting that perfect figure can do wonders for your health -mentally and physically. Sure, there are some ways to improve your appearance, but wouldn’t it be a greater goal to actually feel better? Unfortunately, attaining these goals is not that easy, especially when you are going at it on your own. This is why many people look for professional help at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst to get them on the right track for a better tomorrow.

The benefits of wellness consultations

You will hear a lot of different things when you try to tackle weight loss struggles. It can almost feel like you are fighting a losing battle. Everyone is different, so what works for some does not necessarily work for others. For these reasons, it can be a great idea to seek a wellness consultation.

Speaking to one of our trained professionals can help you design the perfect program for you. Personalization allows you to optimize your time. Using your time more efficiently allows you to achieve the results you want faster and lets you focus on other parts of your life.

Here are just a few of the cutting-edge techniques available for you at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst:

Weight Management

At The Laser Institute of Pinehurst we provide a comprehensive, personalized approach to weight loss management and wellness solutions. We focus on individualized nutrition, vitamin supplements, sensible and realistic exercise recommendations, along with prescription treatment options when needed. No longer will you hear, “just eat less and exercise more.”

IV Therapy

Especially in modern times, it can be hard for you to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from diet alone. Just because you’re living in a modern world doesn’t mean your body settles for less. Not getting enough nutrition can have effects on your appearance, mood, and mental health.

Nowadays, there is a way to get yourself rejuvenated in just a couple of hours. By injecting nutrients directly into your body, you can combat deficiencies and feel fresher immediately.

Unlike oral nutrients, which have absorption rates of less than 30%, IV therapy gives you the maximum results with 100% absorption. This means maximum benefits.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone imbalances are a leading cause of weight problems in men and women. Hormones guide our body chemistry, telling our cells what needs to be done. If you are finding difficulties keeping your weight down or battling cravings, you may have a treatable hormone problem.

Correcting hormone imbalances may also treat libidos, energy levels, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, moodiness, and brain fog. The treatment known as Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) works by using hormones that are bio-identical to the ones we produce naturally in our bodies. These substances are made from plants but manipulated to resemble human hormones.

There are many ways you can look younger or healthier. Your goal should be to actually feel the results.

Consider getting a jumpstart on the new you for 2020 by calling 910-295-1130 to schedule your wellness consultation at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst today!

Laser Tattoo Removal vs Fading a Tattoo for a Cover Up

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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

Skin Rejuvenation Pinehurst NC

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

Proper Skincare Laser Institute of Pinehurst NC

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.