Laser Procedures

Offered at our convenient location in Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Once only the stuff of science fiction, lasers have become a staple of the aesthetic industry. Their power, precision and versatility make them ideal for cosmetic dermatology. Lasers operate on the principles of optics—it’s a fascinating technology. Your skilled and certified aesthetic laser clinician will bend and manipulate light to help you achieve a smoother, younger and more beautiful you. It’s no illusion. Laser procedures eliminate scars and wrinkles, permanently reduce hair growth and restore a tender, vivacious glow to aged skin.

Dr. David Clayton is a medical legacy. He comes from a family of plastic surgeons who have served the Salt Lake City region for generations. His father, in fact, was one of the first plastic surgeons in all of Utah. “Dr. Dave” has years of experience under his belt, but those years haven’t hardened his receptiveness to new ideas. That’s why Clayton Plastic surgery is proud to present our full suite of aesthetic laser procedures. 

Contact the office for a consultation. Dr. Clayton or one of his courteous and professional staff will assist you. Call (801) 937-9650 to see which aesthetic laser procedure is right for you.        

CO2 Fraxel Laser

CO2 Fraxel Laser

The CO2 Fraxel is a fractional laser, a designation that describes its radiant beam. It is is an advanced skin resurfacing treatment that utilizes non-ablative and ablative wavelengths to target assorted skin concerns. Since this laser addresses surface skin, as well as underlying structures, it can successfully diminish hyperpigmentation, reduce the appearance of acne scars, soften wrinkles and correct sun damage. Results quickly become apparent and are long-lasting.[1]


Ideal candidates for the procedure have clear, acne-free skin and a light complexion. Darker complected individuals may experience hyperpigmentation from CO2 Fraxel’s powerful beam.


The laser’s fractional beam only targets 25% to 40% of the skin’s surface to shorten your recovery and reduce complications. The device projects a dotted pattern, reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book newsprint parodies—zap! Its concentrated beams vaporize skin cells. The remaining skin is left unharmed

Lumecca IPL

Lumecca is the most powerful intense pulsed light (IPL) to treat pigmented and vascular lesions. Lumecca operates using photothermolysis, which provides a photofacial through the delivery of comfortable light treatment

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial

With IPL, you can rejuvenate your skin with the brilliant power of pure white light! What we perceive as “white” light actually contains all the colors of the rainbow. We can observe this when a crystal prism refracts a ray of sunlight. White light dapples the visible world and creates the spectrum of color we see around us. Similarly, your IPL photofacial showers your skin in multiple wavelengths, all of which react to the pigments in unwanted features, like rosy red rosacea, burgundy broken capillaries and coffee-colored brown spots.[2] 


Lumecca can be used on all areas of the body. The most common areas of treatment are zones that are regularly exposed to the sun. This often includes the face, neck, décolletage, legs, hands and arms.


Lumecca provides excellent results in as little as one to three sessions, compared to other pulsed light treatments that can take five to six sessions. After just a single session, patients notice significant improvements in their complexion and clarity of the skin.

DiolazeXL Laser Hair Removal

DiolazeXL Laser Hair Removal

DiolazeXL is an advanced laser hair removal procedure that safely and gently eliminates unwanted hair. DiolazeXL has one of the largest treatment spot sizes, making treatments convenient and fast. The combination of efficacy, patient comfort and speed makes DiolazeXL a leader in laser hair removal. It is powerful enough to target even the most stubborn hair.

What is a Diode Laser?

DiolazeXL’s diode laser emits light energy at a single wavelength. The energy passes through the skin. It is absorbed by the melanin at the roots of dark hair follicles. DiolazeXL delivers high-frequency pulses to harmlessly halt hair growth. The device is safe for all skin types.[3] 


Hair is reduced with each treatment and results are observed after four to six sessions. The number of sessions will differ depending on your hair color, hair type, treatment area and skin tone.

Personal Consultation

Your personal consultation at Clayton Plastic Surgery is an opportunity to find out which laser procedure is right for you. Our staff of medical professionals will review your medical history after a brief physical examination. This is your opportunity to ask questions so that you can make an informed decision on your treatment options. 

Contact the office for a consultation. Call Clayton Plastic surgery at (801) 937-9650.

How Much Do Laser Procedures Cost in Salt Lake City?

Prices for laser procedures vary considerably depending on the type of procedure, the size of the treatment area and the number of sessions. Your personal consultation at Clayton Plastic Surgery will provide ample opportunity to learn more about these procedures. One of our attentive medical professionals will clearly outline our cost structure at this time. 

The Future of Skin Care is Now 

Dr. David Clayton has been a practicing plastic surgeon for decades. His family has served Salt Lake City for even longer. But Dr. Dave has his eyes on the future. You will find the most advanced tools and techniques employed regularly at Clayton Plastic Surgery. 

Check out our patients’ rave reviews to see all the fine work we’ve done! 


Is laser treatment good for skin?

Laser resurfacing removes the top layers of superficial skin with precision. The process eliminates scars and wrinkles, leaving the skin with a smooth and even tone. If you have experienced skin damage due to aging, severe acne or prolonged exposure to the sun, you may benefit from laser skin resurfacing. CO2 Fraxel Laser’s high technology is exceptionally accurate and its outcomes are more reliable than a chemical peel. Results last up to six months, on average.        

How many CO2 Fraxel Laser treatments are needed?

The optimum number of CO2 Laser treatments is determined by its target. Eliminating uneven pigment is a relatively easy job. You can expect to zap away unwanted freckles, brown spots and embarrassing birthmarks in as little as two treatments. Wrinkles and small scars present a greater challenge. After two or three laser treatments, however, you will start to see them fade as if being rubbed out by a magic eraser. There are some mature men and women who must endure both acne scars and wrinkles. But, like a flash of light, help is here! Wrinkled, scarred skin begins to clear up after five sessions or less. 

Does intense pulsed light (IPL) remove brown spots?

Flawless skin is no longer a dream. Intense pulsed light treatments are effective and long-lasting. The results of your IPL photofacial outperforms outcomes seen from caustic, chemical creams and concealing makeup. Lumecca IPL leverages the science of optics to do its amazing work. Its broadband emitter radiates electromagnetism at multiple wavelengths. The rays pass harmlessly through the skin as they are drawn to the darker pigments within. The melanin heats up and is destroyed. The rest of your skin feels no different than it would on a warm, sunny day. Brown spots flake off within a few days. After three to five treatments, your target area will be completely free of unwanted coloration.        

Does laser hair removal affect fertility?

No. This is a myth. No aesthetic laser, no matter how powerful, is capable of causing infertility. By definition and design, these devices treat the skin. A med spa laser’s array of rays shower the dermis with multiple wavelengths at varying power. Their spectacular technology can target specific features beneath the skin’s surface without ever touching them. The internal organs are unaffected. Overall, diode laser hair removal with devices like DiolazeXL is a very safe procedure. Side effects are mild, including redness, irritation and a slim chance of pigmentation change. Regardless, lasers are complex devices. To avoid any potential harm, be sure to seek treatment from only a trained and certified aesthetic laser clinician.     

What can I expect after an IPL photofacial?

The photofacial lavishes your skin in intense pulsed light. The rays of electromagnetism are similar to the light rained down upon us by the sun. Your skin stands up to IPL the same as it would on a warm summer’s day. You can expect some mild redness and swelling the first day after treatment. But your recovery is minimal and there is no downtime. You can get a photofacial on your lunch break and return to work right after! As the week progresses, you will notice your brown spots begin to break up and fade away. Be sure to protect your skin until you have completely recovered. Wear wide-brimmed hats and apply 30 SPF sunscreen (or higher) each time you go outside—even on cloudy days!  


  1. Ong, M., & Bashir, S. (2012). Fractional laser resurfacing for acne scars: a review. British Journal of Dermatology, 166(6), 1160–1169. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.10870.x
  2. Negishi, K., & Matsunaga, K. (2009). Intense Pulsed Light Therapy in Aesthetic Dermatology. Nippon Laser Igakkaishi, 31(1), 53–60. doi: 10.2530/jslsm.31.53
  3. Koo, B., Ball, K., Tremaine, A.-M., & Zachary, C. B. (2014). A comparison of two 810 diode lasers for hair removal: Low fluence, multiple pass versus a high fluence, single pass technique. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 46(4), 270–274. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22226