Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon
3131 Maple Dr. NE, Suite 102
Atlanta, Georgia 30305 US
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5 out of 5 stars Vanquish

Vanquish Laser - Atlanta, GA

I have been an employee with Dr. Forney for 9 years.

5 out of 5 stars Skin Rejuvenation

Best Doc for Youthful Skin and Medical Expertise! -Buckhead, GA

I've been a patient of Dr. Forney's for several years and feel she is the best derm in Atlanta as she is equally (and highly) skilled in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. She carries top of the line products and staffs the most skilled RN/aesthetic/laser team to ensure her patients get the best and most well-rounded experience at her practice. I'm 31 and Dr. F created an anti-aging...

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Excellent Experience and Well Worth It - Atlanta, GA

Dr. Forney was friendly and thorough. I was pleased with how she answered my questions and took care of my concerns. I appreciated the time she spent with me and the experience she brings to the table was comforting. I would recommend her to others in my position.

Tattoo Removal Laser Picosure - Atlanta, GA

I have been an employee with Dr. Forney for 9 years and I have always wanted to remove a tattoo that I got over 15 years ago. I did not like it anymore and wanted it gone quickly, but never treated it until now because the old laser we had in our office to remove tattoo's was painful and took a ton of treatments to remove a tattoo. I kept putting it off for years until Dr. Forney purchased the...

1 out of 5 stars Botox

Doctor -Atlanta, GA

Doctor Forney was excellent

2 out of 5 stars Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Not Worth the Money for Removing Age Spots

Overall I like my dermatologist but in this case she was too optimistic about the process and its anticipated results.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology


American Society for Dental Aesthetics (ASDA)
Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Duke University
    Medical: MD, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Internal Medicine, Duke University
    Residency: Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco

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A PicoSure Experience: On the Cutting Edge - Part 3 by Rutledge Forney, MD

At 48 hours, we check in with our green lizard and Chinese character patients. Both tattoos have been kept moist and covered. Both tattoos exuded some pigment onto the dressings, bypassing the need for the body to slowly absorb and eliminate the extruded pigment. This “tissue effect” is why it takes so long to eliminate tattoo ink. Tattoo ink is inserted under the skin in large (to our skin) chunks. Our body tries to eliminate the ink, as it would eliminate...

A PicoSure Experience: On the Cutting Edge - Part 2 by Rutledge Forney, MD

As we continue our training day, the green and blue lizard is next. The tail has not been numbed but the rest of the lizard has been coated in numbing gel for over 30 minutes. We use cooled air on the tail as well as on the rest of the body. No difference in pain per patient…next time she won’t bother with gel. See the before, during and after photos below. Our black sun which has been treated five times with the NdYag is numbed with a shot of Novicaine as...

A PicoSure Experience: On the Cutting Edge by Rutledge Forney, MD

Our PicoSure machine arrived in the office early this week. It got jostled in transit so the installation took two days instead of one. The technician and engineer (the machine is so cutting edge that they sent the chief engineer to make sure it is installed correctly) cautioned us to be extremely careful with it since the optics in the arm are so complex. The engineer called it a “lab machine” -- fresh from the lab! Our PicoSure trainer is in the office today for...

PicoSure is here and our first five patients have been treated!!!

PicoSure is here and our first five patients have been treated!!! All five can tell that this is a much better way to treat their tattoos, and it has only been four days since the first treatment. In the past, the most common complaints about tattoo removal include: • IT HURTS! NOT PICOSURE All of our patients who have had tattoo removal treatments in the past say PicoSure is much less painful. One guy with black and green bands on his arm, which have been treated too...

Anti-Aging Tips and Advice

Anti-aging. What the heck does that mean? People ask me all the time what is the best anti-aging product. Usually that means “what can make me look better today.” I usually answer that reversing the clock can be done to a certain degree, but the most achievable anti-aging is stopping the clock or slowing it down. As with education, even if you dropped out of college, you can work still work hard and get your B.A. later in life. What Causes the...

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Can my Colour Cover Up Tattoo Be Removed? (photo)

Picosure is the gold standard for tattoo removal and attacks the ink in two ways. A tattoo is just ink globlets that needs to be broken up into tiny... READ MORE

PicoSure Laser for Quicker Tattoo Removal?

We are having excellent results from our Picosure but previously treated tattoos like yours take deeper settings than untreated tattoos and still take... READ MORE

I am researching PicoSure for tattoo removal on my solid black shoulder/arm tattoo. Will it be effective? (photo)

Given the size and intensity of the ink, it may take more than the average 5 Picosure treatments to clear this tattoo. However, it will still not take... READ MORE

What if any laser treatment is appropriate for fair skinned mid to late 30s woman with moderate wrinkles?

Too much sun damage can be treated with laser at any age. Brown spots and prominent blood vessels will respond to IPL. Rough texture, fine lines,... READ MORE

How quickly do you see results after Vanquish?

We have tried Vanquish on a number of folks of different sizes. Women with large tummies have gotten the quickest results. During the 4 week... READ MORE

Is Vanquish effective on loose skin after massive weight loss?

Vanquish heats up fat without disturbing the skin and some of the fat dies. Vanquish avoids the skin which is why it is noninvasive, no need to worry... READ MORE

Does the original amount of fat affect how high a percentage Cool Sculpting will take away?

Studies on humans showed an average fat reduction of 23%, this did not change significantly between study subjects. The reason is that the caliper... READ MORE

Vanquish, CoolSculpting, Zerona. What's the Best?

We have done a trial with Zerona and we offer Coolsculpting and Vanquish as well as Smart Lipo in our office. Zerona took too much patient... READ MORE

Long-term Effects of Coolsculpting?

We have been doing Coolsculpting since it first became available. We had one relatively thin woman develop a subtle "shelf" above the area treated.... READ MORE

Picosure for New Blue Cover Up Tattoo?

Our experience is that Picosure is the bomb for blue ink. Don't know what is under that blue ink but the blue virtually disappears with one treatment.... READ MORE

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Trends in Body Contouring

Doctor Rutledge Forney explains why she is seeing more and more patients coming in for non-invasive body contouring treatments. WATCH VIDEO

What is Vanquish and How Does it Work?

Doctor Rutledge Forney explains how Vanquish works and what you can expect to experience when having the procedure. WATCH VIDEO

How to Choose Between Vanquish and CoolSculpting?

Doctor Rutledge Forney explains what body types are better suited for Vanquish or for CoolSculpting. WATCH VIDEO

Body Contouring to Kick Start Weight Loss

Doctor Rutledge Forney shares her findings that patients engaging with body contouring procedures appear to be more motivated to lose additional weight. WATCH VIDEO

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