Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing (DOT Therapy)
DOT stands for dermal optical thermolysis. DOT therapy is the gold standard for skin rejuvenation in fractional laser resurfacing. At Water’s Edge Dermatology, we use the most advanced technology available – the SmartXide DOT CO2 laser.
What Is Fractional Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Fractional laser skin rejuvenation is a fresh new way to transform skin and enhance its overall appearance. DOT therapy can reverse the appearance of aged or sun-damaged skin, smooth wrinkles and fine lines, and minimize acne scars.
Because DOT therapy delivers the desired outcome with minimal downtime, it is rapidly replacing traditional CO2 laser skin resurfacing as the treatment of choice for mild to moderate signs of sun damage and aging skin.
How Does Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Prior to the procedure, we may apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to make the procedure more comfortable during treatment.
During the procedure, your Water’s Edge dermatologist will apply a pattern of tiny scanned pulses of laser energy to your skin with a controlled laser. The laser precisely creates thousands of microscopic holes (dots) in your skin, which immediately tightens your skin and stimulates new collagen growth. Patients are often amazed at how tight their skin feels immediately after the procedure.
After the laser procedure is completed, we will apply a cold compress. In most cases, it only takes about 20 minutes to treat the entire face.
The DOT procedure is customized to your skin by your provider. We can adjust the laser’s settings throughout the procedure to tailor treatment and obtain the best results for you. Adjustments can be made to more accurately treat specific areas such as acne scars on the cheeks or fine lines around the mouth.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Afterward, your skin will be red, similar to a sunburn. You may also experience some peeling after three or four days. In most cases, your skin will return back to its normal appearance in about 7 to 10 days.
Because the laser leaves healthy tissue between each microscopic dot, the skin heals faster after treatment. During your recovery period, you will apply a hydrating lotion to keep your skin moist and to promote rapid healing. In most cases, you may resume applying makeup after about three days.
How Many Treatments Are Required With Fractional Laser Skin Therapy?
In most cases, excellent results can be achieved in a single session. However, people with severe wrinkling or deep acne scars may benefit from a series of treatments spaced about one month apart. We will advise you on what results you can reasonably expect.
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