DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) or Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a new and exciting way of reversing the appearance of aged or sun-damaged skin, smoothing wrinkles, improving laxity and reducing the appearance of scarring. Any person experiencing one or more of these issues and is a Fitzpatrick skin type I-III is a candidate for DOT Therapy. Also, this procedure is an excellent option for neck rejuvenation as it contracts the skin, promotes new collagen growth over time and helps to tighten this delicate area.
Wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun spots, most scars and skin laxity may be reduced or eliminated with DOT Therapy. One hour prior to the treatment a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin and will make the procedure more comfortable. During the treatment, your doctor will apply a pattern of tiny scanned pulses of laser energy into your skin. The laser precisely creates thousands of microscopic holes (DOT’s) in your skin which induce skin tightening and new collagen growth through the healing process. Unlike older laser technology, DOT Therapy leaves islands of healthy tissue surrounding the microscopic DOTs. This enables your skin to heal more rapidly.
In most cases, excellent results can be achieved in a single session. However, persons with severe wrinkling or deep acne scars may benefit from a series of treatments spaced about one month apart. Your doctor will advise you on what results you can reasonably expect.
After the healing process is complete your skin will appear noticeably tighter, smoother and more even toned.
Yes, afterward your skin will be red, similar to a sunburn. You may also experience some peeling for about three to four days. During your recovery period you will apply a hydrating lotion to keep your skin moist and promote rapid healing. In most cases, you may resume applying make-up after about three days. Your skin will return to its normal appearance in five to seven days.
Clear and Brilliant, a lighter resurfacing laser, can be used to prep the skin prior to a deeper CO2 resurfacing procedure or used after a CO2 to continue to improve upon the new collagen remodeling. It is also common to do monthly Dermasweep treatments or chemical peels to keep the skin in optimal health and to further enhance the benefits of laser resurfacing.
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