Dermal optical thermolysis (DOT) is one of the most advanced skin resurfacing treatments available. DOT laser therapy helps with the most common signs of aging and skin damage, such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sun damage.
How Does the DOT CO2 Laser Work?
CO2 lasers work by removing a layer of skin. The DOT CO2 fractional laser works in a slightly different way. The laser energy creates small perforations in your skin, and it only affects the targeted area, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The pattern that is created by the DOT laser promotes faster healing of the epidermis which produces results in a shorter period of time compared to fully ablative CO2.
Benefits of DOT CO2
Our DOT therapy laser offers many benefits. CO2 provides skin rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production. The treatment is customized to your personal needs, whether it’s a full face treatment or around your eyes. You can also use a DOT CO2 laser on the neck and decollete area to reduce crepiness and wrinkles.
What Should I Know About the DOT CO2 Laser Procedure?
DOT laser resurfacing is a relatively comfortable procedure, and you may feel a slight stinging during the procedure. The discomfort is significantly less than what occurs with other types of fractional facials, such as traditional CO2 skin resurfacing. Full facial laser therapy with the DOT technology takes approximately 20 minutes, and your entire appointment takes less than one hour. We apply a topical numbing cream before the treatment. The laser energy is applied in short bursts. Most cosmetic concerns are treated in a single session. More challenging flaws, such as severe sun damage, may require a series of treatments. The follow-up appointments are scheduled every four weeks until the desired improvement is achieved. We may also recommend treatments in the future as new signs of aging emerge.
DOT CO2 Laser Therapy Recovery
After the DOT laser facial treatment, your skin may feel sensitive, and it may have a pinkish appearance. You can expect your skin to have crusting and scabbing resulting in a downtime of 7-10 days depending on the treatment strength . Because your skin is more sensitive after the treatment, we recommend that you avoid direct sunlight and tanning for the first 5-6 weeks. We provide pre and post-care instructions to follow to optimize your results and ensure proper healing.
The cost of a DOT CO2 laser facial varies based on several factors, such as the size of the treatment area and the severity of the aging and skin damage. We provide a cost at the time of your consultation at VIP MediSpa.
The DOT CO2 laser is much more comfortable than a traditional CO2 skin resurfacing treatment. We do use a topical numbing cream to help you relax, but the procedure does not require general or local anesthesia.
As with any type of cosmetic procedure, there are some risks to consider before choosing a DOT CO2 laser treatment. Although rare, complications may include discoloration of the skin, including prolonged redness. A laser facial may not be the best option for all skin types.
The results of a DOT CO2 laser facial are long-lasting, but the treatment does not stop the natural aging process. We recommend that you continue to protect your skin against environmental factors and direct sunlight to prolong the results.