DOT Therapy: The Future of Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
by Vanessa Day
For those suffering from the effects of over exposure to the sun and unsightly signs of aging, laser skin rejuvenation is a go-to solution to the problem. However, traditional CO2 lasers commonly left people’s faces looking raw, red and irritated. The lasers ablated the entire surface of the skin, causing longer healing time, discomfort and prolonged redness. With the recent advances in technology, a new breakthrough in laser skin rejuvenation is giving skincare patients an effective treatment option. DOT Therapy is a state-of-the-art procedure that is quick, minimally invasive and completely customizable. It almost sounds too good to be true.
What is DOT Therapy?
DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) Therapy is an advanced CO2 laser made in Italy by DEKA—one of the world’s largest laser manufacturers. As mentioned before, older versions of CO2 lasers would cover the entire face, so recovery time took a long time. Also, old lasers couldn’t treat non-facial areas like the neck and décolletage. The SmartXide DOT system has a range of options, and the treatment can be customized to meet each person’s skin requirements, creating incredible results and minimal downtime.
In less than an hour, patients will have tighter, smoother skin free of sun damage, brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. And DOT Therapy can be performed on anyone experiencing the side effects of aging.
What Makes DOT Different?
With other advanced skin rejuvenation treatments available such as Fraxel and Affirm, some people may be wondering why DOT Therapy is any better. This new procedure accurately delivers CO2 laser energy to targeted areas of the face and neck, effectively treating damaged skin. Also, the DOT system is unique because it utilizes a super-fast scanner that assists in “dot resurfacing,” meaning a customized pattern of dots is removed from the skin, not the entire skin surface like other treatments.
Once the treatment is administered, there is an instant skin tightening affect created by thousands of microscopic perforations. These incisions also stimulate collagen growth to improve overall tone and texture. As previously stated, DOT Therapy is customizable, and each treatment is tailored to the individual person based on the condition of their skin. Physicians can adjust the power of the laser throughout the session depending on the area of the face or the severity of skin damage. The technology also gives specialists more control and precision with the laser.
Are There Risks and Side Effects of DOT Therapy?
DOT Therapy is a very safe procedure and no serious risks have been reported. During treatment, patients will experience a slight burning sensation. Usually a topical anesthetic is required, especially if patients are receiving the treatment around the eyes. In this case, protective eye gear should be warn as a safety precaution.
After surgery, patients’ skin will be pink and there may even be some swelling, but these symptoms should subside in one or two days. The amount of downtime after treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s condition and the sensitivity of their skin, but usually skin will return to its normal appearance in about five to seven days. Makeup can be applied after receiving DOT skin rejuvenation, but skincare specialists will encourage patients to avoid it within the first day. Also, applying moisturizer is crucial, since skin is extremely dry after the procedure.
How Much Does DOT Therapy Cost?
Like many other skin resurfacing treatments, DOT does not come cheap. One session runs about $2,000. However, with the advanced technology, most patients only need one session to get the results they want. For people with more severe skin damage, more sessions may be required, causing the price to increase. If you are unsure whether or not you can afford this treatment, you should speak with a doctor about possible financing options to cover costs.
Is DOT Skin Rejuvenation Therapy Right for You?
If you are suffering from sun damage, abnormal pigmentation, acne scars, rough texture, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, brown spots or any other skin problems similar to these, you may be a good candidate for DOT skin rejuvenation. It’s a good idea to meet with a trained skincare physician who can properly assess your current condition and determine the best course of action.
If traditional skin resurfacing has concerned you in the past, perhaps you should look into DOT Therapy to help treat your troubled skin. If you want to learn more about this advanced laser skin rejuvenating procedure, or you would like to schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist in your area, contact us today.
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