When it comes to facial rejuvenation, many people want to avoid invasive procedures and long recovery time. Patients want to look great without having to spend a lot of time feeling terrible. I understand these kinds of concern, and that’s why DOT Therapy Laser treatments are a great option.
The DOT Laser is a skin resurfacing treatment that treats damage of all kinds, including:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Age spots and hyperpigmentation (including those caused by sun damage)
- Stretch marks
Other laser treatments remove or “ablate” the top layer of skin, often resulting in a long and uncomfortable recovery time. But DOT therapy uses tiny pulses of energy – “dots” – to repair and correct damage. These energy pulses make the microscopic holes needed to treat your skin concerns while leaving plenty of healthy tissue in between – that’s why recovery time is shorter and healing is far quicker than traditional laser treatments. And for most patients, DOT therapy sessions take less than an hour to complete.
Another strong advantage of DOT therapy is that it is customizable to your skin and your needs. The laser can be continuously adjusted during treatment to make sure you are getting the results you want. Some patients have even reported immediate improvement in skin tightening. This treatment also encourages new collagen growth for continued improvement — up to nine months of it. DOT therapy can even be used on the delicate skin underneath the eyes, making it a terrific option to treat those particular fine lines and loss of firmness that herald the first signs of aging.
There are some disadvantages to DOT therapy, of course but they are very minor. In fact, no serious risks or side effects have been reported to date. Some patients experience a slight burning sensation during therapy, which a topical anesthesia can help prevent or at least lessen. Post-treatment, there will be some pinkness and swelling, comparable to minor sunburn. The total time of recovery can differ from patient to patient, depending on factors like individual skin sensitivity and the severity of the treatment itself – DOT therapy for minor skin blemishes, for example, is different than DOT therapy for deep wrinkles or facial scarring – but on average, recovery is complete in five to seven days.
Daily moisturizing is critical to the healing process; you skin will be very dry after the procedure. I can help recommend the best post-treatment skincare based on your individual needs. All in all, this is an incredibly safe, non-invasive procedure that produces excellent results, often after only a single treatment. Some patients only need one treatment, while other will require more than one. It all depends on your skin and what you are trying to correct or improve. Severe damage means more sessions, while minor skin irritations or marks mean fewer sessions.
At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for you. We’re here to make sure that your DOT therapy gives you the results you want, from the professionals you can trust.