Laser Skin Resurfacing (includes DOT and CO2)
Modern technology provides a variety of successful laser resurfacing treatments for improving the condition of the skin. Laser skin treatments employ focused beams of light energy to counteract the effects on the skin of acne, aging, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, scars, or poor nutrition. Resurfacing laser treatments are safe and efficient, requiring little downtime to provide effective results.
Much less invasive than dermabrasion and chemical peels, laser treatments remove damaged skin and rejuvenate the patient’s appearance. Most of the time, such treatments are sought for the face, but may also be performed on other parts of the body.
Reasons for Laser Resurfacing
Patients seek laser resurfacing for a variety of reasons, all related to discontent with their appearance. Laser resurfacing may be performed for any of the following reasons:
- To decrease or eliminate wrinkles or stretchmarks
- To diminish the appearance of scars
- To rejuvenate non-responsive skin after a facelift
- To remove age spots or spider veins
- To repair sun-damaged skin
- To improve skin tone due to melasma or other causes
- To remove warts or birthmarks
- To decrease the size of enlarged pores
- To remove tattoos
Types of Laser Resurfacing
DOT Therapy (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) is a new and exciting way of reversing the appearance of aged or sun-damaged skin, smoothing wrinkles, and reducing the appearance of acne or other scars. DOT Therapy is performed in Dr. Jensen’s office using the SmartXide DOT™ laser system. Because DOT Therapy delivers the desired outcome with minimal downtime, it is rapidly replacing traditional laser skin resurfacing as the treatment of choice for mild to moderate signs of photo damage and aging skin.
The Benefits and Results
DOT Therapy with the SmartXide DOT CO2 laser offers the ultimate in skin rejuvenation in just under an hour for most treatments. It is performed under Intravenous sedation in our accredited office-based operating suite. DOT Therapy is ideal for the treatment of sun damage, brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity/texture and acne scars. Not only does the DOT offer amazing results, but it does so safely and quickly with little downtime. The secret is out and the benefits of DOT Therapy speak for themselves:
- Minimal downtime
- Rapid healing
- Quick procedure
- Low risk
- Accurate results
- Customized treatment
- Minimally invasive
- Renewed skin
- Treatment of multiple issues at once
- Little or no anesthesia
If you have spent years in the sun, especially without adequate sun protection, then you know what it can do to your skin. Wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun-spots, skin laxity may be reduced or eliminated with DOT Therapy. Also, if you have scars from acne or other skin injuries, then you may also be a candidate for this procedure.
Now, with DOT Therapy, an innovative, new laser procedure, less than one hour in Dr. Jensen’s office may restore your skin’s youthful appearance. While the aging process cannot be stopped, with proper care you can maintain your rejuvenated skin’s appearance for many years!
DOT Therapy is the ideal approach for skin rejuvenation. During the procedure, your doctor will apply a pattern of tiny scanned pulses of laser energy to your skin. The DOT Therapy laser precisely creates thousands of microscopic holes (DOT’s) in your skin, which induce immediate skin tightening and stimulate new collagen growth. DOT Therapy is designed to improve the skin’s texture and tone and to fight fine lines, deep wrinkles, and acne scars.
Unlike older laser technology, DOT Therapy leaves islands of healthy tissue surrounding the microscopic DOTs. This enables your skin to heal more rapidly. Afterward, your skin will be red, similar to a sunburn. You may also experience some peeling after about three to four days. In most cases, your skin will return to its normal appearance in about five to seven days.
Dr. Jensen may apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to make the procedure more comfortable during the treatment. After the laser procedure is completed, a cold compress will be applied. 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 make up after about three days.
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. Dr. Jensen will advise you on what results you can reasonably expect.
DOT Therapy.™ The secret is out.
- Reverse the appearance of aged and sun damaged skin
- Improve texture and laxity
- Smooth wrinkles
- Reduce the appearance of acne and other scars
DOT Therapy can be performed safely on nearly anyone with signs of aging skin. For more information, ask Dr. Jensen. Make an appointment today to ask Dr. Jensen if DOT Therapy is right for you.
C02 treatment, also known as carboxytherapy, is a nonsurgical procedure that injects carbon dioxide (C02) directly into the skin to stimulate blood flow and improve the appearance of the skin. The injected C02 gas improves skin elasticity and stimulates collagen production as well.
C02 is FDA approved to effectively treat wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and many other skin impurities. It can also be used to reduce localized fat and can be performed with or without liposuction. The number of sessions needed to achieve desired results depends on the type of treatment but usually ranges from four to ten. C02 injections are considered a safe procedure with minimal side effects.
Risks of Laser Resurfacing
Although laser skin treatment is considered safe for most patients and is typically performed with no long-term complications, there are certain risks associated with any type of medical procedure. While considered rare, risks may include:
- Pigmentation changes
- Milia, tiny white bumps on the skin
Recovery from Laser Resurfacing
Recovery from laser resurfacing procedures varies according to the particular procedure undergone and the individual patient’s skin type. In all cases, however, patients who have undergone these treatments should avoid sun exposure wherever possible.