DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis)
Dermal Optical Thermolysis, otherwise known as “DOT,” is one of the newer laser treatments available to help your skin develop its own collagen and in the process take on a more healthy and fresh appearance. DOT uses CO2 (carbon dioxide) to treat wrinkles, scars, warts, enlarged oil glands on the nose, and other common skin conditions.
How is DOT different than other CO2 skin treatments?
While it is a CO2 treatment, unlike other CO2 treatments, it only targets “dots” – small spots – of skin, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. The result is that your skin tightens and freshens but there is less downtime than after a standard CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedure.
Am I a good candidate for DOT?
Like other CO2 treatments, DOT works better on lighter skin tones. If you have a darker skin tone, your doctor may suggest that you try an erbium laser treatment, as opposed to a CO2 laser treatment. If you have acne or stretch marks, your doctor may also suggest a different treatment.
How long does a DOT treatment take?
The time a DOT treatment requires depends on how much of your skin is being treated. A full face treatment can take up to 2 hours.
What are some of the risks associated with laser resurfacing treatments?
Laser resurfacing treatments may trigger the outbreak of cold sores, fever blisters, and acne on patients who are at risk for these events.
What preparation do I need to do before laser resurfacing?
We strongly recommend that anyone concerned with the appearance of their skin quit smoking all together. However, if you are a smoker, we will ask that you stop smoking for two weeks before your laser resurfacing treatment and refrain from smoking until your skin is healed after treatment. Smoking can greatly increase healing time and risk of post-treatment infection.
In your first free consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists, you will discuss the variety of treatments available to help your skin look healthier and younger. Your doctor will ask about your medical history and your expectations and together you will decide which treatment is right for you.