Skin resurfacing techniques vary considerably and include abrasive and chemical peeling, heat conduction, and facelifts. One of the more recent approaches to treating uneven skin tone, fine wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation is fractional laser therapy. A treatment known as DOT, which is the abbreviation for dermal optical thermolysis, concentrates laser beams and tightly focuses them. The beam can be separated into thousands of tiny ones, and each of them penetrates deep into the skin. This triggers a response by the body to build up healthy new tissue.
We offer complete consultation services that describe DOT laser therapy in detail. This is a non-invasive procedure that stimulates replacement of damaged, thinning, and discolored skin. Downtime is minimal, and any swelling that occurs quickly subsides.
Using Laser Light
Lasers are instruments that produce a beam of light energy in a specified wavelength. Normal light contains many different frequencies and wave amplitudes. Laser light is monochromatic, meaning a single wavelength of light can be concentrated and focused. The instrument used in DOT laser therapy doesn’t produce beams that are strong enough to pass through stone – like you see on TV – so there’s no reason to be frightened.
Each layer of skin is of a different tone and density. It is, therefore, important to program the wavelength to pass through tissue that is not to be heated. When a DOT laser is used for facial skin treatment, the laser is calibrated to cauterize one layer of skin at a time, hence the name fractional laser therapy.
The beams pass through the skin layers one at a time, so, in the end, there are thousands of tiny columns of tissue that are completely gone.
After the Treatment
The time for a complete facial resurfacing using a DOT laser may vary. The body soon begins to send nutrients to the thousands of tiny wounds. The resulting tissue buildup takes several weeks, but the supporting subdermal layers are now full of new collagen, and the skin surface itself becomes tighter, more smooth, and even-toned. If necessary, a second treatment session can be scheduled a month or two after the first.
Are You a Candidate for DOT Laser Treatment?
If you suffer from poor skin tone on the face, have small pigment variations, or have minor wrinkles caused by poor skin support structure, we may be able to help. Contact The Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas today to get all the facts about DOT laser therapy and to schedule your own personal consultation.