When patients express an interest in rejuvenating their face with a non-surgical procedure, our team at Athena Plastic Surgery often recommends DEKA DOT (dermal optical thermolysis) laser resurfacing to achieve the most transformative results. Some of these patients immediately make a worried face because they are familiar with the substantial downtime certain CO2 lasers require.
This concern is understandable since earlier versions of CO2 lasers could mean weeks of downtime, which is not what most people want from a non-surgical treatment. Fortunately, the DEKA laser offers all the benefits of an ablative laser treatment with significantly less downtime. That means you can go outside and show off your newly refreshed face much sooner.
Benefits of CO2 Laser
The DEKA DOT laser smooths the skin by evening out rough texture and reducing lines and wrinkles. It is also effective at reducing hyperpigmentation, acne scars and pore size. Because this laser is stronger than non-ablative lasers, it is capable of making more dramatic improvements to the skin. This makes it more appropriate for moderate to serious signs of aging and sun damage.
How the DEKA Laser Works
The DEKA DOT uses CO2 laser energy to heat multiple layers of skin. Dr. Avron Lipschitz can adjust the handpiece for different portions of the face and neck to address the specific needs. This allows him to better treat more sensitive areas like around the eyes and mouth. During the treatment, DEKA expels cool air so that you do not feel uncomfortable from the heat. While traditional CO2 lasers are known to cause bleeding, that is not the case with the DEKA DOT.
While some of the results are visible quickly — even after just one treatment — the full results become progressively better over the following few months. That’s because the lasers stimulate new collagen and elastin production, which further tightens and rejuvenates the skin.
For the first few days, your skin may appear reddened like a sunburn. It is okay to use makeup to cover up any imperfections (just make sure to wear sunscreen with a strong SPF when outdoors). The texture of your skin will be rough initially, but the epidermis will gradually flake off, revealing a healthier layer of skin beneath. The Athena Plastic Surgery team will recommend a moisturizing cream to keep the skin moist as it heals.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have always been interested in the benefits of an ablative laser but have hesitated due to a longer recovery, you should be thrilled to see how easy the DEKA DOT laser has made the entire skin resurfacing process. To learn more from Dr. Avron and the team at Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart, Florida, please call 772-266-5003.