Laser Skin Resurfacing in Santa Rosa, CA
The Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Laser at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, is a safe and very effective in-office treatment for improving the appearance of aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin damage anywhere on the face or body.
Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery is one of the original Smart Side DOT Laser providers. With thousands of cases performed, Dr. Greg Chernoff is a pioneer and teacher of CO2 Laser Therapy and is among the most experienced laser providers in the country. Dr. Chernoff has used DOT therapy with optimal results on thousands of his patients.
Prior to any treatment or procedure, Dr. Chernoff or one of our trained and certified Health Care Providers determine if you are a candidate, review the risks and benefits, and provide all possible treatment alternatives.
Why DOT Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
You can better understand the cause of these fine lines by looking at what it is about the aging process that causes them to form. The deeper layers of your skin contain certain amounts of collagen. It is a protein that is produced by the body for the purpose of keeping the skin tight, firm, and full. As time progresses, your body will slow its rate of collagen production. This will result in the skin losing some of its fullness and becoming loose. Loose skin will necessarily start to wrinkle because of the slack that is created.
DOT Therapy uses a fractionated CO2 laser to precisely create thousands of microscopic penetration points (DOTs) in your skin. These penetration points induce skin tightening and stimulate new collagen growth. Unlike other laser resurfacing technologies, DOT therapy leaves islands of healthy tissue surrounding the microscopic DOTs. This enables your skin to heal more rapidly and minimizes overall damage.
Laser skin resurfacing can be effective at tightening the skin. As a result, the number and size of those lines and wrinkles will be reduced, and you will enjoy a more youthful appearance. This procedure is performed in the comfort of our office. It involves the use of laser energy in order to affect the skin. The end result is skin that is healthier and free from some of the blemishes that caused you to look for treatment in the first place. These lasers are also frequently used to give the skin a more even tone and smoother texture. For example, unwanted dark spots on the skin can be removed with this treatment method.
This treatment focuses laser energy toward the deeper layers of the skin while leaving the surface intact. The outer layer is penetrated by microscopic laser pulses. This method preserves healthy tissue that speeds along the healing process. Since the energy is focused primarily on the deeper layers of the skin, the production of collagen is stimulated. Over the following months, the collagen will grow to a level that is more like what it was during youth. The skin will tighten accordingly, reducing the fine lines and wrinkles. There will also be a certain amount of immediate skin tightening due to the skin’s initial response to the laser energy.
Combination & Enhancement DOT Laser Treatments Exclusive To Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery
We offer several DOT Laser Enhancements, that when topically applied following the procedure, can significantly improve results. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery “add-on” treatments include Nano Growth Factors, and Platelet Rich Plasma and Fibrin (PRP & PRFM). Additionally, we offer a variety of professional products specific to one’s skin type and problem areas, that when applied, can help hydrate, repair, and rejuvenate the treated skin.
What Does DOT Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatment And How Is It Performed?
DOT Fractionated CO2 is one of our most effective treatments for:
- Improving skin texture, quality, and large pores
- Reducing skin pigment
- Decreasing blood vessels
- Diminishing age spots and sun damage
- Improving acne
- Improving scars & stretch marks
DOT Laser Therapy is not painful and minimal discomfort is felt. Before your treatment, topical analgesic cream is applied to your skin. During the treatment, you will feel the heat of the laser and slight discomfort. After the treatment, your skin will feel warm like a mild sunburn.
What Is DOT Laser Therapy Recovery Like?
After treatment, patients will feel as if they have a sunburn. The recovery time will depend on the settings used for treatment. For individuals with minimal sun damage and only a slight decline in skin elasticity, there may be no downtime. Patients’ skin will be pink and slightly tender. Work and other activities may be resumed immediately.
For patients with severe sun damage, age spots, wrinkles, or scars, Dr. Chernoff may recommend a more aggressive treatment. Aggressive treatments can cause a moderate sunburn-like appearance. This may limit the patient from returning to work depending on how they feel about their appearance. Days after the procedure, the redness begins to fade. Aftercare instructions will be provided to help you care for the treated skin.
What Results Can I Expect?
DOT Therapy works immediately to remove pigment and sun spots. Additionally, the laser therapy stimulates collagen growth so you will see tightening and toning during the weeks and months following the treatment.