Soon after Fraxel, the “Fractionated CO2 laser” became available, with a wide range of possible settings. This gave us the power of the CO2 laser and the ‘microbeams’ of Fraxel, providing optimal results but under local anaethesia (or numbing cream) with less discomfort and more rapid healing. It also gave us the ability to treat many more problem areas such The-fractionated-CO2-DOT-laser-gives-us-the-ability-to-treat-skin-wrinkles-or-scars-and-mucosal-surface-problems-over-as burns, surgical and acne scars, loose skin, stretch marks and mucosal surfaces over the whole body and all skin types.
The Fractional CO2 Laser delivers heat via microbeams or DOTs that penetrate into the skin and this triggers a natural healing process. The thermal damage causes collagen shrinkage, which is responsible for most of the skin tightening and skin thickening. The treatment decreases fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven pigmentation and promotes a more youthful and fresher complexion.
There is immediate improvement (post-healing) but, most importantly, further improvements in skin tightness and density occur as a result of collagen remodelling around 30 days after treatment and continue for up to one year.
Because not all of the skin is resurfaced during each treatment, multiple treatments will further improve overall skin texture and appearance.
Timeline after DOT shows new skin at 1 week and skin tightening at 3-4 weeks.