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Fractional Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) laser treatments are a micro-ablative procedure that can treat cosmetic concerns and skin conditions by resurfacing the skin.

Fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments are non-surgical, minimally painful procedures that treat skin conditions such as scars, and loose skin as well as cosmetic issues like dark spots and wrinkles. In the past, skin resurfacing or laser skin rejuvenation procedures were not safe for all skin tones, but fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments can be used on many types of skin.

Our surgeons have conducted extensive research on fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments which has led him to decide the SmartXide DOT Laser® is the best laser for his patients. In this article, he will discuss the technology behind the SmartXide DOT Laser and what you can expect if you’re considering fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments in San Diego.

Before & After

What is the Fractional CO2 DOT Laser?

The fractional CO2 DOT laser is a skin resurfacing device that treats many skin conditions by delivering small beams of light deep into the skin. The laser makes tiny perforations into the skin while leaving the surrounding area unharmed. This stimulates the healing process and new collagen growth, which results in firmer, smoother skin and a more even complexion.

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According to a 2018 publication from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “laser skin resurfacing can treat wrinkles, discoloration in the skin, and scars.” Unlike other skin resurfacing treatments, the SmartXide DOT Laser is safe to use on a wide range of skin tones. Fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments are commonly used on the face, but can also treat the neck, chest, hands, and several other areas of the body.

The Future of Skin Rejuvenation

According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2017 statistical report, the USA’s micro-ablative resurfacing procedures accounted for more than a fourth of the micro-ablative resurfacing procedures performed worldwide. Many patients choose fractional CO2 DOT laser skin rejuvenation because it is a convenient procedure that offers aesthetic benefits while treating several skin issues.

Moreover, patients are choosing skin resurfacing treatments more often than surgery because:

  • the pain is minimal
  • the recovery time after a fractional CO2 DOT Laser treatment lasts between a few days to a little over a week
  • the procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete 

While fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments are associated with minor pain, a topical anesthetic is administered before the procedure to reduce pain and discomfort.

What is the Cost of Fractional CO2 DOT Laser Treatments?

Fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments are a cost-efficient choice for patients who are not ready for cosmetic surgery but want long-term and extensive results. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2017 statistical report, the average cost for fractional skin resurfacing is around $3,000 per session. You will probably need a few sessions to achieve your desired results in the beginning, then minor treatments every few months or years to maintain your results as long as you protect your skin.

Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa specialize in offering the most advanced cosmetic procedures available. Our surgeons and our laser nurse are always happy to do a consultation, during which they will discuss which fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments are best for you.

The Remarkable Results of the SmartXide DOT Laser

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery reports in a 2018 article, “surgeons and patients are choosing fractional lasers more frequently because they remove a fraction of the skin, allowing the laser to safely penetrate deeper into the skin and achieve more dramatic results with less downtime.” In addition, fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments are ideal for patients who want long-term results. With quality skincare and protection, skin resurfacing outcomes can be maintained for years.

Fractional CO2 DOT laser treatments can even skin complexion, remove scars and wrinkles, and stimulate collagen growth. As such, patients observe smoother, younger-looking skin. Many patients express increased self-esteem and confidence after they have received laser skin rejuvenation.

The SmartXide DOT Difference

The SmartXide DOT Laser uses the most advanced skin resurfacing technology available, thereby providing better efficacy, shorter recovery time, and less pain. In addition, our plastic surgeons are able to customize your treatment with the SmartXide DOT Laser according to your skin tone, texture, and unique needs.

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Medspa Treatments in Del Mar: The Clear Choice

Ranch & Coast offers patients an elevated medspa experience. We are helmed by three board-certified plastic surgeons, each of whom oversees or delivers each medspa procedures. From our office staff to our nurse providers, each step of treatment is met with complete attention to detail. 

Dr. Paul E. Chasan, our Founder and Medical Director, created Ranch & Coast in Del Mar as a cosmetic oasis, helping patients gain confidence in their daily life. He has over two decades of providing his patients with successful outcomes, in both surgical and non-surgical procedures. If you are interested in non-surgical rejuvenation, your next step is a private consultation with one of our providers or plastic surgeons. Please call our office to schedule an appointment. 

Meet your Provider  - Wilma Reilly, R.N. 

Wilma is a seasoned nurse with an impressive career dedicated to healthcare excellence. She is both trusted in the ambiance of the medical spa and the dynamic environment of the operating room. In the operating room, she finds joy in the transformation of her face lift and rhinoplasty patients due to the immediate transformation on the table. In the medical spa she specializes in non-ablative lasers, Scarlet microneedling RF, and the well-known CO2 laser. Her commitment to patient care is evident in her follow-up care and desire to deliver the best results possible.

Additional Reading and References

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery: Skin Resurfacing Guide 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Laser Skin Resurfacing 

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank

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