CO2 laser “DOT Therapy” is an innovative way to treat sun-damaged skin. Too much time spent in the sun can make you look older than you really are. It can lead to the development of dark spots, which are caused by pockets of concentrated melanin, which is the substance that gives the skin its pigment.
As you spend time in the sun working on your tan, the UV rays cause the skin to produce additional melanin. This is the body’s way of protecting itself against those harmful rays. Early on in life, this effect may be desirable, partly because you end up with a good tan and partly because you may not have been aware of the repercussions of too much sun exposure. When you repeat this tanning process over and over, your skin will eventually get to the point that the melanin begins to gather in spots in elevated levels. This is what causes those dark spots to form.
Another thing that frequently goes along with sun-damaged skin, as well as the aging process, is the lack of sufficient amounts of collagen to keep the skin tight. Collagen is a protein that is naturally produced by the body. Over time, the body begins to produce less of it and, as a result, the levels in the skin begin to drop. This makes the skin look loose, which leads to the formation of lines and wrinkles.
If you have sun-damaged skin, that youthful look you once enjoyed can be regained with the use of CO2 laser “DOT Therapy”. This method of treatment uses tiny microscopic laser energy pulses that target the skin in a way that leaves most of the outer layer of the skin untouched. This will speed up the healing process and bring about positive results faster.
The laser energy is converted to heat when it is absorbed in the lower skin layers. The heat then stimulates the production of more collagen. This is not a sudden occurrence, but rather, the collagen begins to grow and reaches its peak over the following months. When it does, the skin will have reached its optimum level of fullness. This does not mean that there will be no improvements in the appearance until months later. There will be some improvements that happen right away. It will just take some time for them to reach their peak.
If your skin is not what you would like it to be because of sun damage, you should learn more about CO2 laser “DOT Therapy” at Signature Medspa by Dr. Rogers, located on Redland Road in San Antonio. It may be just what you have been waiting on to rejuvenate your appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!