CO2 Laser in Chicago at MAE Plastic Surgery
Dramatic laser results without an extended downtime period are possible with a fractionated CO2 laser treatment by Dr. Michael Epstein at MAE Plastic Surgery. We use an innovative laser system called the DOT laser to bring our patients the best in laser technology and skin rejuvenation. The DOT laser offers patients the powerful rejuvenation of a CO2 laser with less downtime and less discomfort than a traditional CO2 laser. Come into MAE Plastic Surgery to enjoy stunning skin transformations with significantly less downtime than a traditional laser treatment.
How Does the DOT Laser Work?
The DOT laser is a revolutionary laser treatment. It is a fractional ablative laser treatment that uses the latest aesthetic technology to provide exceptional results. Because it is a fractional laser, the DOT laser treats only a portion of the skin, leaving surrounding areas of tissue healthy and undamaged, which helps speed the healing process.
The CO2 laser heats water in the skin to stimulate healing and collagen production, similar to all ablative lasers. However, unlike other ablative lasers, the DOT laser heats tissues deep within the skin, ensuring minimal damage to the surface. This laser reduces the time period of redness, flaking, and peeling by protecting the skin’s outermost layers while providing the powerful rejuvenation for which ablative lasers are known.
Reducing thermal damage to the skin can also significantly reduce downtime. Depending on the desired depth of the treatment patients can often return to work and social activities within a few days. Stunning results with less downtime make the DOT laser one of the most sought-after laser treatments in Chicago.
What Skin Concerns Can a CO2 Laser Treat?
CO2 lasers are a versatile treatment option to address many skin concerns. They are popular amongst patients who are starting to see signs of aging or want to slow the aging process. Patients commonly see improvement in the following skin concerns after a DOT laser treatment:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Large pore size
- Uneven skin tone
- Age spots and hyperpigmentation
- Sun damage
- Rough skin texture
Ask Dr. Epstein or one of his team of highly qualified aesthetic nurse injectors and aestheticians if a laser treatment can improve the appearance of your skin.
Am I a Good Candidate for the CO2 Laser?
If you want to improve the appearance of your skin with minimal downtime, a CO2 laser treatment may be right for you. Schedule a consultation to review your skincare goals and medical history with our team to determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure.
The best candidates for this procedure are:
- Light to medium skin tone — Darker skin tones may experience hyperpigmentation after a CO2 laser treatment.
- Not pregnant or breastfeeding — Due to the unknown effects of cosmetic treatments on developing babies, most treatments we offer, including the DOT laser, are not recommended for patients who are pregnant.
- Seeking dramatic improvement in the appearance of the skin — The CO2 laser produces dramatic results and is ideal for patients who want to improve the skin’s appearance significantly.
A consultation with Dr. Epstein or his team of highly qualified aesthetic nurse injectors and aestheticians is the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for this fractional ablative laser treatment.
Recovery After a CO2 Laser Treatment
The DOT laser significantly reduces downtime and recovery when compared to a traditional ablative laser treatment.
- Minimal social downtime — There is no need to miss a lot of time off of work or other activities after treatment. Due to mild redness, some patients choose to skip work and social activities for a few days.
- Less flaking and peeling — Due to reduced thermal damage to the skin, most patients experience minimal flaking and peeling of the skin.
We’ll provide detailed information about caring for your skin during recovery, including recommending that patients drink adequate amounts of water and use topical moisturizing treatments to help the skin stay hydrated. As the skin may be more sensitive to the sun temporarily, limit your time in the sun and use sunscreen to protect the skin as it heals.
Learn More About the DOT CO2 Laser in Chicago
If aging skin is dragging down your appearance, turn to MAE Plastic Surgery. As one of Chicago’s top plastic surgery practices, we have the surgical and non-surgical treatments you need to feel confident and beautiful at every age. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Epstein to learn more about the DOT CO2 laser or our other comparable treatments, including Morpheus 8 or laser hair removal.
Contact MAE Plastic Surgery to learn more or schedule your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About the CO2 Laser
How much does a CO2 laser treatment cost in Chicago?
For detailed pricing information about the DOT laser or other aesthetic treatments at MAE Plastic Surgery, contact our office or schedule a consultation.
How long does a DOT laser treatment take?
DOT CO2 laser treatments usually take about an hour to accomplish if you include time for either topical numbing or intraoperative anesthesia. A full-face actual treatment time takes about 20 – 30 minutes.
Will my skin be red after a CO2 laser treatment?
Temporary redness is a potential side effect of laser treatments. If redness occurs, it typically looks similar to a mild sunburn and fades within a few days to a few weeks depending on the depth of treatment.
Is the DOT laser safe for dark skin tones?
Laser treatments occasionally cause hyperpigmentation in patients with darker skin tones. If you have medium to dark skin, Dr. Epstein may recommend other treatment options instead of the CO2 laser. Morpheus 8, Fractora, or a chemical peel are alternative good treatment options for patients who are at risk of hyperpigmentation after laser.
How many laser treatments will I need?
Most patients enjoy stunning results after their very first DOT CO2 laser treatment. The number of treatments will often depend on the magnitude of the skin problem and the depth of each treatment. This would all be discussed when setting up your unique treatment plan. Yearly maintenance treatments can help patients to maintain their results.
Can I get a laser treatment to complement my facelift results?
Laser treatments are an excellent option for enhancing and maintaining the results of our surgical treatments. Improve your skin tone and smooth wrinkles with a laser treatment so your facelift results can continue to look their best.
How is the DOT laser different than a CoolPeel laser?
The CoolPeel laser is one of the hottest laser treatments right now, but popularity doesn’t mean superiority. Dr. Epstein chose the DOT laser for MAE Plastic Surgery because of its power and versatility. Like the CoolPeel laser, the DOT laser offers dramatic rejuvenation with limited thermal damage to the skin and reduced downtime. Our DOT laser treatments are some of the best laser treatments available in Chicago and are performed by skilled technicians under the supervision of Dr. Epstein.
Is the DOT laser treatment painful?
The DOT laser’s innovative technology combined with adequate anesthesia allows for a more comfortable laser experience. With a topical numbing cream, treatment isn’t painful, and most patients report little to no discomfort. You may feel a snapping or stinging sensation during treatment. This sensation is temporary and experienced only as the laser is fired.