What Is the DEKA Fractional CO2 Laser?

To understand this laser, it is first necessary to understand fractional laser resurfacing. Patients hoping to correct common concerns like fine lines, scars, and sun damage choose laser resurfacing because it is highly effective. Treatment targets only a portion (or fraction) of skin at one time. Each targeted area receives tiny zones of laser energy that penetrate below the surface and into the skin’s second layer, known as the dermis.
The DEKA DOT elevates fractional laser technology by injuring the skin in patterns known as micro ablative columns (MACs). Surrounding tissue, or that which isn’t treated is preserved to enhance your treatment comfort. This unique approach also promotes more rapid healing and collagen remodeling.

  • DEKA DOT is Fractional CO2 laser that uses a laser skin resurfacing technology that is considered safer, more powerful and more efficient than previous CO2 lasers.
  • Offers the benefits of a traditional Fractional CO2 treatment WITHOUT the significant discomfort and extended downtime associated with other fractional CO2 treatments.
  • Performed by DEKA DOT laser, with it’s proprietary SMARTpulse technology. The pulses deliver a controlled micro-trauma to the skin layers creating micro-channels to stimulate the skin’s innate repair and renewal process.
  • DEKA DOT therapy spaces the pulses so a lot of healthy tissues remain untouched between the micro-channels, while the “dots” stimulate renewal and collagen. These areas of healthy tissues is what allows the skin to heal more rapidly and minimizing overall damage than with other resurfacing treatments.
  • Used for face most often but can treat more sensitive areas such as the neck, back of the hands and area around the eyes as well.
  • Treatment is customizable, can be light, moderate or aggressive depending on goals of treatment

What skin conditions does the DEKA DOT treat?

  • Fine lines and Wrinkles
  • Crepey Skin
  • Skin Laxity
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Sun damage
  • Brown spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scars

How Skin Changes Over Time

Every part of the body changes with age, but the most visible effects happen to the skin. Hormone fluctuations can reduce facial volume, while the body’s natural production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid dramatically drops. Collagen and elastin give skin its firm shape and youthful bounce. Hyaluronic acid, meanwhile, delivers a radiant glow by keeping skin smooth and hydrated.
While all three components are crucial to skin health, collagen is often considered the most important. Production starts slowing around age 25, but the DEKA DOT Fractional CO2 laser ignites new collagen formation by “injuring” the skin. This is a deliberate component of treatment that leverages the body’s natural healing abilities to create softer, younger-looking skin.

What Is Collagen Remodeling?

Collagen remodeling is the process of promoting new collagen production while also tightening and rearranging existing collagen fibers. These two acts work synergistically to produce supple skin free of damage. Skin’s underlying supportive network is also made stronger and firmer as collagen fibers reorient and rearrange themselves.
Collagen remodeling takes place when the body believes it has been hurt, such as when you nick your finger. Fractional lasers harness this tendency and trigger collagen production by placing stress on existing fibers. The controlled injuries inflicted by these lasers disrupt the skin’s deep tissues without harming surface layers.

The DEKA DOT: A Fine-Tuned Machine

The DEKA DOT is a versatile laser with multiple settings – including density and duration – that allow us to tailor the energy delivered. We can therefore customize this therapy to meet the individual needs of each patient. And treatment sessions are quick, usually taking around 30 minutes to complete so you can get on with your day.
Thanks to the DOT emission, the laser alternates micro areas of thermal damage with untreated tissue (as mentioned earlier). Your skin will heal in a matter of days as opposed to the weeks often required with more invasive treatment. As for safety, the advanced technology behind the DEKA DOT allows it to gently but effectively ablate numerous dermatological concerns. This laser is even suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.

Expect Rapid Results

We have great news if you’re worried results will take a lengthy amount of time to develop. You’ll see visible improvements to your skin immediately after your first session. Different patients have different needs, so we can’t determine the number of sessions you’ll need until we assess your skin health. But rest assured a treatment plan will be developed to address your individual concerns.
While your face will show new vitality immediately after treatment, your skin will continue to grow thicker, stronger, and brighter in the coming months as well. These changes are in response to increased levels of collagen and elastin in the treatment area.

Protect Your Skin from UV Rays

It’s important you wear sunscreen after treatment to safeguard your skin from harmful UV rays. You should already be wearing this protectant as part of your daily skincare routine, but if you haven’t yet developed the habit, now is the time to do so. Sun exposure can accelerate the body’s natural aging process and quickly deteriorate your skin’s structure. In fact, UV rays are the leading cause of skin damage and often responsible for concerns like:

  • Laxity
  • Skin thinning
  • Brown spots
  • Wrinkles and lines

The best thing you can do after treatment with the DEKA DOT Fractional CO2 laser is practice diligence. Apply sunscreen every day, even when the sky is cloudy, and avoid the outdoors during peak UV hours. Also, wear wide-brimmed hats and use umbrellas and UV-proof apparel when you will be outside. These extra steps can significantly extend your treatment results.

Treatments Are Easy

We’ll likely start your treatment by taking photographs of the areas to be treated. This allows us to compare your results over time and see the ways in which your skin has improved. We’ll also apply a topical anesthetic to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible.
During the session, our team will decide the appropriate pulse pattern and depth needed to achieve your desired results. DEKA DOT can treat more sensitive areas like those around the mouth and near the eyes, allowing us to completely rejuvenate your appearance without compromising your skin’s integrity. The FDA has approved this laser to treat:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Large pores
  • Sunspots
  • Acne scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines

Does it hurt?

Numbing cream is applied 60 minutes before the start of treatment and Laughing gas system called Pro-Nox is used during the treatment to make treatment tolerable. Everyone’s pain threshold is different but some have described it as a 3 out of 10 on a pain scale.

How many treatment sessions do I need?

  • One treatment can yield amazing results with fresher, brighter skin.
  • Depending on the desired results, a series of three treatments scheduled no sooner than 4-6 weeks apart may be advised.

Are there different treatment options?

The treatment can be customized depending on the outcome goals.

  • Light treatment option- Excellent anti-aging option and pigment reduction. Downtime/pain is significantly less with this option. This treatment is also known as the SMARTpeel.
  • Medium treatment- Excellent option for those with moderate evidence of skin changes associated with age and/or sun damage.
  • Aggressive treatment- Ideal for those with significant lines, texture irregularity, very lax skin and/or have deep acne scars.

A New Gold Standard in Skincare

The DEKA DOT promotes patient comfort and safeguards surrounding skin while rejuvenating your appearance. Whether you want to tighten loose tissues or smooth away fine lines, this treatment is versatile enough to achieve a variety of results. See what this laser can do for you