How Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Can Help Your Skin This Winter

Woman standing on a mountain in Winter How Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Can Help Your Skin This Winter

Chilly days and dry air can make your complexion feel dull during the winter. So, this season is the perfect time to give your skin a boost. Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) is a laser treatment for spider veins, acne, wrinkles, and more. Here’s how this cosmetic dermatology service can improve your skin this winter.

What Is Dermal Optical Thermolysis?

Dermal Optical Thermolysis, or DOT, is a safe and effective laser treatment that addresses a variety of skin concerns. The treatment works by creating microscopic perforation in the skin and encouraging the skin to heal. This resurfacing treatment can result in a smoother, brighter, and more hydrated complexion.

Cosmetic dermatologists offer three types of Dermal Optical Thermolysis treatments, including:

  • Fraxel Re:pair
  • Fraxel Re:store
  • High Frequency

Your dermatologist will talk to you about your skin concerns and recommend the best type of DOT for you. Most treatments take between 30 minutes to several hours, depending on how much skin you’re targeting. Keep in mind that most clients require several laser sessions to see full results, but your dermatologist will tell you what you can expect.

How Can DOT Help Your Skin This Winter?

New to DOT? Winter is a great time to start. Laser resurfacing treatments often leave your skin vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays, and it’s often easier to limit sun exposure in the winter. Laser therapy is also less effective on tan skin, so it’s often wise to let your summer tan fade before scheduling. If you’re considering DOT for your skin, you can expect these main benefits:

  • Fraxel Re:pair: During this type of DOT, your dermatologist will use a laser to provide fractional deep dermal ablation (FDDATM). This treatment is great for improving pigmentation issues, reducing broken blood vessels, smoothing wrinkles, and eliminating redness.
  • Fraxel Re:store: Your dermatologist may recommend this type of laser therapy as a sun damage or skin wrinkle treatment. This treatment targets fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, scarring, and acne. Fraxel Re:store can be a great resurfacing treatment if you have leftover summer skin damage.
  • High Frequency: An effective laser treatment for acne, high frequency lasers eliminate bacteria and inflammation on the skin. Your dermatologist may recommend this maintenance treatment if you’re prone to winter acne. This service can also be a quick fix for diminishing acne before an event.

While DOT requires little to no down time, your dermatologist will go over potential side effects with you. They will also prescribe a topical anesthetic prior to the treatment to reduce discomfort, as well as an antibiotic and antiviral as a post-treatment precaution.


The licensed dermatologists at Pacific Dermatology Specialists are proud to offer Dermal Optical Thermolysis to their clients. We perform our laser therapies in a clean and welcoming office environment, prioritizing your safety and comfort. With locations in Carson, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we are proud to offer a wide selection of cosmetic, medical, and surgical services. Contact us today to get started.

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