DOT Laser Therapy

DOT Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment using a fractional CO2 laser, designed to transform skin and enhance its overall appearance with minimal downtime.

The SmartXide2 DOT laser features unique European-designed technology to offer the ultimate in skin rejuvenation in just under an hour for most treatments.

DOT Therapy is used for:

  • Improving the appearance of aged and sun-damaged skin
  • Improving skin texture and firmness
  • Smoothing wrinkles and lines
  • Reduce the appearance of acne and other scars

Skin problems that can be treated with this technique include:

  • Skin laxity
  • Sun damage
  • Brown spots
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical or traumatic scars

Not only does the DOT laser therapy offer amazing results, it achieves this quickly and with much less downtime than traditional CO2 laser full resurfacing.

While the ageing process cannot be stopped, with proper care you can maintain your rejuvenated skin’s appearance for many years!


What are the benefits of DOT laser Therapy?

  • Minimal downtime
  • Rapid healing
  • Quick procedure
  • Low risk
  • Accurate results
  • Customised treatment
  • Minimally invasive
  • Renewed skin
  • Treatment of multiple issues at once
  • Little or no anaesthesia needed

Because DOT Therapy delivers the desired outcome with minimal downtime, it has generally now replaced traditional laser skin resurfacing as the treatment of choice for mild to moderate signs of photo damage.

DOT laser therapy is a form of fractional CO2 treatment. A CO2 laser is used to make precise and deliberate wounds to the skin, and it is the body’s healing mechanisms to these injuries that give us the end result.

Unlike traditional CO2 lasers that treat the whole skin surface, fractional laser technology enables us to precisely fire small columns of laser energy into the skin, whilst leaving tiny islands of untouched skin between these columns. These islands are able to initiate the healing process much quicker, leading to faster healing times, and less risks and complications from treatment. A fractional lasers can also penetrate deeper into the skin than non-fractional lasers, enabling them to effectively stimulate the production of new collagen.

Absolutely. No two skins are the same and all of our DOT laser treatments are completely customised to achieve the best result. The parameters of the SmartXide 2 laser can be adjusted so that different skin levels are targeted, with varying amounts of heat deposition into the skin. We can also choose the shape of the injury tracts that the laser makes, and also the size of the untouched islands of skin in-between.

In this way, we can use the SmartXide 2 DOT laser to treat a variety of conditions in most skin types, from fine superficial wrinkles in a Type 1 skin, through to deep acne scarring in Type 5 skin.

Because your treatment is completely customisable, we can tailor a package to suit your budget and your lifestyle. For instance, in some situations, a similar result can be achieved with either 3 low intensity treatments that have only a few days downtime each, or with one highly intense treatment that has a longer downtime of a couple of weeks. Different layers of the skin can be targeted in the same treatment or on separate occasions. A individual plan is made for each patient in consultation with one of our doctors.

Everyone appreciates pain differently, but in general this is a treatment that is very well-tolerated. We standardly use a strong numbing cream on the face for up to an hour prior to treatment, in addition to a cold air blaster to improve your comfort during the procedure if required.

The downtime from a DOT laser treatment depends upon the baseline condition of the skin, and also the laser parameters that have been chosen. It is an important factor to discuss in your consultation so that your treatment plan can be tailored to fit in with your lifestyle.

Typically, for a facial treatment, there will be some redness of the skin and some swelling (which can be significant around the eye area). The small precise injuries to the skin that have been made with the laser form into tiny scabs and fall off naturally within a few days.

Overall, the downtime can range from 2 days to 2 weeks. With particular treatments (e.g. tightening around the eyes) in some skin types it is possible for there to be residual redness for up to 8 weeks.

Whilst the scabs are still on the skin, you should not apply any make-up and you must avoid sources of potential infection such as dirty environments or unclean water.

It is possible to treat any area of skin on the face or body. The most commonly treated areas are the face and neck, the décolletage. Skin tightening of the eyelids with DOT laser (AKA The Madonna Lift)  is very effective and is popular as an alternative to surgery in this area.

Scar refinement is also possible with DOT therapy. It can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars (boxcar & rolling types respond most effectively), as well as surgical or traumatic scarring.

Our most common addition to fractional CO2 is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). The growth factors in platelets stimulate collagen synthesis, leading to a synergistically improved outcome for fine lines, wrinkles and scars. PRP has been shown in split-face studies to not only improve the result but also to significantly decrease the downtime. A treatment with PRP is done on the same day as the laser procedure and is typically both injected beneath the skin prior to the treatment and also applied to the surface of the skin at the end.

We can also use the biophotonic action of Kleresca-SKR to kick-start the process of collagen synthesis and improve the downtime. This is usually done the day before the laser treatment and can also repeated at one week if required.

Some patients undergoing an upper lid blepharoplasty also choose to have lower eyelid tightening with DOT laser (“Madonna Lift”) at the same time to condense their downtime.

How much does DOT laser therapy cost?

The cost of a DOT laser treatment varies depending upon the surface area to be treated, the complexity of the treatment and the aftercare required.

You can pay for your treatment with cash, EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard, American Express (merchant fees apply), or zipPay

TreatmentPrice from
Full face light laser peel$1000
Full face deep resurfacing$2400
Neck & Décolletage$1300
Hands$750
Eyelids "Madonna Lift"$1200
add-on PRP+ $600
add-on Kleresca®-SKR+ $300
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