I had Dot Therapy on Thursday afternoon and today is Sunday afternoon--4th day. I was very scared prior to the procedure as I have never had any laser treatment on my face before. I had a mild chemical peel and microderm before but I did not see any changes. I just turned 40 and was showing signs of sun damage, brown spots from birth control and lines/wrinkles under my eyes.
I read lots of reviews and spoke with my plastic surgeon about dot and he agreed with my choice. So I went in and they put numbing cream all over my face and neck for 45 minutes. Just an FYI use a ponytail and head band--the gooey gel will get all in your hair.
I spoke to 2 other ladies waiting there also getting dot--that made me feel much better because they had good things to say about it. I looked in my pocket mirror and rubbed the gel a bit to cover lower neck and around my eyes--the assistant missed some spots. Then I went in for the procedure.
I told the surgeon about my desire to remove under eye wrinkles--just a reminder for him. Then he started and I was very relieved because it did not hurt only a pinch here and there. He went over my whole face and neck including eye lids and under eye one time. I was glad I rubbed the numbing cream around because it stings very badly anywhere it did not get covered well. It took about 20 minutes and his assistant used a tube and blew air on my face the whole time.
When he was done I sat up and felt an instant burning sensation. The doc put his own goo mixture all over my face--he said it was vitamin E with a mild pain reliever--looks like Vaseline. It was uncomfortable but not terrible. I was glad my husband was there to drive me home--I could have driven myself but given the choice I would rather not. My face was bright red and kind of pulsing a bit.
So they gave me a jar of goo to put on for the next 3 days along with face wash and moisturizer for later. He said to put damp wash cloths in the refrigerator in a plastic bag and use them every few hours as needed for the first 1-3 days--good idea. My face was swollen the first night and 2nd day but went down on the 3rd day. I had square track marks all over my face and neck.
From the first day my face felt like sand paper with little dots with brown patches all over and still does on day 4. I have put the goo on every 4 hours to keep my skin moist as directed since the start. I showered--quickly the 2nd and 3rd day and washed with his cleanser and put more goo on.
Today the 4th day I am to shower and wash with his mild cleanser and start his moisturizer with Copper in it. I looked at my skin under my eyes and all the fine lines are GONE! My skin feels a little tighter and the lines on my forehead are also GONE--Yipee!!!
I noticed today a little bit of peeling but still look weird with those laser squares all over. I am hoping it starts peeling more so I will feel like I am progressing. I was thinking about going out to a movie because I am bored from being inside. I feel great but I look kind of weird--oh--maybe a hat and glasses will due for now. He said no sun on the face at all so I will cover up with a scarf too just while outside.
I am very happy with my skin tone and the fact that my fine lines are no longer there. I am so glad I did this--I have been thinking about it for a year and worried about adverse reactions like hyper pigmentation or other problems. I think picking the right laser for your issue and going to a skilled plastic surgeon seems to be the best thing to do. I also bought the un-petroleum jelly made by Alba that another real self member used--I liked it because it is natural and gentle. I used it starting the 2nd day instead of the doctors goo. I will post later as things progress.