I just had the procedure done 48 hours ago, so I can't give a good assessment yet, but I am 64 (and will be 65 next month), and had the DOT therapy to get rid of sun damage and reduce wrinkles. So, keep watching for reports of my progress. I'm assuming that it will take a while to notice the full impact of the therapy, given that the collagen can't repair itself overnight. I also noticed that the promotional materials for DOT Therapy say that although one treatment is usually sufficient, people with severe wrinkling, sun damage, or acne scars may need more than one treatment. My doctor said that some of her patients with deep wrinkles around the mouth, like I have, might want a partial treatment around the mouth area. I'll have to wait and see. She charges $200 for this partial treatment, which I feel in reasonable compared to what others seem to be paying.
I had the DOT laser procedure about 48 hours ago. They put numbing cream on my face about 1/2 hour or so before the procedure began. The doctor did a few tests before we really started to assess the level of discomfort at various settings and performed the procedure at a level, which I said was tolerable -- a slight pinch with each "zap" of the laser. It only "hurt" in a couple spots, but was never unbearable. I was surprised at the burned hair smell, which only really bothered me when they were working close to my nose and when doing the upper lip area. A nurse assisted by blowing cold air on my face throughout the procedure and afterwards let me continue to blow air on my face for about 15 minutes. They wiped off some of the residue with alcohol wipes and sent me on my way with an after-care kit, which included Aquaphor, a spring water mist, an intolerant skin gentle cleanser, a restorative night skin cream, and a post-op lipid recovery cream to use starting the third day. Immediately after the procedure, the only side effect was a very hot feeling, which went away for the most part in a few hours. Then some spot bleeding occurred, but it was very minimal. By the next morning, my face was very swollen, was starting to turn brown, and felt like I had a mild sunburn. My doctor said the first couple days would be the worst that it would be. This morning there is less swelling and more browning, but I still look bad enough that I wouldn't want to go out in public. The doctor said that down time can be up to a week. I have not experienced any pain, although the swelling is uncomfortable and a few spots are somewhat tender to the touch. I follow up with my dermatologist in a few days. The cost of the procedure was $900 plus $69 for the aftercare kit. Will follow up after a week or so when most of the negative aspects of the procedure should have subsided.