What Does Laser Genesis Do?
Laser Genesis is a laser procedure that gently warms the skin’s surface and underlying dermis to stimulate collagen production. This is a non-ablative laser, which means you will have no downtime after the treatment as you would with a resurfacing laser. It is commonly referred to as a “lunch time laser facial.” The treatment gives you an instant glow, which will last for a few days. It is a very popular procedure for wedding party prep as well as right before red carpet events. The laser genesis treatment is so gentle that it is one of the few laser treatments that can be used on all skin tones and skin types.
Continued regular treatments with Laser Genesis will rebuild collagen and elastin that are lost as part of the aging process. It’s a great “prejuvenation” treatment, helping to prevent the signs of aging and maintain your youthful glow.
What are the benefits of laser genesis?
By building collagen, you can get an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles as well as acne scars. We love to pair our laser genesis with PRP for treatment of acne scarring. The increased collagen also helps to diminish large pores.
The laser is a near-infrared (NIR) Nd:YAG laser with a wavelength of 1064-nm. This particular wavelength has an affinity for reds and as such is frequently used to treat vascular or capillary concerns such as rosacea and other conditions with diffuse redness. For these patients we typically combine regular laser treatments (every 1-3 months) with iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum, which helps control the inflammation associated with rosacea. Targeting the redness also helps with early acne scars.
The laser helps to reverse the processes associated with aging and can improve sun damage, uneven skin texture and pigment concerns such as age spots and discoloration of acne scars.
The heat of the laser can be used to break up dirt and oil, which can lead to acne and black heads. The laser can be used when active acne is present and may even help to improve the breakouts.
Can I use laser genesis on my face?
Laser Genesis treatment can be used on any part of the body. We most commonly use it on the face, but you can also treat the neck and décolleté, which are commonly ignored areas. We also combine laser genesis with laser vaginal rejuvenation to help improve the tone and texture of the skin of the labia.
Does Laser Genesis Work?
As with all aesthetic treatments, results will vary. For most patients and most conditions, a single laser genesis treatment isn’t going to result in amazing outcomes. The exception to that would be as a short lasting plumping treatment prior to an event.
For patients who have regular treatments, laser genesis can have beautiful results.
How long does it take to see laser genesis results?
The answer to this question depends on what your goals are with the treatment. If you are looking for improvement in redness or issues with blood vessels, those results are usually faster than results for treatment of scars or trying to improve the appearance of fine lines. Because the improvement of these skin conditions depends on new collagen production, the optimal results will typically take several months.
How many laser genesis treatments does it take to see results?
This also depends on your goals. Very few patients will have amazing results with a single treatment. Most of our scar treatment plans include 6-10 treatments, while our anti-aging treatment plans may have 4-6 per year for maintenance.
How often should you get laser genesis treatments?
For most patients first starting a course, we will recommend treatment every 2-4 weeks for the first few treatments. After that, we may spread them out to monthly for scar treatments or every 2-3 months for anti-aging.
How long do laser genesis results last?
If you are treating scars and you don’t have a recurrence of the cause of the scars, the treatment will be long lasting and shouldn’t need maintenance. If you are treating the signs of aging, you should plan on a maintenance treatment plan. If you stop treatment, the results will likely last for 6-12 months. A clinical skin care regimen and daily sunscreen use will help extend the duration of your results.
What to Expect from a Laser Genesis Treatment?
The first thing that will happen when you come in for your first treatment will be some paperwork. Once that is complete, we will have you wash your face (you want it completely clean for a treatment, not even any creams or serums) and take photos. Once that’s complete, we’ll have you lie down and relax. We will place eye shields over your eyelids to protect your eyes. They look similar to tanning goggles. We typically start the treatment on the forehead and then move around your face. The treatment feels warm, kind of like the rush of hot air that comes out of an oven when you open the door, but most patients feel no discomfort, some even say it’s relaxing (like lying in the sun). There is no anesthetic needed. The treatment takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. After the treatment, you may notice some diffuse redness from the heat of the laser (like if you had been outside in the heat). This typically resolves in the next half hour as your skin cools. You can go back to all normal activities as soon as the laser is complete. You can also go back to your normal skin care regimen as well as apply makeup if you would like. We will schedule your follow up appointment for your next treatment before you leave the office.
One thing to note, for the gentlemen who have facial hair the treatment can be uncomfortable. We recommend that you shave the morning of your treatment to make sure that there is as little hair as possible in the area. Alternatively, we can also avoid the area with facial hair if you don’t want to shave.
What are the Side Effects of Laser Genesis?
There are few side effects from laser genesis. The biggest risk of the laser is actually to your teeth. If the heat is allowed to concentrate on your enamel, it can crack your tooth. For this reason, we will ask that you keep your lips closed and not talk during the treatment. As previously mentioned, you will likely have some mild pinkness to your skin.
How Does Laser Genesis Compare to Other Treatments?
There are a lot of options for treatments when it comes to anti aging and scar treatments. They all have risks and benefits and the optimal treatment for you will depend on your individual case.
Is Laser Genesis better than Microneedling?
Both treatments will stimulate collagen production. Microneedling will have some recovery time of 1-2 days of social downtime, while laser genesis has no downtime. Laser genesis will be better at treating red conditions and acne and microneedling when combined with injected PRP may be better at smoothing uneven skin texture.
What is the difference between laser genesis and a peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment that will cause sloughing of the skin, usually resulting in 2-7 days of downtime depending on the depth of the peel. Similar to microneedling, this will typically be a better treatment for skin texture and a faster treatment for pigment concerns.
How Much Does Laser Genesis Cost?
At Imagen, our laser genesis treatment is $250 per treatment per area. The full face is considered a single area.
Are You Ready for Your Laser Genesis Consultation?
If you are interested in learning more about Laser Genesis, Botox, IPL or other cosmetic dermatology treatments, please call us at 402-347-4433 to schedule a complimentary consultation. At your consultation, our team will discuss your goals and the expectations for your treatment as well as cost and financing. If you are not in Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs or the surrounding metro, we do offer virtual consultations as well!
*It is important to recognize that for all medical procedures, including those performed at Imagen Cosmetic Center, individual results and experiences may vary.