You want to improve the color, texture, and tone of your skin, all while fighting signs of aging. Lasers are perfect for that. The trouble is that there are so many different kinds of skincare lasers. If you are having a hard time choosing which laser is right for you, let’s talk about one that can treat a host of skin issues all in a fast, easy lunchtime treatment. It’s Laser Genesis by Cutera.
This gentle, quick, and painless lunchtime treatment is excellent for anti-aging, scars, pigmentation, skin rejuvenation, redness, and so much more. It has been proven to help with contour, texture, and color of the skin. (2) Patients are loving the results, and we think you will, too.
Ready to revive your skin? Here are ten key facts you should know about how Laser Genesis works.
What is Laser Genesis?
Laser Genesis is a non-invasive laser treatment that uses micro-pulse technology. It works by targeting deeper layers of skin. The goal of this laser is to improve the structure and appearance of the skin’s surface over time.
Laser technology should be performed by a trained dermal nurse like Lea Barclay, who has been helping patients rejuvenate their skin with lasers for years. She is highly trained in Laser Genesis and other skin treatments, so you can be sure that you will get the best results possible. You do not want to go to an untrained aesthetician for laser treatments. Laser technology is a special skill set that needs to be done correctly.
Why do we need it?
Even the most youthful skin ages eventually. Lea explains the basics behind skin aging. Environmental factors are the first factor. Sun exposure is the biggest offender. Solar rays break down collagen and elastin more quickly than would naturally occur. (3) That can lead to weak skin with fine lines and wrinkles.
UV rays also trigger melanin production, which is what makes skin get tan. Unfortunately, many people don’t produce melanin evenly. Age spots, melasma, and hyperpigmentation can crop up when there is too much melanin in one area. Air pollution has also been linked to dark marks, so city dwellers have to be extra careful. (4)
There are a number of other factors that contribute to skin aging. Poor health, certain medications, chronic dry skin, and genetics also come into play. Even for people in perfect health, it is natural for skin to slow down collagen production with age. This is especially so after age 30. Pair that with environmental damage, and it is no surprise that we begin to see early signs of skin aging in the 30s.
Fine lines and wrinkles can be difficult to get rid of. Facial flushing and broken capillaries can also give the skin a red, uneven appearance. Scars from accidents or surgery, discoloration from old blemishes, and poor skin quality can also improve with laser treatments. Laser Genesis is perfect for taking care of all these things in one treatment.
Benefits of Laser Genesis
Aging skin is no match for Laser Genesis. In Lea’s experience with Laser Genesis, it will soften wrinkles and help large pores appear less visible. Over a period of time, the skin becomes stronger, healthier, and more rejuvenated with a signature glow, thanks to collagen induction.
It is especially great for fine lines around the delicate eye area, which can be a dead giveaway of age. Genesis laser is ideal for patients who want to softening the appearance of crow’s feet without turning to injectables like Botox.
Patients with diffuse redness, rosacea, and dark spots will also see improvement. It is especially good for skin on the cheeks, which tend to get red easily. Even an area as small as the ears can be treated. Men can sometimes get redness on the ears as they age, and Laser Genesis can help take care of that also.
The face is the most popular treatment area, followed by the neck and chest. You can view before and after pictures from a medical study here.
Finally, scars will lighten over time as the laser helps heal and reduce scar redness. That is good news for patients with dark marks leftover from acne. It can also make a big change in the redness you see with surgical scars. It normally takes the redness from a surgical incision up to a year to lighten on its own. Laser Genesis does a great job of reducing scar redness after surgery even faster.
How does Laser Genesis work?
Laser Genesis may be the most important photorejuvenation breakthrough since IPL. It is unique because it combines heating of the microvasculature with gentle heating of the dermis to create better skin texture, reduced pore size, and less redness and wrinkle depth. (1)
The laser works by stimulating collagen and elastin production in the dermis, (3) which is the second layer of your skin. Collagen and elastin work together to give skin structure, elasticity, and a youthful appearance. They are vitally important for a healthy, resilient complexion. They are also important for healing and preventing many skin problems.
Laser Genesis is designed to stimulate fibroblasts in the skin, Lea explains. Fibroblasts are like collagen powerhouses. It actually awakens your skin’s potential for making its own collagen. This leads to a more youthful complexion as the skin becomes stronger and learns to repair itself. Lea works the laser over the treatment area, working on one section of skin at a time to ensure no areas are missed.
There are two design components that make Laser Genesis work so well. They are depth and pulsing.
The first part of what makes Laser Genesis effective is the depth of the laser’s reach. Depth is also known as the wavelength. The wavelengths penetrate to the dermal layer, where collagen and elastin activity happens. That is what makes Laser Genesis different than surface treatments like topical anti-aging creams, for example. They work on the surface of your skin only, while Laser Genesis corrects the root of the problem.
Pulsing is a very important part of what makes Laser Genesis work. It uses warm light to heat the skin, which is good for healing. However, if you heat the skin too much, it can result in a burning feeling or discomfort. Laser Genesis prevents this by using a pulse laser that allows the skin moments to cool off so there is no pain or burning.
This allows the laser to penetrate the skin to get that deeper layer collagen induction without damaging the outermost layer of skin.2 That makes it extremely safe.
Laser Genesis can do up to 10,000 pulses in a single treatment session. Lea explains that the pulses act as a signal to trick the skin into thinking there is damage. Skin will always try to repair itself if it thinks there is damage happening. By creating a number of pulses in the area, the skin cells start to wake and and produce collagen to repair itself.
Of course, the pulses of Laser Genesis are carefully regulated, so you skin is not actually getting hurt. As the collagen production ramps up over the next few weeks, your skin becomes stronger. This reduces fine lines, improves the look of your pores, creates a better skin texture, and helps redness disappear. Almost any skin type will be rewarded from having Laser Genesis treatments.
Laser Genesis pain and downtime
Unlike other lasers, Laser Genesis is not painful. That is something that can cause patients to stray from their treatment regimen. If it hurts, they are not going to look forward to appointments. Skipping sessions means the skin isn’t getting the maximum benefit. That can mean a lot of money lost, especially if you paid for treatment sessions up front and don’t wish to continue because of pain.
With Laser Genesis, that won’t be an issue. There is absolutely no pain and zero recovery time. Most patients describe it as a prickly sensation at most, but it is certainly not painful. Even sensitive skin types can tolerate treatment easily. You will feel a bit of heat from the laser, but it doesn’t get to the point where it is hot. Many patients even enjoy the comforting feeling of warmth on the skin during treatments. Compared to other lasers, Laser Genesis is a breeze to get through.
The best part is you will be able to go back to work or continue your day straight afterward. That means you can return to the office or go grocery shopping without anyone knowing you just had a laser session. That is a big benefit since other lasers can leave skin raw and red for some time. With Laser Genesis, you don’t have to suffer to get great results. Patients love that.
How long does each Laser Genesis session usually take?
Laser sessions can vary in duration. Laser Genesis is fairly quick. It can take as little as half an hour to complete a session, but it depends on the size of the area that is being treated. Multiple areas can be treated during a single session. Allow a bit more time if you want to do several areas. It can take up to an hour to do the face, neck, and chest or decolletage, for example.
Of course, you can split it up into shorter sessions if you have to get back to work. It just means you’ll need to come in for more sessions to do all the areas you want to target with Laser Genesis. That makes it a practical solution for busy professionals. For those who can take the full hour, you can treat all these areas at once.
How long to see results from Laser Genesis?
After the third treatment, most patients with diffuse redness or rosacea will begin to see some results, according to Lea. Some patients get early results after the first treatment, but normally it takes more time to see the final outcome of treatments.
A series of four to six sessions are recommended. It does take time for collagen remodeling to happen, so you have to give it time to work its magic.
When you go in for a consultation, you should be given a treatment plan with your recommended course of therapy. Sessions can be repeated every two weeks, but it is okay to wait a bit longer between sessions if needed. You do not want to wait too long in between sessions, however, since each treatment builds on the last. Keeping your treatment schedule consistent helps maximize your results.
Who should not get Laser Genesis?
Most patients are eligible for Laser Genesis, but there are limitations. Pregnant and lactating women are usually advised not to get any unnecessary medical or cosmetic procedures. Patients who are prescribed Roaccutanes for severe acne or people using topical skin cancer creams are also not ideal candidates for laser.
Safety and side effects
Laser Genesis has few downsides. It is great because it is well tolerated and there is no downtime or pain. If you have super sensitive skin and are concerned for any reason, you may ask to do a test patch. Lea always checks it on the back of her own hand before beginning a treatment just to ensure the setting is correct and everything is operating as it should. It is always a good idea for the practitioner to do a safety check of the machine before each session.
Laser Genesis is great on its own. However, patients may be able to improve their results with combination therapy. Laser Genesis works well in conjunction with other treatments. The best results always come from having a tailored treatment plan, especially if you have multiple skin concerns or if you want to supercharge the results of the service with add-ons. Peels, LED light therapy, and enzyme treatments may be added depending on your specific skin concerns.
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- “Laser Genesis Skin Rejuvenation.” Cutera, www.medicalsintl.com/Content/uploads/Division/140620092112068~Laser Genesis-DATASHEET.pdf .
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- Mancebo, S. E., and S. Q. Wang. “Recognizing the Impact of Ambient Air Pollution on Skin Health.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, vol. 29, no. 12, 2015, pp. 2326–2332., doi:10.1111/jdv.13250.