Even the healthiest skin is not immune to the hazards of daily living. Hormones, stress, the foods we eat, and many, many more factors affect how our skin ages. When we realize just how many threats our skin faces every day, we can do something about it. To sustain smooth texture and a transcendent glow, people in the San Antonio area can turn to Laser Genesis treatments in one of Dr. Bucay’s comfortable offices.
What is Laser Genesis?
Laser Genesis is a cosmetic device that is commonly used to refresh the skin from the inside out. This device is unlike other lasers, which target the epidermis with ablative energy. Instead, Laser Genesis permeates the uppermost layer of the skin to reach the cellular layer where collagen and elastin are made. By targeting this cellular layer, Laser Genesis paves the way for newly produced cells to be infused with collagen. You may know collagen as the healing protein, the substance that the body sends to cuts and scrapes. Collagen is also present in the matrix of the skin and is what keeps the skin brighter, firmer, and more resilient. With rebuilt collagen stores, the skin heals more quickly from acne and acne scarring, persistent redness due, broken capillaries, and the telltale signs of aging and sun damage.
Who Is a Candidate for Laser Genesis Treatment?
Laser Genesis energy is so controlled and gentle that people with all skin types and tones can safely undergo treatment. It is an excellent treatment for men and women who are interested in slowing down their aging process and correcting mild to moderate acne scarring, wrinkles, or pigment issues.
What Can Laser Genesis Treat?
This laser treatment has a positive effect on the cells that lie deep beneath the surface of the skin; the cells that will, over time, be pushed up to the surface as tissue regenerates. Because improvements occur in the “hidden” cellular layer of the skin, Laser Genesis can treat a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to:
- Acne scarring
- Surgical or burn scars
- Enlarged pores
- Rosacea and persistent redness
- Rough or uneven texture
- Facial veins
- Port Wine Stains
- Age spots
- Skin tags
Where can I have Laser Genesis treatments?
What are the benefits of laser genesis?
Laser Genesis stimulates new collagen and fibroblast growth, and it speeds up the natural exfoliation process where the skin turns over old cells and replaces them with new, healthier cells. It does this in a comfortable, completely non-invasive way. All you feel is a warming sensation across the areas we’re treating. What’s not to love?
At Dr. Bucay’s our patients use Laser Genesis as a monthly skin rejuvenation treatment to continually keep renewing collagen production and improving the skin. Or it can be used to target specific issues, such as rosacea flare-ups. That’s the beauty of this treatment.
What’s the difference between Laser Genesis and IPL?
Some people think an IPL photofacial and Laser Genesis are basically the same things. Not so. Although both utilize light energy, the difference is what is targeted and what is the goal.
IPL photofacials are all about the epidermis. The light energy is applied across the treatment areas. The areas of pigmentation — whether they be small broken blood vessels, age spots, spider veins, freckles, areas of hyperpigmentation, or rosacea — absorb the light energy and it converts to heat. This causes the melanin that is giving age spots their darkened color to break up, and this causes the darkened area to eventually peel away. In facial spider veins and rosacea, the red veins or broken blood vessels absorb the light energy. The light converts to heat and causes the vein walls to collapse, closing off the broken blood vessels and spider veins. The body then removes them.
These are all issues with the epidermis layer of the skin.
Laser Genesis directs its laser light energy onto the target areas, but the wavelength of the light energy is set to penetrate the epidermis. The light energy then enters the dermis, where it converts to heat. When the body senses heat in the dermis layer, it assumes a wound has occurred. It responds by remodeling the existing collagen in the area, and, more importantly, it triggers the production of new amounts of collagen and elastin to heal the perceived wounds, although there aren’t any actual wounds. This improves the skin from within over the next weeks and months.
Is there any preparation for a Laser Genesis treatment?
Because Laser Genesis doesn’t target the epidermis, there isn’t any preparation necessary for these sessions.
The Laser Genesis Treatment
Prior to beginning the laser treatment, the skin may be gently cleansed to remove oil and debris. Protective eyewear is applied, and hair is secured in a comfortable headband. Because Laser Genesis treatment is non-ablative and the handpiece does not come into direct contact with the skin, there is no gel or cream applied to the face.
During a treatment session, a small handpiece is held a few inches away from the skin. The handpiece is powered by the adjustable treatment platform, delivering controlled energy into the dermis to stimulate cellular regeneration and collagen remodeling. A small light directs the provider in treating the entire surface area in a uniform fashion. A complete session may take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
Can I combine a Laser Genesis treatment with other treatments?
Another great thing about Laser Genesis is that it is so easy to take. That makes it a perfect complement to various other treatments at Dr. Bucay’s. For instance, you could come in for Laser Genesis at either our La Casita or Sonterra offices, and afterward, you could have some laser hair removal done. You could combine Laser Genesis with a CoolSculpting session. That way you could firm your facial skin and sculpt an area such as your lower abdomen or flanks with the fat reducing innovation of CoolSculpting. We have various other body contouring procedures such as Vanquish or Emsculpt that are also perfect complements.
Really, the question would be “What other treatment at Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics could I not combine with Laser Genesis?”
Is Laser Genesis Painful?
Laser Genesis sends energy beyond the epidermis. Unlike other laser resurfacing techniques, this laser treatment does not directly affect the uppermost layer of skin. As energy is absorbed, a warming sensation occurs. Some patients describe this as sitting with their faces pointed toward the sun. For most, this sensation remains relaxing throughout the entire treatment. Depending on skin sensitivity, warming may turn to tingle and may feel slightly intense. Patients do not typically describe this as painful.
Are there side effects with Laser Genesis?
There aren’t any risks with Laser Genesis. Again, this is because these are completely non-invasive treatments. The most common side effect after a session is slight redness across the areas we’ve treated. This resolves within just a few hours.
How Soon After Treatment Will I See Results?
The way that Laser Genesis works is by stimulating accelerated cellular renewal in the dermis. Improvements in the epidermis become increasingly more visible as collagen fibers rebuild over time. At first, results are subtle and may revolve around a healthy new glow. As treatments are repeated, the tone, texture, and overall appearance of the skin noticeably change for the better.
How Many Treatments Are Needed to See Results?
Most patients start to see the true effects of collagen stimulation and cellular renewal after 4 treatment sessions. However, it can take several more treatments to correct severe problems like deep or discolored acne scars. During our consultation, we discuss the recommended number of treatments for your concerns. There are several factors that dictate how a person’s skin regenerates through laser treatments. We encourage patients to continue practicing excellent skincare at home, including daily sunscreen, to maximize the outcome of their Laser Genesis treatments.
Will my results from Laser Genesis be permanent?
The collagen produced is, obviously, permanent. But your body continues to produce one additional percentage point less collagen every year after your 20th birthday, so that decline will continue. The boost provided by Laser Genesis stems from that decline. Maintenance treatments over the long run can help mitigate your collagen loss.
Improvements made to acne scarring and fine lines are permanent.
Recovery After Laser Genesis Treatment
Laser Genesis is known as one of the best red-carpet kind of treatments. Side effects are generally mild and also relatively rare. Most patients are able to resume normal activities right away. Makeup can be applied immediately after treatment because there is no inflammation or irritation to speak of. Some patients experience minor redness that lingers for an hour or two. Tingling and a warm sensation may also last for a short time.