Laser Genesis: Everything You Need to Know

What is Laser Genesis and what does it do?

Primarily done on the face and neck, Laser Genesis is a non-invasive procedure that uses a near-infrared (NIR) Nd:YAG laser to gently increase the temperature of the skin. NIR irradiation stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, making it an excellent treatment for skin rejuvenation. It can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, smooth skin, and even out dark spots. Laser Genesis also targets and breaks down the tiny vessels and capillaries that cause persistent skin redness and conditions like rosacea. The blood trapped beneath the surface of the skin dissipates and reduces overall redness.

Why is Elastin important? What does it do?

Elastin is a key protein in connective tissue and, as you can probably tell from its name, is highly elastic. Elastin is what springs your skin back to its natural shape after stretching, contracting, and being poked and pinched. As a person ages, your elastin breaks down and you experience elastosis, or loss of elasticity, which can cause your skin to look saggy, or wrinkled. Elastosis can also be caused by extreme sun exposure (called solar or actinic elastosis). To learn more about collagen, check out our previous post here.

Are there any side effects or risks when getting Laser Genesis?

Laser Genesis is considered a very low risk procedure. There are minimal side effects, redness and slight swelling of the treatment area being the most common. While other laser treatments come with the risk of discoloration if used on the wrong skin type, Laser Genesis is safe and effective for all skin types and ethnicities!

What can I expect during my Laser Genesis appointment?

In preparation for laser genesis, be sure not to go tanning two weeks prior to your appointment. It is also helpful to arrive at your appointment with clean, dry skin.

The procedure itself takes between 15 and 30 minutes and is painless, causing only a gentle warming feeling. Sometimes it is even called the “lunchbreak procedure” because you can be in and out, with no downtime, able to resume normal activities immediately. You should be able to see noticeable results in a few weeks, as the new skin cells and collagen generate in response to the treatment.

While the number of sessions needed will be determined by you and your MedSkinEssentials provider, multiple sessions are often recommended, depending on your current skin condition, genetic makeup, and the issues you’re looking to address.

As always, Laser Genesis should always be performed by a licensed professional. Please call one of our locations with any questions or book a consultation online to start your custom treatment plan.

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