Skin Rehab Series: Trying Laser Genesis

The next stage of my series of skin adventures in my Skin Rehab Series brought me back to the skin clinic to try out Laser Genesis. This is probably the treatment I’ve been most excited for and is the real power player behind the results I’m hoping to achieve.

The science behind the laser: How it works

The Laser Genesis website claims that  “gently heating the upper dermis well below your skin’s surface” is the key to the success of their treatment. I wanted to do a little more research into exactly what processes are behind the acclaimed benefits.

To be specific, the exact machine used in this treatment is a Cutera Nd:YAG 1064 nanometre non-ablative laser. Non-ablative is a term that describes Laser Genesis’ ability to heat up beneath the skin without damaging the skin surface. This means results take more sessions to achieve, but the risks are far less than that of an ablative laser which does burn the skin.

Laser Genesis’ wavelength of 1064 nanometres directs energy a certain distance into the skin to deliver heat and controlled “damage” to the blood vessels. This damage then signals to the skin’s natural repairing system to focus on those areas. This builds collagen over time that supports the skin to appear plump and smooth. Blood vessels that are too many or too large and targeted more and are shrunk in size. This improves scars, veins, capillaries and diffuse redness. A tighter collagen support system can reduce the appearance of pores than have become larger over time. In these ways, Laser Genesis can improve skin conditions that your skin care routine cannot.

Laser Genesis claims

After a series of treatment, Laser Genesis claims to produce some fantastic results. Substantial scientific research has shown it to produce new collagen and improve the tone, texture and appearance of skin.

Though it seems there’s something for everyone in this laser, it’s especially good in cases of:

  • Rosacea
  • Broken capillaries
  • Redness
  • Acne scars
  • Scars
  • Large pores
  • Sun damage

You will apparently enjoy:

  • Decreased redness
  • Decreased pore size
  • Improved skin texture
  • Improved wrinkle appearance
  • Decreased redness of scars
  • Softening of scars
  • Flattening of scars

My experience

My Laser Genesis experience was short and sweet. The lovely nurse lay me down (my hair up in an attractive blue shower cap – if it gets in the path of the laser it will burn!) on the cushioned treatment table. She began, as in the Hydrafacial I recently had, with a cleansing gel applied by hand followed by a warm cloth to wipe it away. After this, it was straight into lasering!

She pressed the laser head against my skin so I’d be used to the sensation if she inadvertently brushed against me. It was very VERY cold and felt like metal. This changes once she turned the machine on. My nurse described Laser Genesis to me as having a ‘hot rain’ sensation, but I’d describe it as ‘too close to a heater’. It felt like I was one inch away from getting a burn from a bonfire. Not painful, but a bit disconcerting. Around the outer perimeter of my face there was more of a stinging sensation, which felt a little as though I was getting tiny bites from some sort of ant. When the laser head touched my skin, the cold was quite shocking. I never had to stop the treatment but I was glad when it was over.

Results and thoughts

During the procedure, my face felt very warm. Immediately after, my skin felt a bit tight and dry – like I hadn’t moisturised that day. I had no sensitivity, redness, or pain whatsoever. I had my laser treatment followed by a peel, and I was still able to go straight to work and look totally normal. My sister commented that my forehead looked “super-smooth” and I have to agree.

In the weeks since, I’ve had very clear and calm looking skin. My pores seems reduced, and while I’ve not noticed an improvement in my fine lines as of yet I still have two more sessions to go.

This laser is a really interesting innovation and scientific development in skin care. I enjoyed my experience and can’t wait to finish the series of treatments. While I think that Laser Genesis and lasers in general aren’t integral to the average person’s skin treatment journey, for people who are suffering from really stubborn ‘irreversible’ issues like large pores and fine lines, it’s worth going to see your local skin clinic and giving it a try.