Skin Care Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does Laser Genesis do?
A: Laser Genesis is a non-ablative procedure that can reduce visible facial vessels as well as diffuse redness, port-wine stains, acne scars, large pores, and fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. It works by gently warming the upper dermis, stimulating the growth of new collagen, improving the appearance of your skin. The result is a healthy looking and vibrant appearance.
Q: What areas can be treated?
A: Unlike many other procedures available today, with Laser Genesis skin therapy with the CoolGlide®, our nurses can safely treat your entire facial area, and neck, if there are undesirable veins or redness present.
Q: What are facial vessels or telangiectasia?
A: Telangiectasia or facial vessels are dilated capillaries that commonly appear on the surface of the face and in areas around the nose, cheeks and above the neckline. Capillaries are tiny blood vessels that are present throughout the body. Prolonged sun exposure, aging, trauma and other factors can cause capillaries to become dilated and visible. There is also a hereditary factor in developing facial telangiectasia. Laser Genesis therapy will help your appearance by treating any visible trace of these unsightly veins.
Q: What is diffuse redness?
A: Diffuse redness is a general appearance of facial redness, such as rosy cheeks. As with facial telangiectasia, this condition is a result of dilated capillaries, however the appearance is more of general redness rather than discrete well-defined vessels. The most commonly affected areas are the nose, forehead and cheeks. Diffuse redness is often associated with a condition called rosacea and it can be hereditary. Laser Genesis therapy will help your appearance by gently treating and reducing the condition. Dr. Gold may recommend maintenance treatment with a cream applied to the areas of rosacea for an extended period of time.
Q: What about fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, etc.?
A: Areas of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes are related to loss of collagen associated with age, sun exposure, and the sucking action of smoking. Acne scars and large pores are associated with decreased levels of collagen within the skin. Gently warming the skin with the CoolGlide® Genesis treatment stimulates the growth of new collagen to improve the appearance of the damaged skin and create a vibrant, healthy appearance.
Q: What can I expect before the treatment?
A: There are no complicated pretreatment rituals with this procedure. Prior to the actual Laser Genesis treatment you will be asked to remove your make-up or moisturizers and in some cases, you may be asked to shave the area to be treated so as not to interfere with the laser treatment. Our nurses will review and assist with all pretreatment requirements.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The treatment results are often very subtle. On average you may require four to six treatments in order to achieve the results you are looking for. Every patient’s conditions and needs vary. For more information about your expected results or the number of treatments necessary, consult our nurses.
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A: No, Laser Genesis is a comfortable, non-ablative, non-invasive treatment. Unlike other laser treatments it does not wound the skin’s surface therefore virtually eliminating the need for complicated post treatment care. Typically patients describe the treament as a gentle warming of the surface. The treatment does not require any anesthetics, creams or gel.
Q: What does it feel like?
A: The laser handpiece does not touch the skin in Laser Genesis treatment. Instead, it is held about an inch above the skin area to be treated. As the pulses are delivered the handpiece is moved over the area causing a gentle rise in temperature until reaching the therapeutic level.
Q: What results to expect after the treatment?
A: Immediately after the treatment you will experience some minor redness and the feeling of warmth. The redness and warmth typically last only a few hours. Patients often describe the treatment as relaxing and therapeutic with visible results that are subtle yet noticeable. You can expect to immediately return to normal activities utilizing sunscreen if participating in outdoor activities. You can re-apply makeup immediately.
Q: What are the possible side effects?
A: Although most patients report few if any side effects, the most commonly noticed might be a slight redness that disappears within a few hours after the treatment. Consult with our nurses for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.
Q: How long will the treatment take?
A: The actual treatment will only take a few minutes. And, since there is no need to apply gel or any topical anesthetic, your total appointment time can easily fit into your lunch hour.
Q: Is it true that I’ll need to arrive an hour early to apply a numbing cream?
A: No! Unlike other systems, the Genesis Plus requires no anesthetic creams or gels before treatment. Gel is messy, time consuming and uncomfortable. The Genesis Plus is the next generation in laser collagen stimulating treatments — NO GEL!
Q: How safe are these treatments?
A: Very! The Genesis Plus has been FDA cleared. It has been rigorously tested in clinical studies. The laser handpiece was designed to treat the diffuse redness, discrete facial veins, wrinkles, scars, etc., while not damaging the surrounding skin or tissues.
Q: How much will the treatment cost?
A: The cost will vary with the extent of the area to be treated. The exact cost can be determined at the time of your consultation. The treatment always takes more than one laser session.
This information is intended to supplement, not replace, consultation with your physician or nurse regarding Anti-Aging Facial Rejuvenation with Titan and Genesis. Please consult with the nursing staff or Dr. Gold if you have additional questions or if you have questions that may not be covered in this section.
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