My new skin care adventure: Laser Genesis and Hydrofacial / by Cinthia Contreras

On October 10, 2019, I started a new round of skincare to stimulate the collagen on my face for more glow, smoothness and to improve the elasticity of my skin. I was starting to notice that my skin was looking and feeling dull and grainy which doesn’t match with my body skin at all and I was starting to get worried because I don’t want to give a bad impression when I go to an event and people see me!!!

The other day I went to this event and met this blogger and I got blinded by the perfection of her skin and that is exactly the kind of reaction I want from people when they see mine, this might sound shallow but here the thing, beautiful skin is a sign of health and self-care.

I was able to finally meet Dr. Ferdouse Sartawi at her Silhouette clinic and right away she got into checking my skin and recommending what type of treatments I would need and being very specific in her explanations. In my case, it was a mix of hydro facials and laser genesis every 15 days. So here I am enjoying the benefits.

HydraFacials are less painful than the hand-extracted ones and Laser Genesis is also less painful than other treatments in the market. Your face only gets a little read for a short period after of time after the treatment and you can see right away the glow on your face. So far I am happy and I am just starting this journey.

Dr. Ferdouse Sartawi

Dr. Ferdouse Sartawi

HydraFacial:

Only HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. HydraFacial super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow in just 3 steps:

CLEANSE + PEEL

Uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing.

EXTRACT + HYDRATE

Remove debris from pores with painless suction. Nourish with intense moisturizers that quench skin.

FUSE + PROTECT

Saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow.

What is Laser Genesis?

Laser Genesis is a nonablative laser that kick-starts collagen production to repair signs of aging and sun damage. It uses micropulse technology, firing short bursts of energy so quickly that it doesn’t damage the skin’s surface. In the hands of an experienced provider, it can safely treat fine linesuneven texture, dullness, redness, rosacea, enlarged pores, and acne scars, all without downtime. 

One of the major benefits of this laser treatment is that it is much less likely to trigger hyperpigmentation in patients with dark skin, unlike many other lasers. Laser Genesis can be used to safely treat sun damage anywhere on the face or body. It’s also often combined with other treatments and procedures for better results.

What are the pros and cons of Laser Genesis?

Pros:

  • There’s zero downtime after a treatment. You may look mildly flushed for a few hours. 

  • The treatment has minimal pain, so you can skip the numbing cream. 

  • It’s gentle enough to use daily leading up to a special event, says Dr. Emer.  

  • Laser Genesis complements a wide variety of other treatments, including facialschemical peels, more aggressive lasers, radiofrequency (RF) skin-tightening treatments and RF micro needling, and injectables. 

  • Unlike many other lasers, Laser Genesis can help treat rosacea by targeting the broken capillaries responsible for flushing and redness.   

  • It has a relatively high patient-satisfaction rating—89 percent of RealSelf members say it’s “Worth It.” Many say it’s been life-changing for their rosacea or acne and treats redness and pigmentation. 

  • It’s considered very low-risk. “Laser Genesis is one of the safest procedures out there,” says Thousand Oaks, California, plastic surgeon Dr. Kouros Azar in a RealSelf Q&A

  • Any skin tone can handle this treatment—even those that are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

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Cons

  • It’s pricey, and you’ll need a series of treatments for best results. Dr. Emer suggests an initial four to six sessions plus monthly maintenance treatments. 

  • It doesn’t offer dramatic results for deep wrinkles and severe sun damage. A resurfacing laser, like the Fraxel Dual (or Sciton Halo for less downtime), is a better bet for those issues. If downtime isn’t an issue, consider a CO2 laser or Er: YAG resurfacing

  • The effects are gradual. You may not see much of a difference until several weeks after your first treatment.  Regular treatments are needed to keep the skin young and healthy, with reduced oil and pores and decreased acne, redness, and pigmentation. By having maintenance sessions, you can actively prevent skin issues.