Last week I went to Vitahl Medical Aesthetics in Chicago’s West Loop for a treatment called Laser Genesis skin therapy. Before consulting the med spa I actually hadn’t heard of it. Now that I know more about it and have experienced it myself, I can see why they say it’s so popular! I’m going to share a little background about Laser Genesis and also tell you about my personal experience. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
What does it treat?
Laser Genesis naturally and effectively treats: fine lines, wrinkles, the appearance of facial redness, enlarged pores, uneven texture and scars.
Am I a good candidate?
Definitely consult your local medical spa, but this treatment is great for all skin types! Only exceptions are women who are pregnant or nursing, and men should be aware that this laser treatment could reduce hair growth.
What is Laser Genesis and how does it work?
The treatment uses a non-invasive laser technology to heat the upper dermis (below skin’s surface). The heat from the laser stimulates collagen production and targets capillaries that cause facial redness.
What are the side effects?
You may experience redness for a few hours after but that’s really it! Apparently this is a hot treatment for A-list celebrities and I see why. There’s little to no down time – I got the treatment just a few days before being in a wedding and had no issues. If you’re going to be outside you will want to be sure to wear sunscreen (but you should always!).
How many treatments do I need?
Again you’ll want to consult with a professional, but the recommendation I received was three or more treatments. From the research I’ve read, you would want to do four to six treatments for optimal results. I will say for myself after a single treatment I feel that I can see a difference in my underlying redness already. I imagine for fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars I would need additional treatments over time to visually see a difference.
What did it feel like and how long did it take?
For the most part the treatment was warming and relaxing. There were a few points (probably 2-3) during the ~30 minute treatment when I felt more of a shock/moment of intense heat. I think this can happen when the laser catches a hair or a certain area receives a lot of heat. Whenever this happened the laser could quickly be turned off and the device’s metal tip was used as a cooling tool. It felt like ice running across the skin. The machine lets the aesthetician know how much treatment to apply to each area via a beeping sound. Application was broken up into sections (i.e. left side, right side, forehead, chin/nose/mouth). I was surprised to find out that the forehead was the most sensitive (thinnest skin) but it was a pretty consistent feeling in my opinion across my whole face.
Would I do it again?
Yes, yes, and yes. The pros so crazily out weigh the cons (there really aren’t any) and I loved everyone at Vitahl. Dr. Tracee, who did my consultation, answered my every question and was so great. Madison, who performed the actual laser treatment, was attentive and sweet. Will keep you posted on any new developments 🙂