Laser Genesis

Pre & Post Treatment Advice

General Information

Level 1 & 2 treatments are a great way to start your skin journey with us. No consult is required, and perfect for most people. On the day of your treatment, we’ll discuss your concerns and address them accordingly.

General Information

You can expect to experience the following both during and post treatment. 

  • During and after the procedure, the following may be experienced; redness, swelling, itching, warmth, tightness.
  • Some clients may react differently. In severe cases the skin may turn very red, blister, swell and later scab or crust.
  • There is a risk of developing temporary or permanent post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH).
  • There is a risk of triggering an outbreak of ‘cold sores’. Laser Genesis cannot be performed if an active cold sore is present
  • There is a rare incidence of scarring and infection.

Contraindications

May prevent you from undergoing treatment.

Contraindications are instances whereby it’s unsafe and/or unsuitable for you to undergo the treatment, and we will not not perform the treatment on you while such contraindications are in effect.

In some cases, we may be able to overcome the contraindication(s) and this can be discussed during your consultation.

  • Currently Pregnant
  • Roaccutane or Accutane within the past 3-6 months
  • Photosensitizing medications (Tetracyclines, Isotretinoin etc.)
  • Psoriasis, eczema, lupus erythematosus, open wounds, cold sore, sun or wind-burned skin, infected or irritated skin in treatment location
  • Severe Acne or Rosacea
  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or immune disorder treatments

Precautions

May prevent you from undergoing treatment.

Precautions don’t generally preclude you from receiving treatment, however extra care will normally be required. You may be at higher risk of complications should the treatment go ahead.

  • History of skin cancer – Must have completed recent skin cancer check (<6 months)
  • Diabetes – May impede wound healing
  • Tattoos including semi permanent makeup – cannot treat within 1″ of tattoo
  • Injectables/dermal fillers – Wait 2 weeks following injectables.
    • Note – Reaction to dermal fillers are unknown
  • Pacemakers – cannot treat within 6” of implant
  • History of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
  • History of vitiligo – Depigment may occur
  • Smoking – impairs healing and increases the risk of complications
  • Fresh scars – Check with your surgeon and/or specialist prior to starting treatment

Before Your Treatment

Pre Treatment Advice & Recommendations

Prior to your treatment, there are certain things you must do, and certain things you must not do. This includes:

Do…

  • Notify us of any changes to your health history or medications
  • Pre-treat with antivirals if prone to cold sores.
  • Arrive at your appointment free from makeup
  • Excess hair may need to be shaved
  • Check with your surgeon and/or specialist prior to starting treatment on fresh scars

Do Not…

  • Expose the area to sun or tanning products for 2 weeks
  • Avoid Botox/Fillers in the treatment location for 2 weeks
  • Avoid skin irritants in the treatment location for 1 week
    • Includes hair removal such as waxing as well as products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, granular scrubs etc

After Your Treatment

Post Treatment Advice & Recommendations

After your treatment, there are certain things you must do, and certain things you must not do. This includes:

Do…

  • Apply broad spectrum SPF daily
    • Normal cleansing, antioxidant serums, moisturisers can also be applied
  • Keep the area clean, cool and calm
  • Pat dry rather than rub dry after showering/cleansing
  • Notify us of any questions or concerns you may have

Do Not…

  • Do not expose the area to the sun (wear protective clothing and apply SPF 30+ or higher, daily)
  • Avoid exercise, swimming, and heat based activities including saunas, steam rooms for 3 days
  • Do not pick, scratch or rub the skin
  • Avoid skin irritants in the treatment location for 1 week
    • No hair removal or products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, granular scrubs etc

Possible Adverse Effects

Laser Genesis is considered a very safe and effective skin rejuvenation treatment when delivered by a qualified and highly trained professional, however all laser treatments have risks.

Although rare, these are possible adverse side-effects that may occur, especially if you fail to follow the pre and post treatment advice provided:

  • WOUNDSLow Risk – Heat based treatment with risk of burns – but unlikely to occur.
  • INFECTIONLow Risk – Any type of wound can develop into infection – but unlikely to occur.
  • SKIN COLOUR CHANGESMedium Risk – The treatment is designed to create a more even skin tone and complexion. The treated area may become either lighter or darker in colour compared to the surrounding skin. Further de-pigmentation may be seen in Vitiligo.
  • HAIR LOSS – Low Risk – Uncommon but may occur over treatment site.
  • DARK SKIN TYPESMedium Risk – Have an increased risk of complications and/or pigmentary issues. Additional cooling may be required to maximise skin protection

Other Treatments

Pre & Post Treatment Advice for other treatments are linked below: