|What areas can be
Virtually any part of your body with uneven skin tone,
diffuse redness, or sun and age spots can be safely treated.
The face, chest, shoulders and arms are the most popular
areas for treatment because they have typically had the
most sun exposure. Discrete brown spots, excessively ruddy
complexions and skin densely covered with freckles respond
well to treatment.
What does the treatment do?
The visible light delivered by the Photo Genesis procedure
is selectively absorbed by the pigmented spots and red
areas on your skin. Its the heating of the pigmented
cells that causes the therapeutic effect.
Will I need to have an anesthetic?
No. Unlike other systems, the Photo Genesis treatment
requires no topical anesthetic or gel before treatment.
Gel is messy, time consuming, and uncomfortable. Photo
Genesis is the next generation in pulsed light treatments.
What do treatments feel like?
When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel
cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered,
you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation.
How long will the
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 within your
How many treatments will I need?
Typically, one or two treatments are sufficient to see
dramatic results. Additional treatments may be required
for very large or dark spots, densely freckled areas,
or excessively sun damaged skin.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start
to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the
surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple
of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks,
darkened spots will fade and flake off. Your mottled
complexion will clear. Consult with your medical professional
for complete information on the benefits and risks of
When will I see results?
Many patients see significant improvement within two
to three weeks of treatment. Your complexion will be
clearer and younger looking. However, your final result
may not be apparent for a month or more.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?
Over time new spots may appear if there is sufficient
sun exposure. These too can be removed. Remember to
liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to minimize
sun damage and the appearance of new spots and excessive