Laser Genesis - Is It the Same As Photo Facial or IPL?

I am wondering if Laser Genesis is the same type of procedure as IPL or Photofacial. Thanks!

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Laser Genesis and IPL or Photofacial are different

Laser Genesis is a 1064 Nd:YAG laser that is used to stimulate the production of collagen from the deeper layers of the skin to help reduce the size of pores and reduce redness due to Rosacea and dilated blood vessels. Because it is a long-wavelength laser, it can safely treat all skin types. IPL/Photofacial is Iight-based, not laser-based and targets the epidermis, or topmost layer of the skin to reduce dilated blood vessels, redness, and discoloration that may occur from sun spots, etc. It can also be used in conjuction with stimulatory chemicals such Levulan for enhanced effect in photodynamic therapy. Because this treatment targets the most superficial layer of the skin, it can not be used to safely treat some of the darker skin types. Both Laser Genesis and IPL/Photofacial require several treatments to see maximal improvment.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Genesis vs. IPL / Photofacial: different but both effective.

Laser Genesis is the name of a "laser facial" procedure performed with a long-pulsed Nd:YAG true laser. With no downtime, this is a popular treatment that when performed in series can help reduce facial redness, shrink pore size, smooth facial texture, and even help not only acne breakouts, but scarring as well. Supposedly it also stimulates new collagen building over time, which kicks in several months after the procedure. It is not as aggressive, painful, or expensive as Fraxel, and makes it easy to enjoy noticeable results. 

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL, Photofacial, BBL) is also a light-based "facial" treatment performed for many similar reasons, but is more effective for color than texture. Not a true laser, IPL uses a band, or spectrum, of filtered wavelengths against the skin all at once to target brown and red sun damage, rosacea, and broken blood vessels, and can also help acne breakouts as well. Though texture is not really affected, sun damage may see great improvement. IPL also has no downtime and can be performed in the middle of a workday. 

To see ideal results for both procedures, a series of treatments is recommended, but each may also be performed in a single treatment.

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Genesis vs IPL

Laser Genesis is a Yag laser with a specific wave length used for non-ablative skin rejuvenation and is claimed to improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles, reduce acne scars, and diminish pore size. Laser Genesis is touted as a "lunchtime procedure" by the manufacturer, Cutera. IPL stands for intense pulse light of many wavelengths and is more of a superficial treatment.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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