Laser Genesis vs IPL: What’s The Difference & Why It Matters

Have you started noticing any fine lines or wrinkles on your face?

Are there any red spots or signs of sun damage on your skin that you want to remove?

Are you thinking of trying some skin treatment procedure, such as IPL or Laser Genesis, but are not sure on which one to go for?

If you are thinking about any of the above, this article could help to clear some of your doubts. Today, we first talk about how an IPL and a Laser Genesis treatment are different and then talk in detail about how the procedures are done and what are their benefits. We also talk about whether or not it is a good idea to combine both the treatment methods. In the end, we also tell you which of the two treatment options may be better for you and how you can find out if they are working for you or not.

How are Laser Genesis and IPL essentially different? 

While both Laser Genesis and IPL may kind of be used for the same reasons and effects, the way they are done is essentially different. Here is one of the most common ways in which Laser Genesis and IPL are different.

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Laser genesis is a laser treatment while IPL is a light-based procedure

A laser genesis is a type of treatment that uses laser as part of the treatment process. On the other hand, an IPL, which is the short form for Intense Pulse Light, is a procedure that uses an intense light as part of the treatment process.

What can Laser Genesis treat? How does it work? 

Here is how a laser genesis treatment works:

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  • A laser genesis procedure uses a non-invasive laser technology that can safely work to remove and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, scars, blemishes, redness and even helps to reduce pore size.
  • While initially the results may be a little subtle, with repeated use, the results are consistent and stay present for a long time.
  • As part of the procedure, heat is put into the top and the middle layers of your skin. This helps to tighten your skin and improves the amount of collagen that is present in your skin.
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    Also, when the heat is put into your skin, the skin feels that the area is getting burned, and as a result it produces more collagen to heal the particular area, which boosts your skin texture and appearance and reduces lines and wrinkles.
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    Even though it uses a laser technology, you do not need any topical anaesthetic or gel before it is performed.
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    Also, it does not cause any side effects such as irritation on the skin or any signs of bruising.

What skin issues are best treated with IPL? How does this treatment work? 

Here is how an IPL treatment, or an intense pulsed light treatment, which is also known as a flashlamp therapy, works:

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  • An IPL is a non-invasive treatment that uses visible light in very high intensity pulses so that they can take care of different types of issues that are related to the skin.
  • The IPL treatment can work very well to remove facial lines and wrinkles, as well as remove unwanted facial hair or dark hair.
  • It is also a good way to remove signs of redness as well as signs of rosacea and even red thread veins that are present on the legs.
  • The main way in which an IPL therapy works is that it uses light energy that is then absorbed in those particular cells that are targeted for the treatment.
  • This therapy is targeted at the lower layers of the skin that is known dermis. It does not affect the top layers of your skin, which is known as the epidermis.

Can these two treatments be combined for better or more effective results? 

Once your skin specialist examines your skin and gives you the go ahead, you may actually be able to combine the IPL as well as the Laser Genesis treatment to get even better results than what you would have gotten by using just one treatment.

Here are some of the benefits you can get if you combine and IPL and a Laser Genesis treatment.

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  • It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and keeps them away for a longer time.
  • There will be a visible reduction in the visible signs of sun damage, sun spots, brown spots and even the red and dark spots that you see.
  • Using a combination of both the treatments together will help to reduce the pore size.
  • It will also help to reduce any scarring that occurs as a result of acne and other spots that are a result of earlier blemishes.
  • When you use both the treatments together, you will notice much better results in the way your skin feels and looks, and there will be a definitive improvement in your skin’s overall tone and texture.
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    It will also help to reduce the appearance of redness and will also help to reduce the appearance of any veins that are associated with rosacea.

How can you know which among these two treatments is best for you?

While both the treatments are meant to tackle problems on the skin, and both the treatment procedures have their own merits, there are specific issues that they are meant for. The best way to know which of the two will suit you the most is by visiting a skin specialist, or a dermatologist, who will first examine your skin and then tell you the best possible treatment option out of these two.

For instance, if you have damaged skin, such as very heavy scarring, or if you are suffering from acne rosacea, it will be better for you to use the IPL skin treatment option. This is because, the IPL method will be able to specifically target the redness on your skin because it will attack the red blood cells that lead to the redness.

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On the other hand, if your major concern is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and if you do not really have redness or scarring on the face, you should go for the Laser Genesis skin treatment option. This is because, this particular treatment option is a little stronger than the IPL treatment, and in order to treat the fine lines and wrinkles, you may need something that is stronger than the IPL.

In some cases, if you have both, your doctor may do an examination of your skin and suggest that you do a skin treatment procedure where you combine both the treatments. This is because both the treatment options will help to target specific problem areas on your skin and give you the results as you are looking for.

Once more, it is very important that you only speak to a licensed practitioner for any of the treatment options that you are planning to go for. It is important to first do a proper assessment of your skin, and only then go ahead with the treatment method.

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