All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Laser Genesis at HOO Center for Dermatology

As some of you may already know, for the last few months I have been working with Dr. Charina Pelayo of HOO Center for Dermatology to achieve healthier, glowing skin.

I have been religiously using their Obagi line (you can read my writeup on this here) and have also been subscribing to a Laser Genesis treatment once a month to help boost results.

I’m sure a number of you are curious about the Laser Genesis by Cutera and what exactly it can do for your skin. I asked Dr. Charina Pelayo to answer my own questions about the laser and perhaps they will answer yours as well!

What exactly is the Laser Genesis?
It is a non-ablative microsecond 1064 long-pulse Nd:YAG laser used mainly for skin rejuvenation.

Which company created it?
Cutera is a publicly listed company in the US that created the Laser Genesis, and is just one of its many innovations in the aesthetic laser industry. The company was founded in 1998 by veteran laser and optical engineers, and is known for being one of the leading manufacturers of aesthetic lasers. Their claims are backed up by numerous clinical studies under a highly proactive research and development team, who until now are developing laser applications that will deliver safe and effective treatments for the dermatologist to utilize on their patients all over the world.

What is the Laser Genesis best able to treat?
Enlarged pores
Uneven skin texture
Fine lines and wrinkles
Facial redness/Rosacea
Excess brown pigment (Melasma, Hyperpigmentation and Lightening of dark under eyes)
Hypertrophic Scar/Keloid/Red and brown stretch marks

How exactly does the Laser Genesis work?
Laser Genesis is a form of non-invasive laser therapy that uses laser technology to gently heat the upper part of the dermis. The laser pulses specifically target these 3 chromophores in our skin to effect improvement: WATER for skin rejuvination, HEMOGLOBIN for redness and PIGMENT for brown spots.

How does Laser Genesis compare to RevLite
These two lasers are usually compared by patients and doctors alike because they are both being advertised for skin rejuvenation. They are both 1064 Nd:YAG lasers, but the similarity stops there. Laser Genesis uses microsecond (1 millionth of a second) long-pulse photothermal energy to destroy its target chromophore, while RevLite uses nanosecond (1 billionth of a second) q-switch photoacoustic technology.

Laser Genesis is able to deliver repetitive high power micro-pulses and high-repetition photothermal energy or ‘bulk heating’ which is the principle being used to achieve skin tone and texture improvement, while still having some effect on pigment. RevLite on the other hand cannot achieve this bulk heating easily because instead it uses high-energy nano-second pulses to produce a ‘photomechanical’ effect that vibrates and shatters its target chromophore, which is mainly pigment.

Who are the best candidates for the Laser Genesis?
The best candidates for Laser Genesis are those who have mild to moderate skin texture problems like acne scars, chicken pox scars, traumatic scars, hypertrophic or keloidal scars and even red and brown stretch marks. If you would like to improve your skin’s tone and texture, lighten freckles and melasma, and minimize enlarged pores to achieve that “no make-up look”, then you could be a good candidate for this procedure too.

This same laser treatment may also be used for onychomycosis or nail fungal infections.

Who are not candidates for the Laser Genesis?
Those with Nevus of Ota and tattoo.

How soon do you see results after treatment?
After treatment, most patients notice that their skin has a brighter appearance with a light pink blush on the cheeks, just like when you wear light make-up. There is also a feeling of tightness because of the heat.

For skin texture and pigment improvement, you may see results immediately after, with further improvements seen in the next following weeks. For pore size and wrinkle reduction, you’ll start seeing results usually after 3 to 5 sessions. To achieve optimal results, a minimum of 6 sessions is advised.

How often should you have Genesis laser treatment for best results?
Every 2 to 4 weeks.

Are there possible side effects to using this laser that are worth mentioning?
Although most patients report a few if any side effects, the most common side effect is a slight pinkness or redness immediately after treatment, which typically disappears within 30minutes to an hour after the procedure. Being a LASER, burn is always a possible side effect because of the heat. But with cooling and the appropriate use of laser parameters together with observation of tissue-laser interaction, this side effect is often avoided.

I’ve personally done HOO’s Laser Genesis treatment twice and can vouch for its amazing effects. The laser itself is super pleasant to the skin, almost like someone lightly patting you with heat. As soon as the treatment is over, your skin looks a little flushed, like it’s glowing from within. A day or two later, there is minor flaking but this is just your old skin lifting to reveal a younger, more gorgeous you.

The great thing about Laser Genesis is that the results are long lasting. Three weeks into my treatment and I can still see my skin getting more even toned daily. I’m currently doing the Laser Genesis once a month and certainly plan to continue.

I’ve also personally tried Revlite in the past, and it did make me break out into little bumps and the results were not as gorgeous in the end. Between both lasers, the Laser Genesis is more expensive by a few thousand pesos per treatment, but it is worth it if you’re looking for a way to bring back your skin’s youthful glow.

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Calyxta.Com’s Color Me Gorgeous Event

Last week, a few friends and I were invited to Calyxta‘s Color Me Gorgeous event at the very cute Early Night? in BGC. Calyxta.com is my favorite online store and magazine for all things beauty related! I’ve been a proud supporter of this site since its lovely beginnings a few years ago!

The star of the event was none other than master makeup artist (and super hottie) Jigs Mayuga who did a number of makeup looks showcasing his beauty look predictions for Fall/Winter 2017.

Here are some snaps from the event, where there were games, raffles, and chances to find your perfect shade in an assortment of gorgeous products.

Here is Jigs in action during the makeup demos:

Here are the looks Jigs showed us:

Ethereal: Strobing is definitely hotter than contouring right now and here are the products you can use from Calyxta to achieve this look.

SIMPLE HYDRATING LIGHT MOISTURIZER
SIMPLE MICELLAR WATER
MILANI CONCEAL + PERFECT 2-IN-1 FOUNDATION + CONCEALER
MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO V-FACE STROBING CREAM
MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO V-FACE STROBING STICK
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Just Kissed Lips: A darker shade in the middle blended with a lighter shade on the sides. Jigs recommends using your fingers to perfectly blend everything together.

Products used: 

PIXI GET THE LOOK – ITSLIPTIME
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Reinvented Smokey Eye: This one would look beautiful on chinita eyes. A winged smokey that actually isn’t too scary. Jigs says the secret is symmetry and proper blending.

Products used: 

EYE OF HORUS PALETTE in Sekhmet Smokey Goddess
EYE OF HORUS LIQUID DEFINE EYE LINER BLACK
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Straight Brows: Brows are all the rage these days. Jigs says the secret to feathering your brows is using a spool brush. He also prefers a rounded end rather than a square on in your thicker side.

Products used: 

MALISSA KISS SUPER SHAPE ULTRA HD BROW PENCIL in Mocha
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Pop of Color: Jigs says he loves how he’s seeing more ladies play with color on their eyes rather than the standard browns or grays. He showed us how to do an ombre gradiant on the eyes. I have to also add that Jigs only did one eyelid (the right one) while a student did the other side. You can tell a master’s hand a mile away.

Products used:

EYE CANDY EYESHADOW PALETTE in Eye Candy 1
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Here’s cutie pie Patty Laurel-Filart during the event. This photo was too cute to not share.

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Beauty Review: Crème de la Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund

Oh, La Mer. You’ve stolen my heart. As mentioned in a previous blog post:

La Mer is a US brand whose translation in English means “the sea” because its story has our oceans to thank. It all began when its founder, Dr. Max Huber suffered awful burns while conducting an experiment and looked to nutrient-rich sea kelp to help heal his skin. 6,000 experiments later, Crème de la Mer was born. This decadent face cream in its signature green and pink box is a cult favorite all over the world. And rightfully so, men and women everywhere rave about this cream’s moisturising and renewing capabilities.”

Each year, La Mer creates an expression of their love for the beauty of the sea by turning the much coveted jar of their Creme de la Mer cream into a canvas for their love story to the sea.

But that’s not all they plan to do. This year La Mer wants to take their love for the sea into giving back to its eco-system. As written in their website:

“The La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund launches with a focus on protecting ocean habitats by expanding Marine Protected Areas and empowering ongoing ocean conservation projects around the globe. This year, we’re accomplishing our mission through a New York City-based art walk and auction in collaboration with ocean conservation organization Project 0 and the storied auction house Sotheby’s.” 

You can learn more about their conservation efforts here.

This has been my first encounter with the original Crème de la Mer formula and I’m happy to report that it’s phenomenal. I initially thought the cream would be too rich for my skin, but it has been a godsend especially since I’m currently doing a retinol treatment which has been drying my skin out.

Every other night now, I put a little scoop of this rich white cream on my face, neck, and on the backs of my hands. It has a pleasant floral scent and feels extremely decadent. I wake up the morning to skin that looks plumper, more even toned, and glowing. I’m seriously in love. A little goes a long way so I suspect a jar of this size will last for over a year. I’m already planning to save a little for my next one.

I would highly recommend this wonderful cream if you’re:

  1. Battling with dry skin or fine lines
  2. Are looking for a rich moisturiser to use at night or in dryer, colder climates
  3. Are willing to invest in your skin’s health. I promise it will be worth it.

You can purchase La Mer in the Philippines at Rustan’s Department Store.

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