The cool weather months, when you’re not likely to spending a lot of time out in the sun, are a great time to have professional skin rejuvenation treatments done. One of most innovative new treatments available is PICO Genesis, which can eliminate hyperpigmentation and age spots in as little as a single 20-minute treatment. I sat down with Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, the founding and medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute to learn about this groundbreaking treatment.
What makes PICO Genesis better than other dual wavelength laser treatments?
I’m not aware of any other picosecond dual wavelength treatments. The beauty of PICO Genesis is that it allows us to treat focal areas of pigmentation with a wavelength highly specific for pigment and then use the 1064nm wavelength to penetrate deeply into skin for revitalization.
Can the treatment be done anywhere on the body (or just the face, neck, décolleté)?
Yes, this treatment is safe to use off the face, on any body part.
Are there any potential risks in having the treatment?
Treatment is very safe with PICO Genesis. I guess the biggest risk is if we are treating a lot of focal pigmentation that the patient might run the risk of having a slightly longer healing time.
Are there any restrictions to activities recommended after the treatment?
As with any laser procedure, I would avoid exposing oneself to excessive sunlight (trips to tropics or Florida etc.), no tanning booths, or using any harsh topical products or procedures. Resuming physical activity is fine. It is even possible to do PICO Genesis with no downtime if someone has an event or social engagement that day.
Is there any post-treatment redness, swelling or bruising?
If someone has a lot of pigmentation and it is treated with a dual wavelength approach, they will have a little swelling and redness over those areas for around 3-4 days. However, we can also customize PICO Genesis and perform it with almost no downtime.
Do patients that have used Retin-A or other similar products need to take any precautions prior to the treatment?
I would recommend holding Retin-A or similar products 3 days before and for a week after any PICO Genesis treatments.
What regimen do you recommend that patients follow post-treatment to help maintain their results?
Practicing good sun protection is key. Other than that the use of a good moisturizer is the bare minimum I would recommend. Adding things like Retin-A or other topical products can certainly help maintain the results for longer.
How quickly are results visible?
I have seen patients respond to PICO Genesis with as few as a single treatment who have sun damaged skin. However, patients with skin of color often need a series of treatments to realize their results if we are treating tougher conditions like melasma or hyperpigmentation.
Is there an ideal candidate for the treatment?
The beauty of PICO Genesis is that we can treat all skin types and ethnicities. This is especially important to me as a dermatologist that has skin of color.
What is the average cost for the treatment?
Cost varies depending on region but in the NYC metro area, treatments range between $950-$1,500 per treatment.
Dr. Omar Ibrahimi is a board-certified Dermatologist who has completed advanced fellowship training in Skin Cancer, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Omar Ibrahimi is accredited by the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and the American Academy of Dermatology. He is well-known nationally, having been an invited speaker at numerous national meetings, and has written extensively about Mohs Surgery, Laser and Cosmetic Procedures.
Dr. Ibrahimi has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. The Wellman Center for Photomedicine is the world’s leading research center, where the majority of today’s laser and cosmetic technologies were invented and tested. He is an active participant in many clinical trials of new technologies. Dr. Ibrahimi has published many articles on skin cancer surgery, laser and cosmetic procedures in leading medical journals. He has also performed thousands of cases of Mohs Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic procedures.
For more information about Dr. Ibrahimi, visit ctskindoc.com.