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Recapture Your Youthful Complexion With No Downtime!

Beauty trends are moving toward minimalism. At VITAHL, we have been believers in minimalism for quite a while; our goal is that you use makeup to enhance, not cover up. We know that beautiful skin takes so much of the work out of looking stunning. The effortlessness that comes with perfectly toned skin will leave the people around you asking for your secrets!

The increased popularity of makeup techniques like contouring and strobing illustrate the greater emphasis being placed on the skin. Maintaining a healthy complexion can be a full-time job; we understand that, and want to take some of the work out of it. PICO Genesis is a cutting-edge laser treatment that targets pigment in order to achieve that perfect, even tone.

PICO Genesis is truly revolutionary in that, unlike other lasers of its kind, it utilizes minimal heat. Whether the imperfect pigments are freckles, brown spots, sun damage, scars or melasma, PICO Genesis targets the “flawed” area with short, intense pulses of light, resulting in a no-downtime, low-discomfort procedure.

What is PICO Genesis?

PICO Genesis is a non-ablative laser treatment used to improve the appearance of your skin. Originally developed to remove unwanted tattoos, this type of laser is now being used to treat a variety of concerns, including hyperpigmentation, melasma, brown spots, age spots and other discolorations. It can also revitalize your complexion by minimizing the signs of aging or sun damage, eliminating lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size and clearing up acne breakouts. As unwanted pigment fades and new collagen is produced below the skin’s surface, you’ll notice a brighter, smoother and more uniform-looking appearance after just a few treatments, emphasizing and illuminating your natural beauty.

Some of the benefits of PICO Genesis include the following:

  • Can be used on the face and body to correct pigmentation concerns
  • Effective for melasma, an otherwise difficult condition to treat
  • Treats hyperpigmentation without worsening it, which can happen with other lasers
  • Faster results with fewer treatment sessions
  • Ideal for all skin tones and types
  • Ultra-short pulses leave skin clear and radiant without significant redness or swelling
  • Comfortable treatments with little to no downtime
  • Appointments can be completed in just 20 minutes

How Does PICO Genesis Work?

Everyone’s skin contains melanin. It’s the substance that gives us color. But when melanin becomes concentrated in one area, it can result in pigmentation issues that appear as dark or brown spots. PICO Genesis improves the appearance of your skin by shattering this unwanted pigment, combining the benefits of ultra-short pulses and two highly effective wavelengths to restore balance and clarity.

Unlike other lasers, the PICO Genesis causes a non-thermal, photoacoustic reaction to destroy excess pigment and remodel the upper layers of the dermis without harming the surrounding tissues. This technique is ideal for pigment particles that may become problematic when damaged by high-intensity lasers, which can lead to unwanted side effects such as darkening of the skin or scarring. By utilizing a non-thermal approach to pigment removal, the PICO Genesis offers safer results with less pain and no downtime.

What Can PICO Genesis Treat?

PICO Genesis is proven effective for improving the appearance of skin irregularities and pigmentation issues like melasma, freckles or age spots. It can also be used to stimulate collagen growth and treat the signs of aging or sun damage while helping patients achieve a clearer, more even skin tone. PICO Genesis does this without the pain or downtime of more invasive procedures, but still delivers impressive results after just a few treatment sessions. PICO Genesis is also safe for all skin types and commonly used to address the following concerns:

  • Melasma
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Brown spots
  • Sun damage
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Freckles
  • Scarring
  • Lines and wrinkles

Is PICO Genesis Right for Me?

Most pigment-targeting lasers are problematic for those with deep or brown skin tones due to the possibility of hyperpigmentation and scarring, but the ultra-fast energy pulses delivered by the PICO Genesis reduce this risk, making it safe for all patients. This treatment is also appropriate when downtime is a concern — with PICO Genesis, there’s virtually no aftercare or recovery, so you can immediately resume your normal routine without worrying about the side effects commonly seen from other lasers.

If you have pigmentation concerns and want a smooth, clear and radiant complexion free from dark or brown spots, then PICO Genesis may be right for you. During a consultation, our team will examine your skin to determine whether PICO Genesis is a suitable treatment option, then develop a procedure plan tailored to your exact needs.

PICO Genesis at VITAHL

Your PICO Genesis treatment at VITAHL will be relatively quick, easy and painless. When you arrive for your appointment, our skin care experts will review your goals before cleansing and prepping the treatment area. A topical anesthetic may also be applied at this time to minimize any pain and ensure a comfortable experience. While PICO Genesis is most often used on the face, it can also target excess pigmentation on the hands and body.

Once everything is ready, your provider will move the laser device across the surface of your skin. You’ll feel a tingling or snapping sensation during treatment, but most patients find this to be tolerable. The length of your appointment will vary depending on the size of your treatment area, but most sessions can be completed in under 30 minutes. Afterward, a soothing moisturizer will be applied and you’ll be sent home with aftercare instructions.

PICO Genesis Results & Recovery

There is no significant downtime or recovery required after your PICO Genesis treatment. Your skin will be more sun sensitive, however, so it’s important to minimize UV exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for added protection. You may notice some swelling or redness immediately after your treatment, but these side effects are mild and temporary. They should subside after just a few hours. Then, over the course of a few days, treated pigments will begin to darken and flake off, leaving behind a smoother, more even complexion.

You’ll notice a reduction in excess pigmentation not long after your treatment, but the collagen-boosting effects can take some time to develop. Within a few months, your skin will also look firmer, tighter and more refreshed, but this will vary depending on how many treatments you’ve received. With proper skin care, the pigment-eliminating effects of PICO Genesis are considered permanent, but you can further ensure long-lasting results by preventing new sun damage and spots of hyperpigmentation from occurring.

Contact Us

To learn more about PICO Genesis and how it can help eliminate excess pigmentation and concerns like sun spots, age spots or melasma, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation today. Contact or call our office at 303-388-7380 to get started.



While PICO Genesis is primarily used to correct an uneven skin tone, it does increase collagen and elastin production to provide some firming benefits. It isn’t the go-to laser for sagging, but you may notice tighter, smoother skin after a series of treatments.


Compared to other laser treatments, the PICO Genesis provides a relatively comfortable experience that is well-tolerated by most patients. It has been described as a rubber band snapping against the skin. You may also feel a slight warmth or tingling during treatment, but because minimal heat is involved, there is no painful burning sensation. To ensure your comfort, a topical anesthetic can be used before your treatment.


With PICO Genesis, there is virtually no downtime or recovery needed after your treatment. You may notice some mild flaking, redness or swelling, but otherwise, you can resume your normal routine without any significant side effects.


The number of treatments you’ll need will depend on your concerns and skin care goals. Some patients notice a significant improvement in their skin tone and quality after just one to two treatments, but others may need up to five treatments to achieve their desired results.


PICO Genesis has been proven safe and effective for all skin tones and types. It revitalizes your appearance without harming the surrounding tissues and utilizes minimal heat, avoiding the thermal damage that is common with other laser treatments.