When a friend of mine who works at a plastic surgeon’s office invited me to try the new Halo laser treatment, I jumped at the chance. I have been doing research about it for a while now, and it seemed to be just the thing for the years of sun damage from my vacations and tanning. I had a few dark age spots that I was insecure about as well as broken capillaries on my nose. I was hoping that the halo laser treatment would address both of these issues and I am excited to say that it did!
Let’s start with the basics: what is a Halo laser?
A Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser is a piece of equipment designed to remove the outer layer of the skin and lift years of damage from below the skin’s surface.
How does it work?
The Halo laser treatment uses dual laser technology. The first layer targets the epidermis: the top most layer of the skin to reduce pigment and restore the glow and smoothness.
Dual laser technology
The second laser targets the dermis, the bottom layer of the skin and removes years of sun damage from deep within. The skin’s natural healing process causes the pigment from the damaged skin to rise to the top layer which will peel off a few days after the procedure.
How to prepare for the Halo laser treatment
There isn’t much to do to prepare so it’s super easy. Before going to the appointment, I took a Tylenol. Taking a pain reliever before the treatment seemed to be a top suggestion I had found during my research. Once I got to the clinic, I was given a numbing cream to apply to the treated area.
What to expect and does it hurt?
To be honest it does hurt quite a bit. Even with the numbing cream and Tylenol it still felt like extreme prickling and burning. By the end I could barely sit still, it was that uncomfortable. The drive home got worse: my face was throbbing, my eyes were swollen, and my face was as hot as the sun. It was a terrible drive. But they did give me small gel cold packs that felt glorious when applied. As the days progressed the redness turned into a brownness.
This “brownness” is called MENDS (microscopic epidermal necrotic debris). From afar, it looked like I had freckles. However, if you got close enough to me it looked as though I had been gardening with my face. Hey, there was a pandemic so at least I could wear my mask. By day four the MENDS was beginning to come off when I applied the cream. It was disgusting. There is no way you can go to work as normal, so plan accordingly. I was beginning to feel impatient and frustrated.
But finally, results!
Finally, as the dead skin came off, the skin underneath looked brand new! It was amazing! My pores were visibly smaller, the sun damage had almost completely faded and the capillaries had been reduced to nearly nothing. Also, the deep wrinkle I have at my brow became a lot smaller.
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Would I do it again?
Overall, I was very happy with the results. Now that I know what to expect, I would do it again. I was advised that this is a great annual regiment to implement for flawless skin and I believe it. However, next time I’ll plan my work accordingly and I’ll ensure that I have a driver. For the Halo laser treatment treatment, the saying “beauty is pain” is completely appropriate.
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