If you’re following us on social media (hopefully you are) you may remember a picture from when we first got our newest laser for the Halo treatment.
We’ve since unwrapped it and I must say, there’s a lot of excitement. This brand new hybrid fractional laser from Sciton is the best on the market, the first of it’s kind, and it’s going to give you ablative results with non-ablative downtime. I don’t know how else to put this but it’s kind of a big deal, okay?
Fractional. Hybrid laser. Ablative. Non-ablative. I know I’m throwing a lot of words at you. Just hang in there, you’re going to want to know what all of this means. Let’s start with the basics.
What is this laser doing?
Halo is a skin resurfacing treatment that is used to improve the appearance of skin and minor facial issues by creating tiny micro-channels, while also creating a thermal injury that triggers collagen and elastin production. Who doesn’t want that?
Why is it so special?
The laser used for our beloved Halo treatment is one of a kind because it’s a hybrid. It uses both ablative and non-ablative technology. According the the Mayo Clinic, a wounding (ablative) laser removes thin layers of skin while a nonwounding (non-ablative) laser stimulates collagen growth and tightens underlying skin.
- Women have been getting laser treatments for years and in the past if you wanted results you had to deal with the consequences. Fractional lasers, while getting the job done well, left a patient red, raw, peeling, and often with as much as a few weeks of downtime.
- With the Halo treatment using a combination of ablative and non-ablative technology, we’re able to treat deeper and get beautiful results with pigment, texture, wrinkles, and even melasma, all while only leaving you with about a week of social downtime.
What in the world is “social” downtime, Tarryn?
Social downtime is different for everyone I suppose. But what we mean is you won’t be in pain and you’ll be able to go to work, however we wouldn’t recommend getting a Halo treatment done 3 days before a photo shoot (although I did mine right before my birthday celebration). More on why in a little bit.
If you’ve managed to stay awake for all that technical stuff and you want to improve the appearance of your skin and get the healthy “glow” that everyone is chasing, keep reading. We recommend Halo about once a year for anyone with pigment concerns, texture such as acne scarring, melasma, and skin tightening. And of course, we’ve all done it. Take a gander at Sara’s before and after pictures!
Everyone who’s had this treatment so far has loved it. As with all of our other treatments, every person will respond differently, but the general consensus around the office seems to be that the worst part of the treatment is right after. But I guess I’m getting ahead of myself, let me tell you the process here.
When you come in for your Halo treatment, first thing’s first, we will get some numbing cream on you. You’re about to have a laser beaming at your face, didn’t think we’d send you in and hope for the best did you? (Fun fact: I accidentally wiped off some of the numbing cream near my mouth and didn’t realize it until I was being treated…. um, ouch!) Once we’ve applied the numbing to your face and/or neck and chest you get to hang out for about an hour. You can come out to the lobby, check some emails, or we can put you in the CoolSculpting room to watch TV.
Once you’re sufficiently numb, we’ll have you don the super cute protective eyewear and get to work. All of the prep works takes longer than the actual treatment itself. If you are just having your face done you can expect to be on the table for about a half hour, give or take a few minutes. You may experience a prickling sensation but because of the numbing cream the treatment is pretty comfortable. Once the treatment is completed, your numbing is going to start wearing off and your skin will be nice and red and feeling pretty hot. I was feeling very hot for a few hours but typically you can expect your skin to calm down right around the two hour mark. We’ll send you with a post-Halo treatment kit and specific instructions on how to care for your skin but, spoiler, the big thing is you cannot touch your face.
Around day 2 or 3 you’ll start to see some MENDS coming to the surface of your skin, this is why we don’t recommend getting your Halo right before a big event. The technical term for MENDS is “microscopic epidermal necrotic debris.” It’s going to look like coffee grounds on the surface of your skin and will feel sandpaper-y. As much as you want to pick, peel, and pester when that happens, please don’t. As Megan would explain it, when you got your Halo, little cores of skin were taken out (plastic surgeon Dr. Grant Stevens equates it to aerating a lawn) and the MENDS coming to the surface is your skin healing itself from the inside out. The addition of ablation is crucial for this treatment because it allows all of the melanin and other treated tissue to be released, whereas if there was no ablation it would be trapped under the surface of your skin.
Because you follow all post-care instructions to a T, we know you’re letting the MENDS slough off in their own time, right? You’ll notice once they’re gone you’ll have a rosy, pink glow that will gradually resolve. A week after the treatment you’re going to see a big difference in texture, pigmentation, etc. and the great thing about this treatment is that you’ll continue to see improvement over the next 6 months or so.
So to recap, Halo is a great treatment for a multitude of concerns and gives great, long-lasting results with only a teensy bit of downtime. We can treat all skin types, all year-round (not the case with most lasers) so I bet you’re a candidate. If you have any questions, please feel free to email, call or comment, and if you’re someone who has had the treatment and would like to share your before and after photos let us know! We are so excited to help you start the new year off with your Halo glow.