An Inside Look at Halo: Treatment, Recovery, & Results
I’m pretty good at procrastinating sometimes, but that doesn’t get anyone closer to their goals!
If you know you want to improve your skin, for it to be brighter, then find the time for YOU and take it.
Don’t procrastinate one more day or week thinking about it. It certainly didn’t get me any closer to brighter, smoother, less wrinkled skin on this nearly 61-year-old face!
Now is a great time!
The holidays are over; the weather is…well, “Baby it’s cold outside!” There are no sunny vacations in the next few months for me, and grandbaby #4 (baby boy Leatherwood) doesn’t arrive until April, so I realized THE TIME IS NOW!
(I don’t know how many of you know that grandbaby #3, Finn Madsen, was born a day after I had a Microlaserpeel in preparation for a Girl’s NIght In 2016. Needless to say, I looked a bit rough but NOTHING would keep me away, so off to Ohio State’s labor and delivery department I went! Lol! Mmm, I’d like to avoid a repeat for the grand arrival of #4!)
Halo Pro in Less Than an Hour
So, did I follow my own advice?
Yep! Halo it is! Done in less than an hour. Piece of cake!
With a little bit of pre-treatment medication, pre-Halo Pro pictures taken with and without a flash, post-treatment products ready to go, and a driver to take me home (those meds make the treatment very tolerable but also create less than stellar response time!)…
I finally did what I had been talking about for several months since my first treatment; got my second treatment!
Our two managers also had treatments done right after me:) This photo was right after Judy (on the right) was done. Of course, you see some redness which is the body’s normal response to laser treatment.
But don’t just take my word for it!
Let me step you through the entire experience so you can see that Halo Pro is the ideal option for those of us with a full schedule.
Day of Halo Pro Treatment
With the medication on board, I was very relaxed before hand and nearly fell asleep at times during the treatment.
Yes, it was hot, but after the first few passes my senses seemed to adapt, and it wasn’t difficult at all. There were areas that were a bit more sensitive around the eyes and above the lip, but the continual cool air coming from the tip of the laser while it is rolled over your face (and in my case my neck and decollete as well) is really helpful.
When the Halo treatment was complete, Dr. Madsen did some BBL treatment on concentrated brown spots from sun damage.
Having had the Halo first and now experiencing the typical burning sensation post-treatment, holding the cooling air wand in hand the BBL was hardly noticeable! I have shared with many clients the benefit of using the Thermal Spring Water Mist as soon as the treatment is done to give a burst of cooling and relief from the burning and actually got to experience it myself this round.
It did help, but I chose to not use it too much as it seemed easier to adapt to the burning without it or the chiller after the first 5-10 minutes. Since both of our managers, Kim and Judy had treatments after I did, I busied myself taking their pictures and visiting with their “drivers” and before I knew it, an hour had passed, and the burning had lifted! This seemed faster than my first treatment which had been more like 1 ½ hours. Perhaps it was that great pre-treatment medication! I would advise all our clients to take advantage of the meds and have a driver without a doubt!!
That evening, the only product applied was the Alastin Skin Nectar. I slept in a recliner to help reduce the amount of swelling.
Below is my photo 15 hours post-treatment. You will notice swelling under my eyes and over my cheek area as well as under my chin since he did my neck as well. The slight browning is just the beginning of MENDS (Microscopic Endothelial Necrotic Debris) which is old damaged tissue starting to come to the surface.
Day 1 – Post Halo Pro Treatment
The first day following treatment isn’t bad with just a bit of swelling and actually very little wrinkles (due to the swelling lol!) The body’s natural response to injury is to swell for 24-36 hours as it “sends in the troops” to begin the healing and repair.
It’s important to remember that when we do laser we are creating an intentional wound to allow old tissue to die and new tissue to develop creating smoother, thicker, more even-toned skin. In other words HEALING.
Still just using Alastin Skin Nectar after cleaning with Alastin’s Gentle Cleanser.
Day 2 – Post Halo Pro Treatment
Day 2 post Halo shows a bit more swelling and the MENDS are more noticeable. The “sandpaper” feeling has arrived – which is good! I’m still only using the Gentle Cleanser and Nectar until 48 hours have passed and then, ahhhhh, it feels so good to apply some Alastin Soothe & Protect Balm to my very dry skin. This is a bit occlusive and helps to protect the new skin soon to appear as the old tissue (the sandpaper) starts to come off. The “flaking” skin will begin in earnest on Day 3, but you may see some loosening on Day 2. I still chose to sleep in a recliner as you may notice what I call the “puff bags” under my eyes. This tissue is very thin and collects fluid in some people…that would be me 🙂
Day 3 – Post Halo Pro Treatment
By day three the body wants to get rid of the old flakey skin, and so some itching may occur. However you can, RESIST the temptation to “help” it off.
The developing new skin is not ready for exposure, and you can set up for further irritation if not cellulitis. If you need to, a low dose of Benadryl will help with the itching. You can now apply some high-quality mineral make-up to help camouflage the change process going on. We recommend using Alastin HydraTint which has mineral sunscreen in it as well as a tint to help minimize the visible pink.
It will also help reduce transdermal water loss. This picture shows me on Day 3 with a mixture of Hydratint and the Soothe & Protect Balm. Yep, I still have swelling and pinky redness, but the HyrdaTint does a great job of minimizing that!
Day 4 – Post Halo Pro Treatment
On the fourth day post-treatment, I’m starting to see more smooth, pinkish skin as the older tissue is flaking off. Below I show a before HydraTint photo and an after applying HydraTint. I still sport some swelling, particularly under my eyes although it is reducing. As a whole, I feel presentable, although certainly if people get up close and personal, they may see the dry skin waiting to release. I have slight itching in areas, but not enough to take Benadryl. Some people choose to take Benadryl through this process. The itching indicates that your body is working hard to repair and restore healthy skin! I have now added the Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer after cleansing and applying Alastin Skin Nectar which also feels wonderful!
Day 5 – Post Halo Pro Treatment
It’s the fifth day, and we’re heading for the home stretch! Once the swelling is down and all the outer layers have flaked off it’s easy street! Whatever pink/red is still showing can be easily covered with the HydraTint. Some areas may still not feel completely smooth which is fine and indicates that more old tissue is still in the process of being removed. There is usually still a bit of flaking, predominantly around the edges of the face or in areas where an emphasis was placed, but the bulk of it is over. It’s important to use the Skin Nectar, stay moisturized, and use a sunscreen ongoing to help support and protect the new skin.
The brightening is ongoing, and the fine lines and wrinkles will gradually reduce over the next 3-6 months while the collagen layer of the skin thickens as a result of the treatment.
Here we are on Day 5:
Other Things to Note:
- The neck and decollete will take a few extra weeks than the face to be smooth and to lighten, so I’m still pretty sandpapery there. It’s a great season to work on this area when we can wear scarves and turtlenecks!
- When someone has a lot of sun damage/browns on the face it is recommended to do a BBL at the same visit as the Halo. We call this a Halo/BBL.
- Doing the neck and decollete at the same visit as the face is not recommended in the first treatment.
The Follow-up Protocol: Protect & Support
We see all our Halo Pro clients two weeks following their treatment to check on their progress and review their daily skincare. At this time we may have some slight pinky areas but 99% of the swelling is gone and the major healing is behind us. At this point, each day forward we will improve in brightening and smoothing.
We are now in the Protect & Support period which, in all honesty, should be an ongoing daily habit to stay as youthful as possible. Of course, we should always keep our water intake up as it helps the moisture base in the skin as well!
The Results Are In!
- So, am I glad I didn’t procrastinate any longer? Yes!
- Am I glad that the initial five days are behind me? Yes!
- Is this an easier process than the former standard for skin rejuvenation treatment of MicroLaserPeel/Profraction? Yes! Without a doubt!
- Can we fit this treatment into our busy schedules? Yes!
- Is this a good season to have this treatment done? Yes!
Although we can do this at any time, obviously less time in the great outdoors and the ability to wear scarves and turtlenecks if doing the neck and decollete is a great help:)
So have you heard the saying, “He who hesitates is lost”? While that may sound a bit dramatic; this month you may have noticed that we are offering special pricing on Halo.
See our Specials page on the website, but in a nutshell, when you do a combination face/neck or neck/decollete you will save 50% on the neck treatment and when purchasing all three we will include the neck at no charge. Don’t lose your savings or miss the easiest time of year to have this type of treatment!
Give Kim a call at 740.774.7444 to schedule your consultation to discuss this treatment and purchase at this great savings!
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