In previous articles, we’ve discussed the use of chemical peels on your face as a way to repair damaged skin and restore the youthful glow many of us are after. Depending on your goals and the current state of your skin, these chemical peels can range from a gentle and mild treatment (Light Chemical Peels), to something more invasive and intense (Deep Chemical Peels).
However, if you’re looking for a more advanced way to treat your skin than what even the most intense Deep Chemical Peel can offer, you may be interested in getting a laser treatment. And of all the laser treatments available on the market today, the Halo Laser Treatment is quickly becoming the gold standard in regards to laser skin therapy.
There are two types of wavelengths used in traditional laser treatments: Ablative and Non-Ablative. To put it simply, ablative lasers are the more invasive of the two and work to physically remove the top layer of skin. Non-ablative lasers, however, are much more gentle and work by heating up the skin tissue lying underneath the surface, leaving the skin itself undamaged. The non-ablative lasers help the the body create more collagen, which helps restore the elasticity in our skin and leaves us looking younger.
What makes the Halo Laser Treatment so unique and effective is that it’s the only treatment on the market that delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths simultaneously as part of its process. This one-two punch is unmatched in the world of facial rejuvenation, and allows the device to deliver results in a way that chemical peels or traditional laser treatments alone simply aren’t capable of.
So what does the process of a Halo Laser Treatment entail? Let’s break it down and see if it’s something that would be right for you.
While the Halo Laser Treatment is one of the more effective treatments on the market, it’s also fairly invasive. For this reason, a numbing cream will be applied to your skin before the procedure to help minimize any discomfort. Once the topical anesthetic is activated, the aesthetician will then begin working on your skin with the Halo device, quadrant by quadrant. While the anesthetic will keep the treatment from being too painful, you can expect to feel a significant amount of heat and what could be described as a pulsating, stinging sensation on the skin. This process can take up to several hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.
After the procedure, you will likely experience a burning sensation on your skin that typically lasts for several hours, as well as some swelling and redness that can last for 2-3 days. During the recovery period, you’ll also start to develop what are known as MENDS, which are essentially microscopic wounds from the laser treatment. MENDS are a natural part of the healing process and look like various tiny brown spots on the surface of your skin. They gradually fall off over the course of the healing process, which can take up to a week. It’s important not to pick or peel at them during this time.
There are other factors to consider during the recovery period, such as avoiding sun exposure, refraining from certain topical treatments, and other do’s and don’ts. Make sure to thoroughly go over these with your treatment provider.
While the process itself and the recovery period can be daunting for some people, the benefits typically make it worth it. Here are some of the benefits of a Halo Laser Treatment:
The Halo Laser is in a league of its own in the world of skin rejuvenation, and it’s a great option for anyone considering a more advanced skincare treatment. While the process itself and the subsequent recovery period is more intense than other treatments on the market, the potential benefits and dramatic results make it worth it. And while it can be on the pricier side, averaging approximately $1,500 for a single treatment, the benefits are achieved in one single session and no followup appointments are required. For many people, it actually ends up being more affordable in the long run, and any subsequent treatments are only meant to address any new damage that occurred since the previous treatment.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Halo Laser Treatment, speak to your dermatologist or aesthetician to see if it’s a suitable option for you.