Ready to get that Halo Glow?
posted: Jan. 19, 2021.
Ready to get that Halo glow, but unsure as to what to expect?
The most optimal way to prepare your skin prior to Halo is to maintain strict sun avoidance for ideally two weeks prior to the procedure. Our office also recommends that you avoid applications of self-tanning lotions as well as any topical retinols or retinoids such as Tretinoin, Tazarotene, or Adapalene for one week prior to your Halo. You may also take all your prescribed medications as directed on the day of the procedure. Prior to your procedure, your face will be gently cleansed, and a topical numbing agent will be applied to your skin to ensure your comfort. Your clinician may also provide you with an antiviral medication to take shortly before your HALO and may give you a prescription to continue the medication for an additional 7 days.
Immediately following your procedure, your clinician will apply Cicalfate, a protective moisturizer to your skin, and cool air will be circulated to enhance your comfort. You will be given comprehensive written post-care instructions in addition to an Avene skincare kit that provide you with everything you need to know and use to optimally care for your skin while you heal. Your clinician is also available for consultation and any additional questions you may have following the procedure. It is important to note that swelling, redness, pinpoint bleeding, and the development of tiny dark spots (MENDS) and a bronzed appearance are normal and anticipated consequences of treatment with HALO laser. It is very important that you follow the instructions provided to you very carefully, and take any new medications prescribed as directed.
Once home, our office recommends that you gently cleanse your skin with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil or CeraVe, followed by the application of a light layer of Cicalfate to keep the skin well-moisturized and aid in its rapid healing. Applications of ice packs and cool compresses are recommended, as this will help to reduce swelling and keep you comfortable. The MENDS will continue to develop and mature for about 2 days following your HALO and will fully exfoliate in about 7-10 days. It is very important that you allow the MENDS to exfoliate naturally, and avoid picking or rubbing, which could result in scarring, changes in pigmentation, and increased risk of infection. After the peeling process is complete, you will be permitted to resume applications of your typical products and makeup. It is imperative that broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 be utilized daily on your new skin, and that you avoid direct sun exposure through the usage of photoprotective clothing and phot barriers such as a wide-brim hat.
How Do I Maintain My Results?
The single most important recommendation we emphasize is strict sun avoidance to preserve your results. UVA ray exposure from the sun is responsible for much of the undesirable pigmentary changes we note on our skin and contributes heavily to photoaging and the development of fine lines and wrinkles. In contrast, UVB rays cause sunburn, and increase the likelihood of developing sun-associated skin cancers such as Basal Cell, Squamous Cell, and Melanoma skin cancers. Thus, avoiding the sun not only preserves the outcome of your Halo, but also protects you against further photoaging and the development of sun-associated skin cancers. Your clinician will also be happy to devise a personalized aesthetic regimen to further enhance and maintain your new Halo glow.