HALO® laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure that targets various skin concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, sun damage, and acne scars. During the treatment, a high-intensity laser is use to deliver precise energy to the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting the growth of healthier, more youthful skin cells. Here’s what you can expect during and after HALO® laser skin resurfacing:
During the Treatment:
- Preparation: Before the procedure, your skin will cleanse and a topical anesthetic may apply to ensure your comfort during the treatment.
- Protective Measures: You and the provider will wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser. The treatment area will also protect with a cooling gel or air-cooling system.
- Laser Application: The provider will pass the HALO® laser handpiece over the treatment area, emitting the laser energy. You may experience a warm or prickling sensation during this process, but it should not be painful. The HALO® laser combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, allowing for customized treatment intensity and depth.
- Treatment Time: The duration of the procedure will depend on the size of the treatment area. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete the treatment.
After the Treatment:
- Immediate Sensations: After the procedure, you may experience a mild to moderate sensation of heat, similar to a sunburn, in the treated area. Some patients also report a feeling of tightness.
- Redness and Swelling: Redness and swelling are common side effects following HALO® laser treatment. The intensity and duration of these effects can vary depending on the individual and the treatment settings. They typically subside within a few days but may persist for up to a week or longer.
- Peeling and Flaking: As the skin begins to heal, you may notice some peeling or flaking. This is a natural part of the skin renewal process and can last for several days. It’s important to avoid picking or scratching the treated area to minimize the risk of infection or scarring.
- Sun Protection: Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial during the healing process. The new skin will be more sensitive and vulnerable to sun damage. It’s recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF and to wear protective clothing when outdoors.
- Results and Follow-up: Over time, as the skin heals, you’ll start to notice improvements in skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. The full results of HALO® laser treatment may take a few weeks to become apparent, and multiple treatments may recommended for optimal results. Follow-up appointments with your provider will schedule to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
It’s important to consult with Glow Theory experienced providers to determine if HALO® laser skin resurfacing is suitable for you and to get personalized information about the procedure, including specific pre- and post-treatment instructions.