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What to Expect During and After a HALO® Skin Resurfacing Treatment

Dealing with complexion issues like fine lines, uneven skin tone, or sun damage can be frustrating, but you’re not alone in seeking effective solutions to these skin concerns. We offer HALO laser treatments to improve your appearance by gently resurfacing your skin, and we have helped many patients just like you to get healthier and more beautiful skin.

If you’re considering the HALO laser for the first time, you might have questions about what to expect. At aNu Aesthetics™ and Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, MO, we believe in making the treatment process as transparent and comfortable as possible. Understanding the steps involved helps demystify the experience, setting the stage for positive outcomes.

What Is the HALO Laser?

The HALO laser offers a skin rejuvenation treatment that combines two different laser technologies, ablative and non-ablative, within a single treatment. This method allows for a wider range of benefits and can offer a more comprehensive approach to skin improvement.

Non-Ablative vs. Ablative Treatment

An ablative treatment is one that works by precisely removing the outer layers of damaged skin, prompting the body to produce new, healthy skin cells. This process can dramatically improve the skin’s texture and tone. Non-ablative treatments target the underlying skin layers, heating them to stimulate collagen production without removing the top skin layer. The HALO laser by Sciton® combines a 1470 nm non-ablative laser and a 2940 nm wavelength ablative laser to provide significant results with just one treatment.

Preparing for Your HALO Laser Treatment

Initial Consultation

Before a HALO laser treatment, a conversation with us is an important step. During this meeting, we’ll discuss your skin concerns and goals to see if the HALO laser is the right option for you. We’ll also review your medical history and any previous skin treatments so we can determine a personalized and effective treatment plan. This consultation is an opportunity to ask questions and understand what the HALO laser treatment can do for your skin.

Pre-Treatment Care

In preparation for a cosmetic laser treatment, there are a couple of steps that are important in order to promote the best outcomes. Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for at least two weeks before your treatment to prevent increased sensitivity. Apply a high-quality sunscreen any time you go out in the sun, and refrain from using retinol products or medications (with approval from your doctor) that can increase skin sensitivity for a week before your treatment. 

During Your HALO Treatment

The Treatment Process

During the HALO laser treatment, you’ll be comfortably seated or lying down in our treatment room. The process begins with cleansing your skin to remove any oils or makeup. Then, a topical numbing cream can be applied to minimize discomfort during the treatment. The HALO laser device is expertly maneuvered over the target areas, emitting light energy that penetrates the skin to stimulate rejuvenation. The entire session typically lasts about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. Our focus is on precision and customization as we adjust the laser settings to match your specific skin concerns for optimal results.

Comfort and Usual Sensations

When undergoing a cosmetic laser treatment, patients often experience a range of sensations such as a warmth or a tingling sensation on the skin as the laser works. To enhance comfort, the HALO device has a built-in cooling system which helps to soothe the skin and reduce any unpleasant feelings. Most patients find the treatment to be very tolerable, and we will be there to make sure you are at ease from start to finish, continuously monitoring and adjusting as necessary to maintain a comfortable experience.

Aftercare and Recovery

Immediate Post-Treatment Care

Right after HALO laser skin rejuvenation, you may notice redness and a warm sensation, similar to a sunburn. We may recommend applying a gentle, soothing ointment to help moisturize the skin and alleviate discomfort. Keeping the skin hydrated and avoiding direct sun exposure by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen will help protect the treated areas. We may also advise you to avoid makeup and harsh skincare products for the first 24 to 48 hours to allow your skin to recover.

Long-Term Skincare

Maintaining the results of your HALO laser treatment involves a committed long-term skincare routine. Using products rich in antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides can support skin health and vitality, as can the regular application of sunscreen. Regular follow-up treatments as recommended can help you sustain the benefits, keeping your skin looking radiant and rejuvenated. You can also work to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including hydration and a balanced diet, to support overall skin health.

What to Expect From HALO Laser Results

HALO laser results can often be noticeable soon after the initial healing period. You can start to see an even bigger improvement in your complexion as time goes on. The skin can also appear more luminous and evenly toned, with results progressively enhancing over the following months as collagen production is stimulated. These results can vary based on individual skin conditions, the severity of these concerns, and the overall health of the skin.

How Long Will Your HALO Laser Results Last?

Improvements from the HALO fractional laser can last for years, with many patients enjoying sustained benefits with proper skincare and protection. For some patients, we may recommend a booster treatment every year to keep the skin youthful and glowing and to make the results even better. Keeping a consistent skincare routine and protecting your skin from environmental factors are both important as you seek to maximize the duration of your HALO laser benefits.

Is HALO Skin Resurfacing Right for You? 

  • You Have Sun Damage or Uneven Skin Tone: HALO skin resurfacing can significantly improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin while evening out the tone, offering a refreshed and more uniform complexion.
  • You Want to Address Fine Lines and Wrinkles: HALO laser skin rejuvenation is effective at smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a more youthful appearance through enhanced skin texture and firmness.
  • You’re Battling With Enlarged Pores or Skin Texture Concerns: The HALO laser treatment can refine the appearance of enlarged pores and improve overall skin texture.
  • You Have Acne Scars or Other Minor Scarring: HALO laser treatments can target and diminish the visibility of acne scars and other forms of minor scarring, helping to restore a smoother skin surface.
  • You Want Minimal Downtime: HALO skin resurfacing offers the advantage of minimal downtime, making it a suitable option for those seeking significant results without the lengthy recovery periods associated with more invasive procedures.

Learn More About Our HALO Treatments in Kansas City, MO

The HALO laser offers a comprehensive solution for those seeking improved skin texture, tone, and overall skin health with minimal downtime. At aNu Aesthetics™ and Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, MO, we leverage this advanced technology to address a variety of skin concerns, making sure as we do that you receive the highest quality care. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us online or call us at (816) 359-3310.

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