CONGRATULATIONS….you have decided to get the HaloTM Glow and say ‘Halo’ Gorgeous!
Halo is the first hybrid fractional laser using 1470mn non-ablative and 2940mn ablative laser wavelengths. The outcomes are based on the depth and density of the treatment taking into account your skin concerns, the health of your skin and your individual healing ability. Response can vary after a Halo fractional treatment.
Please follow all pre-treatment instructions your provider has outlined in preparation for your Halo. If you fail to follow certain pre-treatment protocols, your procedure may need to be rescheduled or cancelled.
- Use a sunscreen and physical sun protection.
- Please be advised that you cannot be tanned for this appointment and would need to temporarily discontinue use of all retinol products 3-5 days prior to your scheduled appointment. We also ask that you refrain from the use of sunless tanners for a minimum of 5 days prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Inform your provider if any physician has ordered Accutane for you in the last 12 months.
- Ensure you are following your specific skincare recommendations and at minimum are:
- Using a retinol/Retin-A nightly for at least 6 weeks leading up to your Halo.
- If you have been diagnosed with Melasma, use the hydroquinone system or products recommended by your provider for a minimum of 6 weeks leading up to you Halo.
- If you have a history of cold sores or a diagnosis of HSV (herpes simplex virus), you will need a prescription for prophylaxis prior to the procedure. Call our office and we’d be happy to help you with a prescription.
- If you have an active cold sore for this appointment, your visit will need to be rescheduled!
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TREATMENT:
- After photos are taken, your treatment with begin with a dermaplane and BBL (if you have not been diagnosed with Melasma).
- Next a topical anesthetic will be applied to the skin and once it has taken effect, your Halo treatment will begin.
- While the laser glides across the skin, you may feel light sensation however the numbing will make this treatment comfortable. You will also be given cold air to manage the heat delivered to the skin during the treatment.
Just as important as the treatment, is the care for your skin post-treatment.
- CLEANSING: ZO Gentle Cleanser
Cleanse the skin two times a day with plain, lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser, beginning the morning after the treatment. Use your hands and gentle patting motions. DO NOT rub, scrub, use an exfoliant or skin care brush such as a Clarisonic on the treated area.
- MOISTURIZER: Cicalfate or ZO Hydrating Crème
Moisturizer should be applied generously with clean hands over treated area and reapplied whenever your skin feels dry. DO NOT apply any other products that were not instructed by your doctor – e.g., essential oils, coconut oil, etc.
- SUNSCREEN: Colorescience Even Up or All Calm
Sunscreen is a MUST and should be used daily beginning the day after treatment and used consistently for up to 3 months post procedure. Use a physical sunscreen with Broadband UVA and UVB protection and a SPF of 30. Ensure to reapply during sun exposure.
- For general post-treatment discomfort, an over-the counter oral pain reliever, i.e., Extra Strength Tylenol might be prescribed by your doctor.
- If an anti-viral was prescribed, continue to take as directed.
- Avoid scratching and itching, as scarring and pigmentation complications can occur. Itching can be relieved by oral Benadryl, but can cause drowsiness.
- Your skin will feel rough, like sandpaper for up to 7-10 days. This is normal.
TIPS & TRICKS:
- Use soft cloth and soft towels to avoid any scrubbing.
- Make-up can typically be worn the day after your treatment.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat or protective clothing for 2 months post treatment to avoid scarring and discoloration.
- When showering, avoid getting shampoo directly on the treated area.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and sweating until after skin has healed.
- Drainage – looks like pus
- Increased warmth at or around the treated area
- Extreme itching
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR TREATMENT:
- Feeling of warmth – the treated area(s) may be extremely warm for 12-24 hours after the treatment. This is generally described as an intense sunburn sensation and will lessen greatly after approximately one to two hours. You may use a cold compress for comfort during this time, as well as a mineral water spray to provide cooling and moisture as needed.
- Redness (erythema) – redness is normal and expected. Redness generally increases in intensity for the first few days after treatment with day 3 usually being the most intense. Redness can persist for up to 7 days depending on the intensity of treatment. Allow skin to heal and don’t put further stress on your skin. Use gentle cleansers and keep skin moisturized and out of the sun.
- Pinpoint bleeding – this may occur and is no cause for concern. Pinpoint bleeding should be minimal but can last for a few hours up to 12 hours. Dab with damp gauze to minimize.
- Swelling – Immediately after treatment, swelling is common and expected. Use of a cold compress will help to relieve the swelling. To avoid further swelling, you may choose to sleep in an upright position the first 2-3 nights after the treatment. The first morning post treatment is when swelling is more prevalent, especially under the eyes. Swelling may last 2-4 days. If swelling is still bothersome, your provider may advise taking over the counter anti-histamines to further reduce.
- MENDs – MENDs (microscopic epidermal necrotic debris) will appear on the 2nd or 3rd day after treatment as tiny dark spots and bronzed appearance to the treated skin. Mends are part of the healing process where treated tissue is working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated. During this time, your skin will be very dry and feel like sandpaper before flaking and peeling off. Keep your skin well moisturized to support the healing process. DO NOT pick at your skin.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 608-836-4044