HALO Laser Making Headlines

HALO Laser Making Headlines | RefinedMD, Los Gatos + San Jose

HALO Laser Making Headlines

As businesses reopen around the country, following social distancing guidelines of course—including RefinedMD—there’s been a surge in clients wanting to treat themselves to younger-looking, more beautiful skin. The world’s first hybrid fractional laser, HALO, has quickly become a fan favorite and has been making headlines as clients share their results. HALO combines a non-ablative laser with ablative laser technology so that coagulation zones are controlled during treatments. The ideal depths of the skin are reached in order to encourage new collagen production while the tone and texture of the skin is improved. HALO features less downtime than other lasers without skimping on the results.

Singer Beth Tinnon has been increasingly in the spotlight as she’s racking up awards, and like a lot of people she started to notice more signs of aging and sun damage. She recently shared her HALO journey with a local newspaper, and says she chose the laser because it combines resurfacing and skin polishing with “going deeper” to kickstart collagen production and remove years of hyperpigmentation. HALO can even treat melasma, an especially stubborn type of hyperpigmentation that is usually exacerbated by hormone fluctuations. Lasers in the past, such as Fraxel, have been able to treat difficult hyperpigmentation but only with significant discomfort and downtime. With HALO, beauty no longer requires pain.

Why Choose HALO?

Tinnon was interested in HALO because she could start wearing makeup again right after her treatment, which she considers a must for a career in the spotlight. The HALO machine maps out a customized treatment plan, detailing the ideal amount of energy needed to get the best results. Throughout the treatment, the skin temperature is constantly monitored so there’s no risk of over-lasering. Tinnon describes the experience as feeling like a light stinging, but right when the treatment stopped she no longer felt that stinging sensation. Five days after HALO, a difficult sunspot she struggled with was almost entirely gone and there was a glow to her skin. Number of treatments needed for optimal results vary between 1 – 3 on average.

Another fan of the treatment who shared her story online is Kate Neidigh. “My skin is glowing,” she says. Neidigh was drawn to HALO because of the lower downtime compared to other lasers and because of the promise of getting rid of pigmentation spots that popped up during pregnancy, along with some wrinkles on her forehead. She compared the actual treatment to feeling like rubber bands being snapped on her face, but as soon as the treatment ended any discomfort vanished. Her entire treatment took 15 minutes and was immediately followed by a fan that cooled down the skin.

Neidigh kept a diary of her experience, noting that the first day after her treatment her skin was just red and similar to a sunburn. On day two, the microscopic epidermal necrotic debris (MENDS) appeared. MENDS is to be expected in those with a lot of sun damage and heavily pigmented skin. MENDS are packed with melanin, and the “necrotic” process happens when this debris is being prepped post-HALO to leave the skin’s surface. It can make it look like you have a lot of freckles for a day or two, but this is all part of the process. Neidigh says they’re “fun to look at,” but she resisted picking at them (because she knew it was a huge no-no).

Full Halo and IPL Results

On day three many clients can expect skin that is still red, MENDS might still be present, and the face can feel tight and dry. This is normal and a sign that the results are just around the corner. A lot of people feel perfectly comfortable undertaking their daily activities in the first few days—they simply look like they’ve had too much sun. Old skin typically starts to shed on about day four. For most people, day five is when the HALO glow shows up. Skin looks and feels softer, clearer, and younger. “Would I do this again?” Neidigh asked. “HECK YES I would do this again. My skin continues to glow and improve by the day.”

There is some pre- and post-HALO indications to consider, and it’s all about sun protection. Avoiding the sun and slathering on sunscreen before and after treatment is a must, but these measures should really be part of anyone’s usual routine anyway. HALO unveils younger skin below the surface, so this is your chance to protect it. Ready to learn more about laser skin rejuvenation and get your own HALO glow? Call RefinedMD at (408) 688-2082 to schedule a consultation.