My Halo Laser Treatment Review: Results Part 3 is a Halo Laser Treatment Right For You?
By Alison Blackman, Editor in Chief, Advicesisters.com
If you are reading this three part review after reading Part 1 (what is the Halo Laser and Who is it For?) and Part 2 My Halo Laser Treatment Experience) This is Part 3 about the results. If you haven’t read the first two parts of this feature, I suggest you read them first, then come back and read this part about the results.
My halo Laser Treatment Results Part 3, and is a halo Laser Treatment Right For You? The day after the Halo treatment I woke up, looked in the mirror, and my face was really quite red, although it didn’t hurt. I was able to cover it up with with Ecco Bella mineral makeup *I am a brand Ambassador. I assumed that the redness would continue to subside, but it it remained fairly red. On the third day, a new issue arose. The healing skin started getting brown spots and flakes. This was actually an encouraging sign as it showed my skin healing, but nothing covered it up. Every product I tried stuck to the flakes, making my skin look textured with bits of dead skin hanging on it.
By day four, my skin was covered in flakes and brown patches. the flakes were covering my face, and there were brown patches, and it was itchy. The flakes were like fine dandruff, and falling everywhere. I texted Dr. Schwartz who said” “DO NOT EXFOLIATE.” Reluctantly, I didn’t, but cheated a bit, using some gentle wipes to relieve my misery and then piling on tons of moisturizer every couple of hours. Day five was better, but you can still see patches of peeling skin. A few more days passed, and my skin actually did start to look good, then by week three, really great. Check the photos below and you can see my progress:
Here at the products I used during the healing process: You must use sunblock always, whether you have a halo treatment or not, but when you have brand new skin exposed to the world, it’s not optional. Gentle moisturizers and cleansers are also a must because your skin is tender. If you want to cover up your skin, gentle makeup (mineral makeup is best) is a must. Here are the products I used most often during the healing process:
Mark Schwartz MD Clinical Skincare Soothing Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin 6.8 fl. oz.
Cicalfate Creme by Avene for sensitive and fragile skin 1.35 fl. oz. (helped with redness and soothed the skin)
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich 3.3 fl. oz. (a moisturizer that kept the flaking and itchy from driving me crazy)
Dr. Mark Schwartz Clinical Skincare Daily Moisturizer SP 20 1.7 fl. oz. (an oxygen-free pump and it smells a little like licorice).
Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 (new and nifty and lightweight)
Dr. Mark Schwartz Clinical Skincare Ultimate Mineral Protections Transparent Zinc Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen (3 fl. oz. (love that this is in a pump).
Sweat Sunstick (loose powder Zinc Oxide in a brush SPF 30) dusted over everything. *watch for an advicesisters.com review shortly in a feature called “spiffy spfs”
Ecco Bella Flowercolor Natural Foundation UAV & UVB SPF 15 (Light Beige) it didn’t cover everything but helped, especially in the beginning when my skin was tender.
Antonym Baked Foundation in Medium Beige (applied with a heavy hand and a kabuki brush, this covered fairly well after the flaking subsided)
Dr. Mark Schwartz Clinical Skincare Anti-Aging Rejuvenating Lip Balm SPF 30 (perhaps the best lip balm I have used – simple, emollient, clear, comforting, it works)
The Bottom Line – Is halo worth It? Personally, on a scale of one to ten the experience was an 8 in terms of satisfaction. I can’t give it a 10 because the peeling and itching really annoyed me because I didn’t expect it to be that bad for that long. I could have opted for a less aggressive treatment, but then I wouldn’t have gotten the same results as quickly. The press literature touts minimal downtime as a big bonus of halo, but it depends upon your skin, and that level of peel you get. It might just take a lunch hour to do the treatment, but the redness and brown spots and flaking made me hide for 4 days. That’s fine because I write at home, but for those who can’t take off from work, it might be a problem. However, I’m delighted with the results. My skin now has less sun damage and looks great. I’m told that there’s a “dermal regeneration phase” that can continue with more improvement, for months. Even better, the results of my halo treatment should last for many years as long as I continue to keep my skin protected. If I opted for more treatments, I’d have better looking skin with each. And, the most important thing to remember is to never leave home without protecting your skin with spf!
So is halo really worth it? My skin isn’t like yours and your results, expectations and feelings about this treatment or any treatment may be different. My doctor, Dr. Mark Schwartz, is a skilled practitioner, and I am very satisfied with the results. But like all beauty treatments, keep expectations, reasonable. Results will vary depending upon a lot of factors. My skin was in good shape to begin with. But if your skin is truly seriously damaged no treatment will transform it back into the plump, youthful skin of a 15-year old. However, treatments like halo can do a lot to improve most skin quickly and relatively effortlessly. It is just one more technological advancement to help people make positive improvements.
Cost/Doctors: The cost is going to vary depending upon where you live and how many treatment you have, although the average seems to be around $1,500 per treatment. Please do not be tempted to pick a treatment by what’s cheapest over who is most skilled. Lasers are seriously dangerous in the wrong hands. Go to a medical professional–no one else! While laser treatments are available in med-spas, be aware that some med-spas only use a doctor in the roll of a ‘Medical Director,’ allowing them to purchase the equipment. If the person doing the treatment isn’t a doctor, walk away and don’t be embarrassed to do so. Ask for before and after photos so you can see the real, typical results of other patients and if you don’t like what you see, continue to shop around.
My doctor was Dr. Mark Schwartz and I can’t say enough great things about him. He is not just skilled, he followed up and made sure everything was ok, encouraged my questions, and made me feel like my well-being before, during and after really mattered which is really an important part of how you’ll feel about the results, when dealing with a medical professional. If you want to get an appointment with him I’ll provide that below this short bio:
Mark H. Schwartz, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in surgical and non-surgical treatment of the face and body at his practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and is an assistant Attending surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.With nearly two decades of experience, at Dr. Schwartz’s practice in New York City he combines science with artistry to help patients achieve the results they desire.
If you’re in New York City and want to try the halo laser or another treatment, Mark H. Schwartz, MD, FACS, 79 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075. To learn more call 212-737-9090 to schedule a consultation.212 737 9090
If you want to learn more about the HALO laser by Sciton visit the company website
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