Hello Again HALO Laser Treatment: Do Deal With My Decollete!
Report by Alison Blackman
Good Skin Starts With Early Care
As a beauty editor, I should have always cared for my skin, but I didn’t and I suffered the consequences. HALO Laser Treatments have saved my skin.
Dealing With My Decollete-Part II
The skin on your body that you have probably ignored the most are on your hands and decollete.
If they’re not treated with TLC in your teens and twenties the result will quickly show
Thanks to the skill and Dr. Mark Schwartz, a plastic surgeon in NYC, and two HALO laser treatments, now my decollete looks a lot better
Read this report to discover if HALO laser treatments might be right for you as well as some alternative treatments, and things to prevent premature skin aging.
What’s a HALO Laser?
If your skin is prematurely aged past the point of no return, there is help, thanks to high-tech laser treatments such as the HALO (by Sciton) laser.
But here’s a very brief explanation of what HALO is (I suggest you click the links above to learn more):
There are many different types of laser treatments for skin, but the Halo is a fractional laser combining two different wavelengths to target the upper and lower layers of skin.
The thing that is great about the HALO treatment is that the treatment is personalized. My facial HALO treatment was deeper than the decollete treatment because the skin on your decollete is more fragile than on your face.
Each treatment is personalized and with each treatment, I saw a dramatic improvement. see a short video on the HALO Laser.
Consult with your doctor to choose less intense treatments over time, or a more intense treatment (if you’re lucky you might need only one).
Time To Try a Laser Treatment!
If your skin is prematurely aged past the point of no return, there’s help, thanks to high-tech laser treatments.
There are a variety of skin care lasers (I have also tried fraxel treatments.) but it’s up to your doctor to select the right one for you.
Dr. Schwartz selected the HALO laser for my skin. I’d need two treatments for my damaged decollete!
What Can You Expect From HALO Treatments?
If you click on the formatted snip above, you’ll get the details, but here’s a synopsis:
Dr. Schwartz assessed my skin and some numbing cream was applied to my skin that takes about half an hour to take effect.
You might be offered Valium or painkillers for some treatments, I didn’t need them for this one.
The laser intensity is set by the doctor based on what s/he feels is required (HALO allows each treatment to be personalized).
To protect your eyes from the laser you’ll be given some safety glasses. Then the treatment begins!
Great a diverting my attention, we chatted about all sorts of things as Dr. Schwarts ran the laser over my skin.
I can’t judge how long it really took, but I’m guessing about 20 minutes. Right away my skin looked very red and felt a bit hot.
I went right from Dr. Schwartz’s office to an evening event both times without any problems at all.
No Pain, Really?
Are you wondering if the treatment is painful? If you are, you can relax!
Some lasers are less pleasant than others. When it comes to HALO the discomfort level was never more than a 2 out of 10.
Your experience may differ as some people feel pain differently.
This is just my personal experience with HALO, but I’ve had eyebrow waxing treatments that were less pleasant!
There are virtually no side effects except for the healing process. Your treated skin will start to die, turn brown, and flake.
This phase of the treatment was itchier on my face than decollete but I still itched — and you can’t scratch!
The only cure is to moisturize often, you can’t exfoliate which could damage the tender new skin.
After any laser treatment, you must always protect your skin with SPF every day, and with good serums and hydration.
Dr. Schwartz has his own line of products some of which I used including Dr. Mark Schwartz MD Clinical Skincare Soothing Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, Dr. Mark Schwartz Skincare Clinical Daily Moisturizer SPF 20, and Dr. Mark Schwartz Clinical Skincare Ultimate Mineral Protection Transparent Zinc Broad Spectrum SPF 40. All of these products are high performance and pleasant and effective. They’re available to anyone through Dr. Schwartz’s office and they are reasonably priced.
“Before” & “After” Selfies!
See how my decollete has improved over time!
Other Things to Consider
Halo Laser treatments average $1,500 per treatment and will vary based on your location and your choice of doctor.
It’s an investment. Don’t make your choice based solely on price. Bargain beauty isn’t always such a good deal.
Be an educated consumer. Ask for references. Shop around. Don’t be intimidated. If anything seems “wrong” when you are in the office run, don’t walk.
Easy Ways To Protect Your Decollete
To prevent aging on your decollete there are some simple ways to help prevent premature aging in this area (these are must-do after laser treatments too).
The obvious and easiest way to prevent damage is to wear sunblock, to exfoliate regularly with a gentle scrub.
You can also help your skin to provide the collagen it needs to stay firm and supple with beauty products such as those with alpha and beta hydroxy acids, retinol, Vitamin C and E and other skin-nurturing ingredients.
Just a few products we’ve reviewed on advicesisters.com include Phytomer’s Decollete Parfait Neck and Decollete Renewing Care ; Mesopeptide Decollete Replenishing Cream by VIE and Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer by itCosmetics.
Peels, HydraFacial, Mico-Needling:
You can get some additional resurfacing with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, or for a gentler approach suitable for even sensitive skin try a Hydrafacial – I tried this on my face.
Some recommend the hydrafacial to bring hydration and a glow back to the face as well as the decollete.
A relaxing Hydrafacial treatment can bring an immediate glow, with cleansing, exfoliation and an infusion of antioxidants all in one session
Micro-Needling is trendy. As I understand it, a small roller covered in pinpoints is rolled over the skin to make tiny puncture wounds in the top layer.
The healing process (it’s claimed) helps your body to trigger a boost in collagen.
Creepier still (but some claim it works) is combining this treatment with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) using your own plasma (concentrated platelet cells extracted from your own blood).
Laser treatments like Halo can do a lot to improve most skin quickly and effectively. If your doctor suggests a laser treatment such as a HALO laser, you are now armed with information!
In full disclosure, my treatments were gratis so I could write these reviews but I will be going back (on my own dime) whenever I need something, because I trust and appreciate Dr. Schwartz!
If you’re in New York City (or planning a visit): Mark H. Schwartz, MD, FACS, 79 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075. For a consultation, appointments, or to order products from Dr. Schwartz’s skincare line Call 212-737-9090 or visit www.drmarkschwartz.com
Learn more about the Halo laser by Sciton on the company website