As I mentioned in my last post, we now are offering Halo™ by Sciton at TOC Medical Spa. I had my treatment March 19th and took a series of photos and took notes about my experience to better inform our patients.
Before Halo/March 19th
Immediately after Halo™
The days after treatment:
By day five and six most of the brown had detached and sloughed off. Unfortunately my photos from these days were lost:-(
(still a small amount of malar swelling)
I wore topical numbing for approximately 45 minutes before the treatment. The treatment itself felt like prickly heat. The heat accumulates and becomes more uncomfortable with repeat passes with the laser. A cool chiller is utilized along with the laser and helps to alleviate some of the sting. The face is treated in 5 zones: each cheek, each side of the forehead and then the nose. The perioral area is treated with the cheek zones. I thought the most uncomfortable areas were the forehead and upper lip. I think we all experience the sensation a bit differently so 4 people could have slightly different descriptions. Post treatment, my face felt very hot for 45 minutes. This seems to be consistent with everyone we have treated. I drove home with the AC blasting on my face for most of that time.
At TOC we are recommending very gentle products post treatment for up to 5 days. We are providing our patients Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion and Aquaphor.
As you can see in the photos there is redness and swelling after the treatment for up to 5 days. By day 2 a bronzing appearance and rough (sandpaper like) texture evolve. This is the microscopic necrotic skin cells coming to the surface. These slough off, in most cases, by day 5. It is not unusual to have a few acne blemishes post Halo™, which I did.
I had swelling in the periocular and malar (cheek) area for a solid 7-8 days. This is not typical, however. Most patients have resolution of swelling by day 5.
Halo™ by Sciton helps with pigmentation, texture and the appearance of pores. Improvement will continue to be seen over the coming months as the collagen stimulation triggered by the treatment can take months to be fully realized.
This is me today, 2 1/2 weeks post treatment.
The treatment definitely lifted hyperpigmentation and brightened my complexion. The results are impressive for one treatment with minimal downtime. (mind you, I felt unsightly for a few days due to the swelling!)
Sun avoidance is very important after a Halo™, so sunscreen and big hats should be at the ready. Most patients can return to their normal skincare routine at day 5-7, which will always include a sunscreen 🙂 We treat everyone prophylactically with antiviral medication (Valtrex) as the treatment can trigger a outbreak of cold sores.
Hope this helps and that my series of mug shots aren’t too much!
Have a great weekend!