My Skin Rejuvenation Journey – Part II – Halo Treatment
Sally Kerr, LVN, LMT, LSO
Director of Aesthetics
On the day of the treatment, I was very excited and a little nervous, I have to admit. Leading up to the treatment, I made it a point to focus on hydration. Before getting started, my face was cleansed and numbing gel was applied. In addition to my face, I decided have my neck and chest done also. (I didn’t want a new face on top of an old neck!) After about an hour, the numbing gel was cleansed off and it was time.
Goggles were applied and the aestheticians began the treatment. The Halo experience was different from BBL and SkinTyte. The light wasn’t as bright and the sensation was very different. It just started getting hot. The sound was different, too – kind of a popping, prickling sound. It took about 1 ½ hours to treat my face, neck and part of my chest. Afterward, cold compresses were applied and the treated areas felt very, very hot. Laser Enzyme Gel and Elta MD balm were applied. I immediately drank an antioxidant beverage and a glass of cold water.
Did I mention I was hot?? Think of the worst sunburn you’ve ever had and kick that up a notch! I was given some balm to take home and post care instructions were reviewed with me. The most important things to remember are to stay out of the sun and to NOT get hot.
It was about 5:30pm when the treatment was completed, so I did not apply any sunscreen and I went straight home. By the time I got there, I had a slight headache. I had a light dinner and continued to hydrate with water. I did not wash my face prior to bed, but applied more balm and slept with my head elevated (propped up on pillows). I felt very tired and fascinated by my skin.
Still very red and there was slight swelling. Not as hot, except for my neck – it was HOT and VERY red. I felt slightly nauseous and still had a slight headache. I continued to hydrate and gently washed my face, neck and chest with a mild cleanser, followed by a misting of a hydrating toner. Afterward, I applied Elta MD Laser Enzyme Gel, followed by the Elta MD balm. I worked from home that day, as I certainly couldn’t (or wouldn’t) be seen in public, and I did not want to put makeup on my face which was definitely in the healing process. My face had been woken up!
My face wasn’t hot any more, but felt very tight and itchy. My skin was undergoing a change and there was a bronzed appearance that started to flake off. The healing process is simply amazing. The goal is to leave it alone and not rub or scratch it. I wanted to pick at it and I ran out of the Elta MD balm, so made a mad dash to CVS and purchased Vaseline. Yes, that’s right, Vaseline. It was the perfect consistency to make my face, neck and chest feel better and not like it was going to crack off. Again, I gently cleansed my face, neck and chest, followed by a misting of hydrating toner, applied the Elta MD Laser Enzyme Gel, then coconut oil, followed by Vaseline. I was definitely feeling better (no headache and no nausea), but still a little tired, and I had become obsessed with looking at my face.
Back to work with my refreshed face! This time, I cleansed my face, misted with hydrating toner, and applied Hotze Renewal Cream followed by Elta MD tinted sunscreen ONLY along with my regular eye makeup and lipstick.
I started back with my regular makeup and skin care regimen. My face and chest felt completely normal, however, my neck continued to be sensitive for 2 weeks. I also had a couple of pimples on my neck, but none on my face (this is something that we always caution can happen).
In the end, I can’t wait to have my next Halo treatment. My goal is to have three within the next four to five months (you have to wait at least 30 days before having another skin rejuvenation treatment). Then I will begin Forever Young BBL treatments, which studies have actually proven to turn off the aging gene! Only two treatments per year – sign me up!
Click here for the final part of the skin series and learn about Sally’s pre- and post-procedure supplements, as well as her go-to smoothie recipe.