Review of a Halo Laser Treatment–On Hands!
Some of the most popular stories on advicesisters.com are those about laser treatments. I’ve written about my HALO laser treatments: On My Face and twice on my Decollete (1) and Decollete (2). However, I couldn’t’ resist trying this on a less requested part of the body to demonstrate that almost anything can be made better, with a HALO laser treatment.
HALO laser (by Sciton) is an easy, quick and effective way to reduce sun damage, make skin more clear and bright, and even encourage collagen production.
Although the most popular places to have a laser treatment is on the face, think about your hands?! They are always exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.
*** I encourage you to read my previous HALO reviews for more a lot more details about how this treatment works, my experiences, and my before and after photos: Part I of my first (facial) HALO laser treatment, *leading to to Part II/Treatment and Part III/Results).ALSO 1st HALO Laser Decollete treatment and 2nd Decollete HALO laser treatment,
What is A HALO Laser?
There are many different types of laser treatments for skin.
The HALO is a fractional laser combining two different wavelengths(non-ablative and ablative) to target the upper and lower layers of skin in a single pass.
It’s considered a “lunchtime” skin treatment that takes just about an hour from start to finish with very little downtime.
Healing time takes about 5 days, depending upon how intense your doctor makes the treatment.
This is a very personalized treatment based on your skin condition, doctor’s recommendations, and your goals.
The discomfort is very minimal other than a feeling of heat post-treatment (cool packs can be applied). Your skin will look red.
Otherwise, you can go right back to what you’re doing.
I Have HALO On My Hands!
This time, I visited the offices of Scarpidis Asthetics at 200 West 57th Street in NYC to consult with Dr. Scarpidis about my hands. He agreed that the HALO laser could be beneficial.
As with all the other HALO treatments I’ve had, numbing cream was applied to my hands for about half an hour prior to the treatment.
You can use this time to relax, but I spent the time on social media posting photos of my goopy hands!
Dr. Ulysses Scarapidis is a highly skilled plastic surgeon with the kind of reassuring and friendly manner that would put anyone at ease.
I was allowed to watch the laser as he worked (wearing protective glasses, of course).
As with previous treatments, the procedure was nearly painless. It was completed within 15-20 minutes.
Post-treatment, Dr, Scarpidis’ assistant Melissa applied cold packs and then some SPF, and I was done!
After the HALO Treatment:
While the treatment itself is quick, easy and painless, there has to be a healing process.
That takes some time and patience.
The most important thing is to keep your skin moisturized and protected with sunblock at all times.
My post-treatment routine consisted of three products that are exclusive to Dr. Scarpidis from Ulysses Skincare: A gentle cleanser, Hydra Revive moisturizer, and his excellent SPF 50 sunblock (the sheer tint was also helping in covering redness and brown spots during healing).
Gentle Cleanser, Hydra Revive moisturizer, and an excellent SPF 50 sunblock (the sheer tint was also helping in covering redness and brown spots during healing).
The first few days my hands just looked red, but in a few days, I was shocked by the large amount of “microscopic epidermal necrotic debris” (to quote Jeremy, the Sciton rep) sprouting out of both my hands and wrists.
This was a lot more obvious on my hands than on my face or decollete. but you can’t really cover up healing HALO skin because it’s rough and bumpy (not to mention a bit itchy).
I knew that this showed that my skin was healing and was going to look great, but I hoped it would stop -quickly!
Healing? How Long?
After a week the brown spots were still sprouting with a vengeance.
You can’t exfoliate or scrub away the dead skin. It has to slough off naturally.
Remember what I said about patience? I was warned it would take longer for my hands to heal, than my face or decollete, and it did (about 11 days total).
Everyone’s skin is different. Your healing time will be different from mine.
The average is 5 days for the face.
Shocking! Before & After HALO
But the wait for better, younger, healthier skin on my hands was well worth it.
Look at the “Before” and “After” photos above…they are completely un-retouched.
My skin looks so much better! but more importantly, HALO has made my skin safer from potential skin cancers, as well.
Now, I have to keep my hands protected (with SPF) at all times so they stay as nice as they look in the completely unretouched AFTER photo!
If you are thinking about having a laser treatment, or more specifically a HALO laser treatment, feel free to ask me any questions you might have.
If you are in NYC or planning to visit, I highly recommend Dr. Scarpidis for this procedure and many others that Scarpidis Aesthetics offers. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Scarpidis at (212) 951-0505
For more information on the HALO laser visit the Sciton website