Three days ago, I had the Halo laser procedure. I am Asian and now have developed tons of MENDs. Will these disappear?
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The MENDS of Halo
"Mends" = great response to Halo Treatment
The 'mends' of Halo are expected, you are getting a great response to the treatment. Mends stands for 'microscopic epithelial necrotic debris’, which is a result of the ablative portion of the laser creating these columns that are absorbed into the dermis that come to the surface. Your skin will look and feel like sandpaper for 5-7 days. Gentle washing of the face ( no picking or scrubbing), followed by Cicalfate cream 9 used in our office helps heal the skin. We also schedule a follow up at 1 month to check progress.
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MENDS post Halo
Based on your description, you are healing as you should, and MENDS is usually an excellent sign 3 days post Halo treatment. Consult with your treating physician as he or she knows the scope of the treatment and the specifics about you.
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HALO and MENDs
It is very common to develop darker colored small spots all over the face around 2-3 days after HALO laser treatment. These are the MENDs that you mention. These will go away over time. In my patients that MENDs have typically disappeared at 5-7 days depending on how aggressive the treatment was that they received. Your skin will feel very dry and rough which is normal. As you shed the MENDs this should reveal new healthy soft skin underneath. Make sure to use sunscreen with an SPF30 or greater after your treatment. In patients with darker skin, which may include yourself, this cannot be emphasized enough to prevent hyperpigmentation after laser treatments. In some cases I recommend pre- and post-treatment regimens with hydroquinone to further decrease the risk of hyperpigmentation in people with darker skin.
MENDs after HALO
Halo laser and pigmentation issues for Asian patients
I assume that you are asking about the texture change and temporary color change associated with the fractional aspect of Halo laser treatment.
After Halo, our patients are generally on a very strict protocol of sun avoidance and an array of topical products used to facilitate the healing process and to prevent hyperpigmentation.
Would suggest calling your physician.
Halo Laser and Pigmentation In Asian Patient
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