I have been anticipating in considering doing a...
I have been anticipating in considering doing a laser treatment for over a year. Based on what I have researched online and local you talking to different positions I thought that Halo would be the best option for me. I have some issues with skin texture sunspots and mild rosacea/redness. I knew the halo could make the redness on my cheeks worse but I'm willing to take a chance to smooth out the Texter. I did a BBL prior that targeted specifically redness so hopefully that will help. Today I am day too and my skin just looks red and a little raw it doesn't hurt. I have a lot of swelling still up around my eyes which is a bit disconcerting but I guess is pretty typical. I have lots of MENDS but not much sloughing.
To say that this procedure doesn't have any downtime I think is very odd to the individual personally I am not leaving the house.
The procedure itself was not too bad. The numbing cream was effective but it did feel very hot. The BBL is like a snapping feeling in the halo is just a prickly feeling that all together not at terrible.
My face felt extremely hot for about an hour to 90 minutes after the procedure. That was expected. I slept elevated that night and my doctor had put me on medication to prevent cold sores and a low dose of prednisone for the swelling which I think helped.
I'm not expecting any miracles but hoping to see some improvement in my skin texture and hopefully over time the redness and sunspots. I just would like to get over this hump and see what it will look like next week!
It's only day two and I'm pretty impatient LOL
I guess any type of resurfacing with lasers is not really for the faint of heart But I was so unhappy with my skin then I thought honestly I had to give it a go otherwise it would just be nagging at me all the time and I'm glad I did. I can now either move on and except what it is or hopefully enjoy improvement
Today is a better day. Still lots of rough texture and MENDS under my eyes are still really swollen and again I have a little bit of bruising but it's not too bad. I can tell my skin is much tighter and smoother looking already Just now hoping for some improvement in the pigment
well, I wish I had better news. I am not at all happy with the results so far. I do not feel it did much with pigment issues at all and I am more red on my cheeks than before. I also feel the laser left "track marks" on my skin up under my eyes on the tops of my cheeks and on the sides of my face. I hope that heals smooth but for now it is a big bummer. Be careful out there. I will cont to update. However, I know I am a very harsh critic of myself, but I would not consider this worth it at this time at all - I will cont to give it some time however.
Big opinion change very happy....give it time!
I pix taken in bathroom with light on no flash same as before phot bare faced. I am a little over one month out and extremely happy. I went in for a one month fu and pix were taken and I was shocked at the before and after...same light , same bare face, same angles yet way a mother skin and more even tone and color. I really think it is hard to see the big picture day to day but in that manner it was obvious. Everyday I feel my skin gets better and better. My fine lines are nearly gone or so diminished it's not even noticeable and I do not wear any face makeup like I used too with heavy foundation plus concealer etc. I am content to walk out like this with my lashes on and some lipgloss (and massive sunscreen of course)
I just think that some of the effect is more gradual in some people like me but I am super pleased. I got a compliment on my skin this week and was shocked!
While not for everybody I am VERY pleased with the outcome. Doctor, staff and now, my skin. I feel more confident. I will probably do this yearly. I thought maybe another one was needed but this being a class act said he felt my results were so great he would not do another now and wait a year. That is awesome in an industry that can prey on vulnerable people's insecurities. I hope this helps someone!
Had another Halo Yesterday
11 Jan 2017
8 months post
I had my second Halo yesterday with the same clinic. I am super red and very swollen under my eyes as we did a bit more there. With that everything is the same as last time, just more swelling. Will keep track - it was nice to come here and remind myself that what I look like today is NOT much unlike what I did a year ago.
Second time Halo - longer recovery but WORTH IT SO MUCH
15 Jan 2017
8 months post
This halo recovery given it was more "aggressive" 20% ablation and more dense and depth I think - sorry I am not 100% sure on technical - I don't care as I trust my provider who is so knowledgable, kind and conservative - was way MORE to deal with but now at day 5 I am SO HAPPY - this time my TEXTURE is dramactically changed and my skin color so much more even - I shed A LOT and had WAY more MENDS this time and WAY MORE swelling but overall It seems worth it - last time at this point I was discouraged but now I know what to expect and this time around was a better treatment setting for me. Very pleased - and keep in mind my skin was a challenge! - rosacea, melasma, pores, texture, sun damage galore.