What Should I Avoid Before a Halo® Laser Treatment?

The breakthrough laser skin resurfacing technology used by the Halo hybrid fractional laser has made it one of the most popular treatments at FACES med spa. The versatile treatment is a go-to procedure for people concerned about everything from hyperpigmentation and enlarged pores to rough skin texture and acne scars.

The hybrid nature of the Halo laser’s dual wavelengths means our specialists can customize the intensity of the treatments to fit the needs of each patient and their desired goals. It’s the best of both possible worlds when it comes to effective results and minimal downtime.

To get the most out of your Halo laser treatments, there are a few things to know about what you should do before and after the treatment.

Infographic describing What to do (and not do) before and after a Halo laser treatment. 

Beginning 2 weeks prior to treatment, stay out of the sun and avoid UV exposure from other sources such as tanning booths. 

2 days before, stop using Retin-A, tretinoin, retinol, or any other exfoliating agents.

If you have a history of cold sores, take anti-viral medication 1 day in advance of the treatment. 

Afterwards, don't pick, rub or scratch your skin. Avoid strenuous activity until your skin has healed. Use sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats for protection from the sun, use gentle cleansers and don't exfoliate. Apply cold compresses to help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort.

Results after a Halo laser treatment emerge in 2 phases, beginning within 5 to 7 days as the skin peels and uncovers healthy, radiant skin. Long-term results appear 6 to 8 weeks after the treatment as your skin becomes smoother and enlarged pores shrink.

If you want to learn more about the Halo laser or the other laser and light-based treatments we offer, request a consultation using the online form to meet with one of our specialists or call us at (907) 279-8800 to schedule an appointment.