Do you have skin imperfections you try to hide with makeup? Maybe you have thought about fractional resurfacing or another service to help your skin look better but shy away at the cost or recovery time. At Afzal Clinics, our medspa offers a treatment that has gotten rave reviews across the country and around the world for its effectiveness and quick recovery. Halo\u2122 is an excellent alternative to more traditional skin treatments. What Is Halo\u2122? Traditionally, skin rejuvenation treatments have offered great results with extended downtime or average results with a fast recovery. Halo\u2122 combines the best of both worlds. Patients notice fantastic effects and can be back to their everyday routine within a day or two. Halo\u2122 delivers both ablative (tissue removal) and non-ablative (no tissue removal) light wavelengths to the same treatment area. The laser can be applied to specific depths to encourage new collagen development and improve your skin\u2019s texture. By using two wavelengths, you get optimal results with the least amount of downtime. What Are the Benefits of a Halo\u2122 Treatment? Halo\u2122 treats skin damage that is visible on the surface as well as the deeper, subcutaneous damage you cannot see. The benefits do not stop when you walk out of the door of your doctor\u2019s office\u2014your skin will continue to improve as it heals. What Can Halo\u2122 Treat? Halo\u2122 has become popular because it addresses many different skin issues, including the following: Pigmentation Concerns Age spots, sun spots, moles, and melasma occur when the body produces too much melanin. Halo\u2122 can target pigment cells and destroy them, eliminating uneven pigmentation and providing a more even complexion. Skin Revitalization Aging can bring unwanted changes to the skin in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, rough texture, or a dull tone. Halo\u2122 can remove the outer layers of damaged skin while also stimulating collagen production in the deeper layers to give you skin that looks refreshed and youthful. Scars As a natural part of the body\u2019s healing process, scars may shrink in size or change appearance, but they may not completely disappear. They may also become unwelcome reminders of a past condition or surgery. Halo\u2122 can resurface the skin to reduce the appearance of scars. Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Halo\u2122 Treatment? Your candidacy for treatment with Halo\u2122 will depend on your needs and preferences. Typically, the ideal candidate is in good health, is between 30 and 60 years old, has fair skin, and wishes to address problems with texture, lines, and discoloration. Halo\u2122 treatments are most often performed on the face, though they can also be administered to the hands, neck, chest, or shoulders. What to Expect During and After Treatment Halo\u2122 treatments typically last around 90 minutes. When you arrive for your appointment, a numbing cream will first be applied for your comfort. As the Halo\u2122 handpiece is rolled over your skin, the laser energy causes a thermal reaction that stimulates collagen production and tightens the underlying tissues. The ablative wavelengths will create tiny channels in your skin that trigger the body\u2019s healing response, which increases cell turnover. Most patients report little to no discomfort during or after the procedure. You may notice a warm or prickling sensation, which can last for up to 30 minutes after the treatment. You will be given detailed instructions for the care of your skin after treatment. Proper sun protection is important, especially in the first 24 hours after treatment. After 24 hours, your skin may begin to peel. In two to three days, your skin will be a light bronze color. Around day three or four, your skin will peel more, and you will begin to see your healthy, revitalized skin. You will see the initial results after four or five days. However, your skin will improve as time passes. Many patients report the best results in about three weeks. One of the best parts of Halo\u2122 is how long the effects last. You should notice the benefits for years. However, be sure to always use sun protection to prolong your results. Contact Afzal Clinics If you are interested in a Halo\u2122 or have more questions, call us today at 612-789-8346 to schedule a consultation. We have offices in Plymouth, Fridley, and Edina, MN, for your convenience.