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7 Ways to Prep For HALO!

Posted October 19, 2022 in MedSpa Treatments, Skincare Products, Uncategorized

What is Halo?

HALO is a hybrid fractional laser, which uses both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to target the top-most layer of your skin as well as the deeper tissue underneath the surface. The laser provides a powerful, rejuvenating treatment for patients of all skin tones, and can be used on the face, neck, chest and occasionally the arms, hands, and legs as well. This laser targets surface-level skin concerns caused by sun damage and aging, such as hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and texture. It also stimulates collagen production beneath the skin, which aids in smoother, firmer skin over time. To learn more about HALO, check out our website here.

The following list details several ways to prep for your HALO appointment, to ensure you get the most out of your treatment!

7 Ways to Prepare for your HALO Laser Treatment:

Avoid Sun Exposure & Tanning!

A pair of sunglasses and a sunSun exposure makes the skin more sensitive to heat – using any laser on heat-sensitive skin can lead to hyperpigmentation, burns, and even scarring. Because of this, it is important to limit direct sun exposure for at least two weeks prior to your treatment, and to wear sunscreen every day.

Don’t Wax, Tweeze, or Use Hair Removal Cream

A hand holding wax and a pair of tweezersWaxing, tweezing, or using hair removal cream within your treatment area can all irritate the hair follicles as well as the skin – excess irritation may lead to increased swelling and aggravation after your treatment.

Avoid Salty Foods!

A container of heavily salted french friesFoods high in sodium may increase swelling and other inflammatory responses after your treatment – avoiding these sorts of foods the week before your treatment will aid in the reduction of these responses during your healing time.


A bottle of waterJust like avoiding salty foods, properly hydrating before your appointment will help to reduce inflammation and swelling, and aid in the healing process. Try to increase your hydration for a week or two before your HALO.

 Use Your Procedure Enhancement Kit!

A labeled Alastin Skincare procedure kitWhen you schedule a HALO treatment with one of our estheticians after your in-person consultation, they will provide you with an Alastin Procedure Enhancement Kit. Your esthetician will guide you on how to use the products within the kit, which will both prep your skin for the treatment and maximize your results.

Take Your Anti-Viral Prescription!

A prescription bottle for anti-viral medicationsOne potential side effect of the HALO laser is the recurrence of cold sores after treatment – if you are prone to cold sores, your esthetician will prescribe you an anti-viral medication to reduce the risk of an outbreak.

Make Sure You Are Makeup and Lotion Free!

A fresh, clean, makeup-free faceBecause the HALO laser works by wounding the skin, it is important that your face is clean of any makeup product or lotions before your appointment. When you arrive, your esthetician will cleanse your face with an alcohol pad prior to your treatment, but it will make better use of your time together and reduce the chance of any possible contamination or infection if you arrive with an already-fresh face.

Using these tips in the weeks leading up to your HALO appointment will help maximize the results and properly prepare you for treatment. If you are interested in HALO, please give our office a call! We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, or get you set up for a consultation with one of our estheticians. If you are interested in seeing what else our MedSpa has to offer you, click here.

Wake Plastic Surgery and Dr. Stoeckel serves Cary, Raleigh, Apex, and surrounding areas in North Carolina.