Photo by Becca Sabot
I’ll never forget the first time I saw a woman who had a pro-fractional laser treatment. She must’ve been in her 50s (though it’s increasingly hard to tell these days). There she was, shopping for throw pillows at Pottery Barn, with angry red scabs and a thick sheen of Aquaphor across her face. Like it was no big deal. Which I guess it’s not when you consider the benefits of lasers: smaller pores, firmer skin, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and a dramatic reduction of acne scars and discoloration. If you’re willing to put up with unsightly side effects for a week or two, near-flawless skin can be yours. Or, you can jump on the Halo bandwagon.
The highly anticipated, FDA-cleared laser is now available locally at Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Edina, where it has already eclipsed demand for other tried-and-true treatments thanks to its abbreviated downtime. Once I learned that Halo was named for the reflective glow that it gives the skin, I cast my lot.
No stranger to cosmetic lasers, I get my sunspots blasted annually. I’ve also had my neck tightened to ward off a genetically predisposed wattle. None of this prepared me for the shock of Halo.
After numbing up with a topical gel, I spent about 20 minutes as Dr. Elizabeth Hagberg methodically administered hundreds of tiny zaps to my face. These wavelengths deliver microns to both the epidermis and dermis, which in English means Halo heats up and injures the skin on multiples level to treat the surface imperfections and stimulate collagen production.
The procedure itself is prickly, but not painful. The hour afterward, however, left me in the fetal position where I nursed my burning face with cold compresses and a fan. And then it was over.
The heat dissipated and my red face faded over the next few days, replaced with a layer of pixilated, dry skin that flaked off after about a week. There were no scabs, no Aquaphor, and I was able to wear special, oxygenated makeup to tone down any evidence. Most friends and colleagues didn’t even notice, or thought I was wearing bronzer, which I’ve been known to do.
As for the results, I think they speak for themselves. This photo was taken two weeks after my treatment. You can really see my halo, no?
$1,500 per full-face treatment. Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, 6545 France Ave., Edina, 952-920-6545, skinrejuvenationclinic.net