Everything You Need to Know About the Halo Laser Treatment and BBL (BroadBand Light)
Let's face it, when we were kids in the 70s and 80s, sunscreen was around but no one really cared if you were lathered up or not. I remember numerous sunburns as a child. I also remember using baby oil as a teen to layout and get a nice brown tan. Dang, what I wouldn't do to go back and tell my teenage self about sun damage! I'd heard about the Halo by Sciton Laser but wasn't sure I would ever go cosmetic procedures just for the sake of doing them. I went with my friend Carol from LifeSheHas.com a few months back to learn about what the Halo can do for reversing sun damage.
Is Halo Laser Treatment Worth It? I want to share my experience with Halo by Sciton and BBL. I partnered with Robin Prusse, RN and Dr. Bohley in their Portland office to talk options for reversing the years of sun damage on my skin. And I'm so glad that I did.
What is Halo?
Halo by Sciton is the first and only hybrid fractional laser that effectively delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to particular treatment areas while offering maximum results and reduced downtime. This unique system allows Halo to provide separate treatments for the top layer of skin, which heals relatively quickly, and the dermis (deep levels of skin), which improves slowly over time.
Halo combines versatility and tenability for the ultimate choice in customizable treatments. After a few treatments of Halo, patients can see an improvement in many skin concerns, including uneven skin tone, sun damage, visible signs of aging, discoloration, and enlarged pores.
What is BBL?
BBL™ BroadBand Light therapy, also known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or the photo facial, uses cutting edge technology to produce younger looking skin that's firmer, and more even in tone and texture. With little recovery time and no surgery, BBL™ offers a safe, FDA-cleared option for sun damage, anti-aging, and skin rejuvenation.
Commonly Treated Conditions:
- Pigmented Lesions (e.g., freckles, age spots)
- Vascular Lesions (e.g., small blood vessels)
- Skin Firmness
- Uneven Skin Texture
The consultation included a 3D image with the Vectra to show alllllll of the pores on my face. And crevices I didn't know existed. Robin and Dr. Bohley talked all about my face and where my strengths and weaknesses were so I could think about what I might want to do, including my amazing eyebrow arches, age spots, as well as a lifetime of lateral brow movement and dyschromia. It's funny, I have a little scar on my chin from eating pavement during a roller hockey session in college. You can barely notice it but it's huge on the 3D composite. I think I have a scar complex now.
I decided on a little Botox and lip injections and the Halo by with Sciton BBL for the dyschromia and age spots.
On the day of the procedure, Carol and I live streamed the event on our Facebook channels (you can watch the whole thing!). We start with clean faces (no make-up) and then get a coat of lidocaine to help numb the area a bit.
The procedure doesn't really hurt, but it felt like little snaps or stings, like tons of mosquito bites. It took about 20–30 minutes total for both lasers and then a few minutes with ice pack to make sure I didn't react. Once that was done, I was ready to roll. Ice packs on and off and ibuprofen for swelling, antihistamine for histamine reaction.
About 30 minutes after the procedure, my face burned. Crazy burned. Robin wasn't kidding when she said we'd want the ice packs. It felt worse than the most horrific sunburn I've ever had. But a couple of hours later that was gone.
The next few days my directive was to lather and stay moisturized with Aquaphor and Cetaphil moisturizer and wash with Cetaphil. Easy enough. Here are some photos of the healing process. About a week later I was healed.
Within a couple of weeks, you could see the collagen start to boost and within a month I looked easily 10 years younger. Winning. So easy. Barely painful. I would do this again in a heartbeat. I absolutely think the Halo laser treatment is worth it.
How Much does Halo Cost?
Treatments for Halo Laser run anywhere between $500 and $1500 based on your needs. You can find out more by setting up a free consultation with Robin Prusse, RN and Dr. Bohley.