As a young woman who recently entered her mid-twenties, I no longer feel like my skin is invincible. Since starting at American Spa nearly two years ago, I quickly realized that my bad habits of forgetting to remove my makeup, not using enough SPF, or skipping the daily use of face wash are taking a toll on my skin much sooner than I had anticipated. When I heard about the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment, I didn't think I would be a good candidate. Turns out, I had more damage to my skin than I realized, and that I was in fact a great candidate for the treatment, as it would be able to reduce most of my skin damage (since there wasn't all too much of it yet) and it would provide me with a near-clean slate for protecting my skin from future damage.
I visited Mark H. Schwartz, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon on the Upper East Side of New York City to see what my laser options were. He told me more about the Halo treatment and why I would be a good candidate for it. A hybrid fractional laser, Halo uses both ablative (which removes the damaged outer layers of skin, allowing new, healthy skin to grow in its place) and non-ablative (which leave the skin’s surface intact while directing energy to a precise depth below the surface) to provide the skin with a deep cleanse with minimal down time. For me, the laser really targeted my larger pores and sun damage, but for others, the laser can treat wrinkles, scars, hyper-pigmentation, and more.
Check out the Facebook Live video below, moderated by American Spa managing editor Natalie Maneval, to see Dr. Schwartz perform the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser on me. If you have any questions, click the video and leave them in the comments on our Facebook. Be sure to stay tuned for before and after pictures once my skin has fully healed.