HALO glow

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I usually pass on laser treatments – and I have been offered many in my career as a beauty editor.


My philosophy of skincare was formed years ago and has served me well.

I use gallons of sunblock, wash my face frequently with gentle cleanser, and am very much minimalist otherwise.

Don’t get me wrong; I love the new minimally invasive treatments that help keep the skin looking fresh.

I don’t like anything extreme. I don’t like the way it looks or feels. That’s why the HALO treatment was so appealing.

I like the idea of a gentle treatment to make skin healthier.

HALO, by Sciton is the world’s first hybrid laser combining two different wavelengths,


targeting both the epidermis and dermis, while addressing multiple aging skin issues.

Right: HALO before and after.  Left you can see the “bronzing or little MENDS”

and in the next photo you see her fresh pink skin. The improvement continues over months.

HALO improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, brown spots, sun damage, skin texture,

 and it even stimulates new collagen.

The” FDA-cleared hybrid” laser treatment combines two different wavelengths to simultaneously

target both the top and bottom layers of the skin.

I have always slathered my fair skin in sun block and avoided the sun most of my life,

so my sun damage is minimal. But the idea of added glow was irresistible,

especially with a treatment that wouldn’t burn my face off. So, I decided I couldn’t pass on the opportunity try it.

I visited Dr. Kristina Price and Judy Paredes, LME Licensed Laser and Medical Esthetician for my “HALO glow”.

Dr. Price is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Oculoplastics.

She is also the Medical Director of OPAL Aesthetics.

Before she started my treatment Judy explained she would use a topical anesthetic

 to minimize discomfort during the treatment, but I would be red for a few hours.

HALO treats surface imperfections while stimulating new collagen underneath the skin.

The treatment can be adjusted according to each patient’s needs.

After talking to Dr. Price and Judy I decide to have a very light treatment.

Halo treatments can be “customized” for each patient.

You can choose to have “one or two more aggressive treatments or have multiple treatments

 that are less aggressive and achieve a similar goal over a longer period of time” – as the HALO website


My skin is very sensitive. It tends to over react but it also responds very well, as long as it treated gently.

 I was very happy that Dr. Price understood when I told her how my skin reacts.

The treatment stings a little but it is not painful. I didn’t bother to fill the pain medication prescription.

Right after the treatment I was beet red for about an hour. I was quite pink overnight,

which was a bit longer than most people but normal for me.

The next day I was not too swollen, thanks to the medication from Dr. Price, but I was still very pink and stingy.

Applying cold water and the moisturizer Judy gave me worked to soothe my skin. I was fine.

The next day I could see the little spots (MENDS) or “bronzing” starting.

Bronzing is what they call the formation of little brown spots of skin damage that slough off.

It is a very weird feeling if you have always had super smooth skin. MENDs or microscopic

epithelial necrotic debris are the dead damaged skin cells that are being replaced by new collagen.

I just kept applying the special moisturizer and water. After the initial bright pink flush my skin didn’t ever look too weird

or awful but it did feel rough for a few days as the spots gradually wore off. You can’t rub at them.

Judy also gave me special makeup. Most people can wear makeup the next day. I waited until the third day.

My face looked fine with makeup – maybe a little dry.

By day five my skin was perfectly smooth. Any little spots of pigment were gone – Halo even lightened two beauty marks.

Here is a photo of my HALO glow.

Even my” light treatment” left my skin smooth and glowing.

The results are permanent but you will need to apply sun screen all the time — and nothing keeps lines at bay forever.

Some patients may need two treatments or more treatments. That is the thing that makes HALO so special

– your doctor can adjust just for you and your skin.

If you have sun damage, hyperpigmentation and even hard to treat Melasma HALO

maybe exactly what you need to obtain a smooth, clear, luminous complexion.

Be sure to have your laser treatment supervised by a doctor. Laser treatments can be fabulous,

but they can also dangerous in the hands of untrained operators.

Make sure you have a doctor who listens to you and understands your goals and concerns.

A doctor who is well-trained and with whom you have good chemistry makes all the difference.

This treatment has very little down time, but it is important to know your skin and be very clear about your preferences.

I am very picky about my skin and hyper-sensitive so I planned to be at home for several days.

The HALO glow is fabulous. A single treatment is about the cost of four or five spa facials but the results are dramatic and lasting. 

So if you have facials but still have age spots, fine lines, or just want a little more glow — maybe you should consider HALO










Bikini ready

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I love lotions and potions. They smooth, soften, and smell delicious. Without a doubt the right ones can work wonders to keep skin looking fresh and clear. But some beauty issues won’t budge without professional help. But for some beauty problems nothing can compare to the new laser treatments offered at your doctor’s office. These treatments can tone, tighten, and brighten. The best part is there is little or no down time for most of them and the results can be fabulous. 

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Here are a few you may want to try:


 UltraShape melts away little tummy bulges that just don’t move, even with diet and exercise. It is FDA cleared and non-invasive. The average loss of inches is 1.3 to 2.5 inches. We think that is a lot from a painless treatment. The company describes it as “pulsed focused ultrasound energy precisely and non-thermally targeting subcutaneous fat, while keeping the surrounding tissue, blood vessels, nerves and muscles intact.”  And it is fast. The company reports, “Patients may drop up to two sizes in just three 45-minute sessions, with some visible results seen as early as two weeks.” So if you have to get rid of a little tummy for a vacation or special occasion, this might be your treatment. We keep hearing great things about it.


Ultherapy lifts the eyebrow, neck under-chin and décolletage using sound. You may have heard that treatments are a little painful. It is stingy but most offices use numbing cream. The results vary but the skin tightening can be impressive. I had recently Ultherapy to rejuvenate a small area on my thigh. This is not standard Ultherapy treatment but the result was impressive after only one session.  With Ultherapy the final results can take months to emerge and vary from person to person.


Profound is a new treatment that can be used alone or with other minimally-invasive treatments like Botox and fillers to help maintain a youthful appearance without surgery.  The company says. “It is the first device clinically proven to stimulate three skin fundamentals – elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.”


PicoWay is the newest and may be easiest way to get rid of unwanted tattoos. The new dual-wave laser delivers ultra-short pulses of energy. Pico Way’s creators say, “It delivers a photo-mechanical impact that breaks tattoo ink or pigmentation into tinier, more easily eliminated particles. The end result is a faster, more effective treatment experience with better clearance on the widest range of ink colors and types.” They report, “Results can be seen after just three to four treatments, as opposed to six to twelve sessions with other systems.”


There new treatments are impressive. There results can be impressive in the hands of a good doctor and a trained clinician. Many doctors have a trained staff member who operates the laser. How successful your treatment will be will depend a lot on your expectations and your doctor’s knowledge. A doctor needs to be able to match the treatment to the patient and it is more complex than it sounds. To get a desired result, it is often necessary to mix and match treatments. Botox, fillers, and other things may be mixed with the treatment to attain the desired result.


The best way to find a doctor is from a personal recommendation from a friend. If you can find a friend who is willing to share her secrets — reading online reviews can be helpful, but be sure to read many, not just one or two. Have a consultation. You want a doctor who clearly explains the procedure and what it can do for you.  They should be able to show you before and after photos of their own patients.  And you want expense ask how many times they have performed the treatment. Be clear on the number of treatments you will need, the cost, and how long before you see the results. Be sure to ask who will administer the treatment and ask to meet them. This is important. It is fine to see more than one doctor before deciding, especially for a pricey treatment.