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Halo Post-Procedure Instructions

Everything You Need To Know After Your Treatment

You’ve just completed your Halo session and you’re likely excited for the incredible results that await. This page is dedicated to answering the questions you have as you recover from your most reason laser treatment while showing you what you can do today to further enhance and protect your results.

What You Should Have At Home To Aid In Recovery:


  • A cold compress or ice packs
  • The provided skincare kit
  • Water with electrolytes
  • A comfortable hat and/or clothing that covers the treated area when sun exposure is necessary

It Is Completely Normal To Experience The Following:


  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tightness
  • Peeling & flaking
  • Itchiness
  • Pinpoint bleeding
  • Acne breakouts or “purging” of the skin (up to 3 weeks after treatment)
  • Bronzing as the skin begins to heal (around days two – three)

These symptoms usually peak in two to three days and resolve independently within a week. Redness is common in the first five days, and is most intense on the day of treatment. Those with a history of cold sores may react due to the inflammatory response; notify our office if you experience a cold sore so we may prescribe an antiviral medication.

OTC Medications That Are Safe To Use After Treatment

If necessary, you may take an oral pain medication — preferably Ibuprofen. If itching persists and becomes intolerable, we recommend Benadryl. For increased swelling, we recommend calling our office for a 2-day course of an oral steroid.

What We Recommend To Alleviate Discomfort

The Alastin Soothe + Protect Recovery Balm

Includes Physalis Angulata Extract that helps improve the appearance of skin following a procedure.

Alastin Ultra Light Moisturizer

Helps restore and promote an optimal environment to improve the appearance of skin following a cosmetic treatment.

Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar

Calms post-procedure skin and helps reduce recovery time with Arnica, Phytoene, Phytofluene, and Narigenin with Panthenyl Triacetate.

Tatjana Ultra-Gentle Cleanser

Our ultra-gentle cleanser is part of our in-house skincare line of products.

Morning Routine


  • Cleanse — Tatjana’s Gentle Cleanser
  • Apply — Alastin Skin Nectar
  • Apply — Mineral SPF
  • Apply — Alastin Soothe + Protect Recovery Balm (as needed)

Nighttime Routine


  • Cleanse — Tatjana’s Gentle Cleanser
  • Apply — Alastin Skin Nectar
  • Apply — Alastin Moisturizer
  • Apply — Alastin Soothe + Protect Recovery Balm (as needed)
What you should avoid after Halo treatment

What You Should Avoid After Your Treatment


  • Strictly avoid any sun exposure to the treated area for a minimum of 14 days after the procedure
  • Do not pick, peel, scratch or exfoliate the skin
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise and unnecessary sweating until the skin has fully healed
  • Abstain from alcohol for 48 hours after your treatment (alcohol dries the skin, thins the blood and can prolong or further complicate the healing process)

You can resume your regular skincare routine after the post-Halo facial (around day seven – ten) and once cleared by our aesthetician.

Everything You Should Do After Your Treatment


  • Apply the provided moisturizer
  • Stay hydrated for optimal skin healing
  • Use a cold compress and/or water sprays to help alleviate redness and swelling if needed
  • Showering is OK. For the first few days, the best practice is to shower with the back of the head to the water to avoid direct contact with the water stream and prevent shampoo runoff from touching the treated area
  • Wash your face the evening of the treatment and use the provided skincare products as directed
  • Attend scheduled follow-up appointments or additional treatments — this includes a post-treatment facial that may be scheduled seven to 10 days after the initial session
  • Wait two weeks before scheduling a Filler appointment

Sun Protection Is Critical To Ideal Results

Daily sunscreen use is a must after Halo laser treatments; use the Alastin sunscreen provided in the post-Halo skincare kit. Apply sunscreen 15 – 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours. Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 months after treatment. Wear a hat and/or protective clothing when avoiding the sun is not possible.

what to do after halo treatment

Contact Us Immediately If You Are Experiencing Any Of The Following Unusual Symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Blistering
  • Excessive swelling
  • Signs of infection (foul smell, increased pain, pus and/or fever)

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