Category: Aging Skin

HALO Laser Treatment - Say “HALO” to Younger Skin

HALO Laser Treatment – Say “HALO” to Younger Skin

Sun spots, redness, fine lines, brown spots, or pigmentation issues… whatever it is, it’s not how it used to be, and it can leave you feeling like your skin is aging faster than it should. 

HALO is for those who love the sun, but don’t love sun damage. Here in Hampton Roads we love a dose of sunshine, whether we’re enjoying the beach or sitting poolside. 

Today we all know to wear our sunscreen and stay in the shade – but unfortunately that can’t undo the damage caused by sun exposure from playing outside as a kid and tanning as a young adult. (In fact, 23% of all damage to our skin happens before we turn 18.) 

So how do we undo that damage?


Yep, lasers. It’s our favorite way to address UV damage, reduce sun spots and fine lines, and leave patients with a glowing complexion. Here’s why you will love it just as much as we do: 

  1. Only a few days of “down time” before you see beautiful results
  2. Crazy good results that can dial back the clock as many as 3-5 years
  3. Continuous improvement for 4-6 months after treatment… because HALO reminds your skin how to do what it did in your 20s: repair itself and produce collagen.

And, we can’t leave out the most important benefit – this treatment can eliminate some of the most common precancer, actinic keratoses, that is likely to turn into non-melanoma skin cancer. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, so this is one of the most important benefits. (More on the research here.) 

Wait, what is the HALO Laser Treatment anyway?

HALO is the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment designed to help restore your skin’s natural glow and younger-looking skin with less downtime than other laser treatments. Because it’s so precise, HALO can reduce – and even reverse – years of skin damage.

HALO is an incredible tool combining an ablative laser with a non-ablative laser that allows us to treat sun damage, deep pigmentation, superficial texturing, fine lines, and even scars.

Said Carrie Labert, Physician Assistant at Dermacare: 

“Fractional lasers give beautiful results, and HALO is my absolute favorite. A week out you’ll look nice. A month out you’ll look great. And 2, 4, 6 months out you’ll look even better! HALO gives your skin a gorgeous, youthful luminosity.”

The ablative laser is the equivalent of aerating a lawn, while the non-ablative laser tells your body to amp up its production of collagen and elastin, which minimizes wrinkles trying to wrangle their way to the surface. In just a week after treatment your skin is glowing like you got airbrushed in real life. (Ah, the joys of getting carded when you have kids old enough to drink!) 

Results after a single HALO treatment include a decrease in sun damage and uneven skin tone, with an improvement in visible signs of aging, including: 

  1. Fine lines
  2. Reduced wrinkles
  3. Smaller pores 
  4. Smoothed texture
  5. Firmer skin  

How to See if HALO is Right for You

If you have any of the following skin concerns, then HALO may be a good fit for you:

  • A good number of sun spots 
  • Sun-induced freckling
  • Dull or crepey texture
  • Some fine lines

If you’re still not sure, you can schedule a free virtual consultation. Simply fill out our 30-second telehealth consultation form, and one of our Patient Coordinators will follow up with you to schedule your telehealth video appointment.

Prepping for a HALO treatment

How do you prep for a HALO laser treatment? Be easy on your face. You want your skin to be in the best shape possible before coming in for this treatment, which means soothing it with moisturizer and sunscreen and skipping out on exfoliation or facial peels.

We love to help you prepare with a light chemical peel, SaltFacial or BBL FotoFacial treatment 2 weeks before HALO.  

We recommend – 

  • Avoid ALL significant sun exposure within the 3 weeks prior to your treatment (significant exposure within the 3 weeks before treatment may make you temporarily ineligible for the treatment)
  • Using sunscreen every time you leave the house
  • Applying your deepest lotion twice a day for 30 days prior to your treatment

Ready to Glow? 

HALO Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment is one of our most popular services and is now part of our ForeverYoung membership. ForeverYoung members can trade four of their regular laser treatments for the potent power of HALO. 

Something we consistently hear from our patients is how once you try HALO, you’re a believer for life. Be sure to make it a yearly “you day” for gorgeous skin for your future self. You can request a free consultation here, book your HALO Treatment appointment, or call us at 757-317-3748. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

MedSpas offer a variety of treatments and products designed and clinically proven to improve many skin conditions. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we are a MedSpa equipped to treat acne, rosacea, dry or dehydrated skin, sun damage, pigmentation issues, and fine lines and wrinkles. Our treatments can cosmetically improve your skin and make you look younger, but they’re far more than just cosmetic. MedSpa treatments can improve skin health.

MedSpa vs. Day Spa

MedSpas are set apart from day spa treatments by technology. Dermacare is unique thanks to the variety of lasers and light-based treatments that we offer and how they can improve the overall skin health. We carry advanced technologies, such as lasers, fillers, Botox, and medical-grade skincare products.

One of the many lasers we offer is the Sciton Forever Young BBL. It’s a revolutionary laser system that targets skin imperfections at a cellular level. It can improve skin health and provides major short-term and long-term benefits.

#1: Treatment of Common Skin Concerns

Who doesn’t like accomplishing two things at once, especially when it’s effortless? That’s what MedSpa treatments like Forever Young BBL can do for you.

Not only can Forever Young repair damaged skin, but it can also offer age-defying benefits. The broadband light treatment safely and precisely treats numerous skin conditions, and it doesn’t matter where the skin is affected. Forever Young can be used anywhere on the body to treat common skin conditioning including:

  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Facial veins

#2: Anti-Aging Benefits

The Forever Young treatment specifically targets skin cells and alters the expression of the genes associated with the aging process to closely mimic the look and feel of younger skin. But that’s not the only treatment we offer with anti-aging benefits. Almost all of our services contribute to skin rejuvenation in different ways.

Your skin’s health – everything from its immune system to the amount of damage it has endured over the years – shows. MedSpa treatments are not merely cosmetic because the most ideal results and anti-aging benefits are achieved by improving and maintaining skin health.

#3: Anywhere, Anytime

Forever Young BBL is effective on all body areas, and it’s not the only treatment capable of generating results. It’s often used to treat the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. A consultation with one of our specialists is necessary to determine your candidacy for this procedure. During your consultation, we’ll assess your goals and recommend the best treatments for achieving them.

#4: No Surgery, No Downtime

Most of our MedSpa treatments are non-invasive and require limited to no downtime. In most cases, our patients can carry on with their daily activities after most procedures.

#5: Long-Lasting Results

Further studies conclude that patients with regular Forever Young BBL treatments see long-lasting results. These studies also include patients who were treated more than 10 years ago!

Each of our treatments generates lasting results in various ways, but much of the success of maintaining visible improvements with MedSpa treatments depends on consistent and correct skincare at home. Your esthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin and advise you on how to maintain your results between visits.

Let’s talk skincare! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

When it comes to who should get a deep cleansing facial, the answer is YOU, and everyone you know – man or woman, young or old. A great daily skincare routine is vital to maintaining healthy, fresh-looking skin, but turning the reigns over to a professional and getting a facial treatment should also be a staple of your skincare routine. Skincare professionals recommend having a deep cleansing facial at least once a month or every 4-6 weeks.

But why get a deep cleansing facial? And why should you go for them so regularly?

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

Why Deep Cleansing Facials Rock

A deep cleansing facial or DCF is the most common treatment performed by estheticians. It’s a great way for your provider to gain a good understanding of your skin before recommending more or different treatments (if needed). A deep cleansing facial includes:

  • Skin analysis
  • Makeup removal
  • Skin cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Steaming
  • Extractions
  • Treatment mask
  • Serum/moisturizer
  • Broad spectrum sun protection

Deep cleansing facials are a multi-step skin treatment that can include exfoliation, face masks, cleansing, a facial massage, steam, and a variety of creams and lotions. There are a variety of facials that are chosen depending on your specific skin issues and skin type. Some are good for skin-firming, others are great for removing dead skin and revealing a fresh layer, and still others focus on solving a particular skin condition or treating problem areas. Your esthetician will recommend a DCF frequency based on your skin analysis. While it’s standard to recommend a facial every 4-6 weeks, your esthetician may recommend a different schedule based on your individual skin needs or concerns.

In many cases, multiple treatments are needed to accomplish the desired skin care goals. Generally, a series of deep cleaning facials, as well as a daily skincare regimen designed for your skin type, is recommended for producing ideal results.

Here are five reasons you should be getting a deep cleansing facial regularly.

#1: It’s Great for Everyone

Almost any skin type or skin condition can receive (and benefit) from a deep cleansing facial. Everyone – no matter their skin – can benefit from expert exfoliation of dead skin cell debris plus blackhead and whitehead extraction. But wait! There’s more…

#2: Professional Exfoliation and Extraction

A DCF is a great way to let a professional work their skin rejuvenation magic. During a facial, the exfoliation, extraction, steam, and mask application help refresh and renew the skin on a level you just can’t achieve at home. The result is a healthy, radiant glow that will stand out in the long run as your skin is consistently cared for and restored.

#3: Deep Cleansing

Just as the name indicates, a deep cleaning facial provides DEEP cleaning. This cleansing helps rid the skin of unwanted buildup of oil, toxins, dirt, bacteria, and all skin cell debris – all of which contribute to unwanted skin conditions like acne and premature aging.

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

#4: Stress Relief and Self-Care

Self-care cannot be undervalued in the high-stress environment we live in. It’s important to find ways to relieve stress and what better way than some spa time? The massage that comes with a DCF and the peaceful, relaxed environment at Dermacare of Hampton Roads fit the bill. And just think, you have a reason to treat yourself monthly because facials should be a reoccurring event in your skincare routine.

Did we mention we have a membership program to save you money on some pampering? Check it out here.

#5: Promote Youthfulness and Skin Health

Facial treatments can prevent visible signs of aging and increase skin health. They hydrate the skin and increase blood circulation. They also improve your skin’s absorption abilities, which means the products you use to keep your skin young and healthy will be better absorbed following a facial.


Treat yourself! Contact us today to schedule your very own deep cleansing facial.

Image Skin Care

Simply Skin Care: A Look at Image Skincare

Image Skincare is a collection of clinically proven skincare products. Its lines are powered by safe, active ingredients and smart botanicals.

The Story Behind Image Skincare

In 2003, the Image Skincare brand was born. The products were created by an aesthetician and formulated by a plastic surgeon. This partnership of experts know skin inside and out.

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Treat Uneven Skin Tones During Cooler Weather

Cooler Weather Is the Perfect Time to Treat Uneven Skin Tones

Summer is always a highlight. It’s when the kids are on break and families plan fun vacations and trips. But the summer sun can take a toll on your skin. Sun can damage your skin and cause uneven skin tones and discoloration that become more visible as you age. The colder winter months can rapidly become an additional yearly highlight because they are the perfect time to treat uneven skin tones and correct unwanted discoloration.

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Dermacare Membership

A New You With a Dermacare Membership

New Year, new you. Are you ready to make your New Year awesome? There’s no better time than the present to plan for greatness. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we have some membership plans that can help you find new confidence and support your best skin care routine.

Why Invest in a Membership?

Skin care isn’t a one-and-done task. Healthy skin needs regular maintenance along with home care products, which is why investing in a Dermacare Difference membership is so essential.

Monthly skin treatments are important because, as you age, your skin cell turnover rate naturally slows, leaving you with dull and blah-looking skin. The process of shedding the skin is called desquamation. Monthly treatments force skin cell turnover through exfoliation, which is especially important to skin prone to acne.

Dermacare Difference Membership

Are you new to skin care and esthetics? Maybe you’re looking to improve your skin on a conservative budget or want to see what a laser and skin care clinic can do for you. Our Dermacare Difference Membership is great for people just like you.

The Dermacare Difference Membership is affordable and full of value. It provides a monthly aesthetic service, which is your choice of a light chemical peel, dermaplanning exfoliation treatment, microdermabrasion, or a deep cleansing facial. These services are priced at $150, but the membership costs you just $119!

In addition to the discounted monthly service, as a Dermacare Difference member, you will receive discounts on our medical-grade skin care products, laser treatments, dermal fillers, and Botox. Your skin care routine is a major factor in your skin’s appearance, and these additional discounts will help you create the best routine to achieve your best results.

Dermacare Difference Forever Young Membership

If have regularly been a skin care and esthetics patient, you may already know the value of clinical treatments. Even if you are new to aesthetics, you may be ready to take a more aggressive approach to maintaining youthful skin. Maybe you’re ready to incorporate monthly laser treatments or take the next step in your best skin care routine. You need the Dermacare Difference Forever Young membership.

The Forever Young membership provides affordable access to several different types of laser treatments. In addition to the monthly aesthetic service and larger discounts on skin care products and Botox/fillers, it incorporates four Forever Young BBL treatments and eight other laser and light treatments for 30 minutes each. These are valued at over $400 each. Not only is this membership a huge savings, but it’s also customizable, making it easy to work with your provider to create an individual treatment plan designed to achieve your skin goals.

Dermacare Difference Acne Membership

Do you have acne? Maybe you’ve tried topical and oral antibiotics and seen little to no improvement. You’ve probably used over-the-counter acne products and seen inconsistent or limited results. You might have struggled with products that initially worked but were too harsh and damaged your skin. A MedSpa acne treatment at Dermacare takes a completely different approach — one that can make a huge difference. If you struggle with acne, the Dermacare Difference Acne Program may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Our acne program is a step above the rest because of our multi-pronged treatment approach. We know your skin is unique. During your consultation and initial assessment, Carrie Labert, our physician assistant who has a strong background in medical dermatology, will take an in-depth approach to pinpointing the contributing factors to your acne breakouts. A customized treatment program designed to give you the best skin care routine will be made just for you.

As a laser and skin care clinic, we are on the cutting edge of today’s medical technology. Since opening our doors in May of 2006, we have and continue to make a difference in the lives of people throughout our community and beyond. We can help you improve your health and appearance – two things that dramatically boost wellbeing.

Our Dermacare Difference memberships help keep your best skin care routine affordable and customizable, so your unique needs are best met. It’s a New Year. It’s time for a new you. Let us help revitalize, rejuvenate, and refresh your skin.

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