Get Glowing

Three ways to get your best skin

If you’re craving more beautiful skin, the newest and most popular local treatments to help you get it are hybrids—marrying two or more in-office technologies into one device or service. These hardworking tools are all designed to reveal a more glowing complexion, but they get there in different ways.


This procedure pairs fractional microneedling and radio-frequency heat into one device. Microneedling involves tiny needles piercing the skin to wound the dermis, or middle layer of skin, which triggers it to produce more collagen—a fibrous protein that keeps the dermis youthful. Radio frequency firms and tightens skin by delivering energy to the dermis. The result? Pores, scars and fine lines begin to soften immediately, says Laura Madsen, a licensed esthetician at Aestheticare Medspa in Leawood, and you see a gradual smoothing and tightening of the face over the next six to eight months.

What to expect: After numbing cream is applied, the treatment takes 30-45 minutes. Towards the end of that time there can be some mild discomfort—a two or three on a scale of one to ten, says Madsen.

Downtime: One to two days of red, puffy skin and sometimes visible pinpoints from where the needles entered the skin.

Cost: $695 (on average), depending on the area treated.

Where you can get it: Aestheticare Medspa in Leawood.


Two light energies—IPL, or intense pulsed light, and ResurFX, a fractured laser beam—team up to tackle pigment (such as sun damage and broken capillaries), pores, and deflated collagen. Skin is softer, smoother, and brighter almost immediately, says Holly Post, founder of Hollyday Med Spa + Aesthetics in Brookside. Over the next three months—the amount of time it takes the new collagen production to peak—it gradually becomes firmer.

What to expect: The 15-minute IPL procedure is followed by the 30-minute ResurFX. Numbing gel is applied first to dull the sensation of IPL, which feels like a hot rubberband snap, according to Post. ResurFX feels like “tiny prickly shocks.”

Downtime: None from the IPL and 48 hours of redness and swelling from the ResurFX.

Cost: $475 per session or $1500 for four.

Where you can get it: Hollyday Med Spa + Aesthetics in Brookside.

Halo Hybrid Factional Laser

In a single pass, Halo simultaneously delivers two lasers at two different wave lengths—one to the dermis and one to the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. It attacks lines and sun damage for results typically associated with more aggressive lasers—but without the additional downtime that can accompany them. Hannah Vargas,  a board-certified surgeon and owner of Vargas Face and Skin Center in Prairie Village, performs a BBL, or broadband light procedure, first to target pigmentation, which means the treatment combines three tools for more youthful skin.

What to expect: 45-minutes of BBL, an application of numbing cream, and 45-minutes of Halo. BBL, which is similar to IPL, feels like a heated pulse while Halo has a prickly, warm sensation. Vargas takes 3-D photos before the procedure and again at one, three, and six months post-treatment to measure results.

Downtime: Three days of mild redness and possibly minor swelling and flaking.

Cost: $1500 for the Halo and BBL.

Where you can get it: Vargas Face and Skin Center in Prairie Village.