What is Halo?
Halo is a new, highly advanced laser treatment that can dramatically improve dull, sun-damaged, tired-looking skin without the downtime associated with traditional laser skin resurfacing. The first of its kind, Halo is a hybrid fractional laser that simultaneously delivers ablative and non-ablative energy to the skin. The ablative wavelength precisely eliminates damaged skin at the surface while the non-ablative wavelength penetrates deeper to selectively target underlying pigment and stimulate new collagen production. Your skin concerns and treatment goals are unique to you and so is your Halo treatment. With an unprecedented degree of control, Dr. Bentz is able to fully customize treatment parameters for the downtime you have available and the results you desire.
What skin conditions can Halo treat?
Halo’s independent tunable settings enable Dr. Bentz to fine-tune treatment parameters to effectively target and treat a wide variety of skin conditions in patients of different skin types.
Halo can be used to significantly improve:
- Hyperpigmentation, including sun damage, age spots, freckles, and melasma
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull or uneven skin tone
- Large pores and rough texture
- Acne scarring
How does the Halo fractional laser work?
The Sciton Halo is a hybrid fractional laser, which means it simultaneously emits two types of laser light to fractionally resurface the skin. As the treatment handpiece is rolled across the skin in a back and forth motion, Halo rapidly fires sequential pulses of ablative and non-ablative laser energy. These pulses remove layers of damage and leave behind microscopic thermal injuries that jumpstart the body’s regenerative processes, leading to smoother, brighter, and younger-looking skin.
To fully understand how Halo works, it’s important to first understand the difference been ablative and non-ablative lasers.
Ablative lasers remove the damaged outer layers of skin, allowing new, healthy skin to grow in its place. As the laser beam passes over the skin, it is instantly absorbed by the water in our skin cells, leading to their immediate vaporization. Ablative laser treatments can offer significant improvement in wrinkles, scars, and sun damage in as little as one treatment; however, this often comes at the cost of downtime that can range from a few days to several months.
Non-ablative lasers leave the skin’s surface intact while directing energy to a precise depth below the surface. This means non-ablative lasers can travel much deeper than ablative wavelengths and target pigment and other skin conditions that reside in the deepest dermal layers. As the laser energy passes through the skin to a preset depth, it rapidly heats the water and hemoglobin in the skin cells without causing the water in those cells to vaporize. This process of selective heating creates microscopic columns of injured tissue that initiate the process of new collagen production. Non-ablative laser treatments are also associated with less overall downtime, though a series of treatments is often required to reach results similar to ablative treatments.
With the Halo, Dr. Bentz can now offer patients the best of both worlds, achieving ablative fractional results with non-ablative downtime. This allows her patients to reach their aesthetic goals in fewer treatments, in greater comfort, and with the option to resume normal activities the very next day.
What should I expect before, during, and after my Halo Treatment?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Bentz will listen to your concerns and treatment goals and answer any questions you may have. After a brief skin exam and a complimentary Visia complexion analysis, Dr. Bentz will discuss your treatment options and build a personalized treatment plan based on your specific and individualized needs.
Dr. Bentz understands that some patients have a history of pre-treatment anxiety or low pain tolerance. As a board certified Anesthesiologist, she is able to offer pre-treatment medication and specialized anesthetic options, such as nerve blocks and light sedation, to ensure maximum treatment comfort to patients who desire it.
On the day of your procedure, you will be asked to arrive at our office 1 – 1.5 hours prior to your treatment to allow sufficient time for a topical anesthetic to be applied and begin working.
The treatment typically takes 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the number and size of the areas being treated. Once the skin is fully numb, the treatment is virtually painless. To further enhance your comfort, the Halo’s integrated cooling tip blows a continuous stream of chilled air over the skin, minimizing the feeling of warmth that can accumulate in the tissue during treatment.
Following your procedure, Dr. Bentz will apply Cicalfate Restorative Cream to keep the skin moist and help speed recovery. Most patients can resume their normal daily activities, including the use of makeup, as soon as 24 hours after treatment. As the skin heals, it will appear softer and smoother and take on a rosy glow, as collagen production continues for several months. The results of your Halo treatment will provide both immediate and long-lasting benefits that can be maintained and further enhanced with subsequent Halo treatments combined with Forever Young BBL.