The HALO laser is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser and the first to incorporate micro-ablative and non-ablative lasers in a single device and to the same microscopic treatment zones. HALO treatments help patients achieve beautiful, healthy skin including improved pore size, reduction of fine wrinkles and improvements of skin tone and texture in all skin types.
What is HALO™ Hybrid Fractional Laser?
Prior to the development of the hybrid fractional laser (HFL), patients had to choose between an ablative treatment with longer downtime and a non-ablative treatment with no downtime but with far less effectiveness.
An ablative laser is considered the most effective treatment to improve signs of aging by removing the outer layers of damaged skin, triggering the body’s healing mechanism to increase collagen production and reveal healthier tighter skin. The main disadvantage to deep ablative laser treatment is a fairly long recovery period of up to a week or longer.
A non-ablative laser heats the outer layers of the skin but does not remove them resulting in little or no downtime but requiring many treatments to achieve treatment goals.
By combining micro-ablative and non-ablative fractional laser treatments targeting the epidermis and dermis, respectively, at the same time, HALO offers results that are more similar to ablative laser treatments but with very little downtime for the best of both worlds. Most patients experience noticeably improved skin tone and texture after only 1 or 2 treatments. With dual wavelengths each treatment can be customized based on each patient’s unique needs.
HALO™ Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment is beneficial for the following conditions:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Mild acne scars
Photo damage (sun damage)
Uneven skin tone
HALO™ Hybrid Fractional Laser Treatment and Recovery
Depending on areas treated expect your HALO procedure to take an hour or longer including prep time for skin numbing with topical anesthesia and a short skin recovery period of 15 minutes where chilled air and mineral water mist are used to help dissipate heat from the skin and reduce inflammation.
After your HALO laser treatment, a skin cream will be applied. Minor swelling and redness are common but resolve on their own fairly quickly. Your skin may feel warm like a mild sunburn for up to 24 hours. A cold compress may be comforting.
You may look like you have been out in the sun, but you may be able to resume normal activities and work the next day. About two or three days after treatment, you may see very small dark spots and a bronzed appearance to the skin, which is a natural part of the healing process as treated skin gradually sheds and is replaced by new skin. Your skin will likely feel dry with a rough texture at first before it begins to peel. This typically lasts up to one week with the face, but other treatment areas may take up to two weeks to completely peel.
After your skin peels, your skin will have a healthy glow and noticeably improved skin tone. Make sure you wear sunscreen during this healing process, as your skin will be sensitive to the sun.