What is the Halo Laser?
Halo and Halo Pro are laser procedures that can treat sun damage, acne scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles, as well as pigmentation issues like age spots, sun spots and melasma.
How does it work?
Laser resurfacing works by breaking up areas of texture and pigment and stimulating collagen production. The Halo fractional non-ablative laser treatment uses a 1470nm non-ablative laser to create controlled zones of coagulation to chosen depths into the dermis that stimulates neocollagenesis (new collagen). The Halo PRO laser treatment uses fractionated hybrid and non-ablative laser to create controlled zones of coagulation to chosen depths into the dermis and ablates micro laser channels in the epidermis. The fractionated laser creates tiny columns of thermal injury, called micro-thermal zones, among the unaffected skin. This combination means that the treated skin will sustain less damage and heal faster than other kinds of lasers.
What kind of results can I expect?
Both Halo and Halo Pro stimulate collagen production, improve skin texture and tone, minimize pore size, and reduce the appearance of redness and brown pigmented areas in the skin. They treat sun damage and texture from acne scarring and other scarring. The Halo is typically suggested for those under the age of 40 who are just starting to see signs of aging. The Halo Pro is a more aggressive treatment for more mature skin, and those seeking more collagen stimulation.
How long will the results last?
Halo results are permanent, but do not stop the natural process of aging, or prevent the accumulation of future sun damage, scarring, or uneven pigmentation and texture. Results can be best preserved by a skin care regimen that provides both protection and nourishment. We help our patients customize a post-procedure skin care plan that address their lifestyle and goals.
How many treatments are necessary?
Your provider will discuss your goals and create a treatment plan to best achieve them. In clinical studies, patients saw maximal results after 2 sessions, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Following this period, patients may opt for intermittent maintenance sessions.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Before the procedure begins, a topical numbing gel will be applied to the treatment area. This ensures that you will feel as little discomfort as possible during the procedure. Once the numbing is complete, the gel will be removed, and the treatment area will be cleansed. We provide all patients with eye protection to block the eyes from laser exposure. Your provider will then begin the Halo Laser treatment. The procedure itself typically takes less than 30 minutes. Patient report very mild discomfort during treatment.
How long does recovery take?
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will appear bright red, and feel very warm. We provide ice packs, and often recommend that patients make use of air conditioning on their drive home. Over the coming week, most patients experience some degree of swelling, minor itching, dry skin, and peeling or flaking. You may notice that your skin appears to have a “gridded” or “pixilated” look. Two to four days after treatment, the skin may appear bronzed or darkened. Your provider will give specific instructions about what to expect for your particular treatment and how to minimize side effects.
Throughout recovery, it is important to drink lots of water and use a high-quality moisturizing product to keep your skin hydrated. We often suggest keeping your skin care products in the refrigerator during recovery – the cool products sooth skin and feel great! It is possible to apply make-up immediately after the procedure. During and after recovery, a clinically proven sunscreen is essential.
Is it safe?
The FDA has approved Halo to safely treat a number of issues related to skin tone and texture. It is gentler than some other kinds of laser treatments. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks associated. As a teacher and trainer of other physicians in laser procedures, Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced physician who understands the finer points of laser resurfacing.
What is the difference between the Halo Laser and Fraxel Dual?
Halo, Halo Pro and Fraxel Dual are all resurfacing lasers that can deliver similar textural improvement. The key difference is the wavelength delivered by each laser. Different wavelengths produce different results and are better suited to different skin types and conditions. We are pleased to offer a full range of laser devices so we can select the very best option for your unique skin and goals.
Who is a good candidate?
Because the Halo Laser treats a range of issues related to skin tone and texture, a wide range of patients can benefit. Especially good candidates are those who are bothered by damage from the sun or acne, signs of aging, and other issues of uneven pigmentation or tone. The face, neck, chest and hands are the most commonly treated areas. The Halo Laser can treat most skin types, but those with fair, olive or tan skin often benefit most. As with any procedure, good candidates are those who understand the procedure and post-treatment care, and have a realistic understanding of the results of the treatment.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Since 1994, our team leader Dr. Cox has performed laser resurfacing almost every single day of her practice. Thanks to her extensive experience, Dr. Cox knows which laser treatments, including the Halo Laser, will produce optimal results for each individual patient in her care.
- Dr. Cox has performed thousands of laser resurfacing procedures over twenty years.
- Dr. Cox learned from the best, getting her early training from Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, the inventor of laser resurfacing.
- Today, Dr. Cox trains other physicians in many areas of cosmetic dermatology, including best laser resurfacing practices.
- While she may not have written the book, she has several chapters! Dr. Cox has contributed to several textbooks on laser resurfacing.
- Aesthetic Solutions is a laser center – we have a wide range of devices to treat a full range of aesthetic and dermatologic concerns.
You can feel confident that Dr. Cox will provide the best possible results. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.