Halo Laser Therapy: Facts and Procedure of Halo Laser Treatment
The Halo Laser is a relatively new hybrid treatment combining an ablative laser and a non-ablative laser to target both the dermis and the epidermis. Thanks to these dual lasers, a healthcare provider can now navigate every millimeter of your skin with the perfect treatment depth for anyone looking for smooth, radiant, younger-looking skin.
Halo Laser Therapy
The Halo laser by Sciton is a high-end skin resurfacing laser. Everyone’s skin is different, and everyone’s needs are different, so having a laser like the Halo by Sciton allows the healthcare provider to target your skin on multiple levels. Halo may be most known for stimulating new collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin look smooth, healthy, and youthful. Other lasers can go too deep or not profound enough, but halo’s unique hybrid fractional laser technology targets skin damage precisely.
The Science Behind the Halo Laser Device
The Halo Laser device uses specific skin mapping and measuring software that allows the device to understand and deliver precise heat delivery. An optical navigational system captures the movement of the handpiece and synchronizes the pulse delivery to the treatment speed. The Halo Laser handheld device can tune the specific size and direction (left or right) to ensure the laser is delivered to the exact area, including edges and linear scars. The dynamic thermal optimization will automatically adjust the power of each pulse according to the patient’s temperature. This feature makes the Halo Laser the safest, most comfortable, and most precise non-ablative technology available today.
What Does Halo Laser Therapy Treat?
Halo laser therapy treats many skin conditions caused by sun damage, environmental factors, and the body’s natural aging process. Some of these conditions include:
Halo laser therapy is not just for the face; it can be done on the neck, arms, hands, chest, and legs.
- Scarring: Scar tissue happens as a result of the body’s natural healing response. Scarring can occur because of surgical procedures, injuries, and acne scarring. Scars can appear as irregular textures, tones, and colors, making them difficult to remove without the help of surgical treatments. A DayDream health provider will design a scar removal treatment plan unique to your needs.
- Sun Damage and hyperpigmentation: Sun damage and hyperpigmentation can be hard to hide or cover up with makeup. Not all dark spots are caused by sun damage, and some are caused by genetics, age, illness, medications, and melasma. The Halo Laser targets the exact area and can penetrate the deep layers of the skin to treat the damage and hyperpigmentation.
- Pigmented lesions: Pigmented Lesions happen when the body produces too much or too little melanin. This causes moles, melasma, sunspots, and other skin patches that can appear to make your skin look darker or lighter than usual. Pigmented Lesions are caused by genetics, sun exposure, and the body’s natural aging process. Halo uses a dermal remodeling process to remove these lesions and give you a smooth, even skin tone.
- Enlarged Pores: Enlarged pores are caused by the Sebaceous gland producing too much sebum or oils. Another contributor to enlarging pores is the decrease of elasticity around the pores. The Halo Laser uses your body’s natural healing response system to stimulate the production of new healthy cells that help reduce the appearance of large pores.
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by aging, genetics, and other lifestyle factors like smoking. The Halo Laser can target a microscopic treatment zone to help the body stimulate the growth of new collagen, which will fill in the fine lines and wrinkle like crows’ feet and nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines.
Does Halo Laser Therapy work on all skin types?
The Halo laser treatment is one of the few treatments that works great on all ages, skin types, and skin conditions. Because the Halo Laser setting can be customized for each patient, this treatment is perfect for all skin tones, including darker skin tones.
Preparing for your Halo Laser treatment
Before you have your Halo Laser treatment, there are a few steps you will have to take a couple of weeks in advance. Avoid sunlight or tanning; this includes self-tanner, spray tanners, and tanning beds for 2 weeks before your treatment. Avoid waxing, tweezing, hair removal creams, or chemical peels 2 weeks before. For one week before your treatment, don’t use any products containing retinol, salicylic acid hydroquinone, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide for 1 week before your treatment. If you are prone to cold sores, your doctor will prescribe medication to help reduce the chance of an outbreak. When you arrive at your appointment on the day of your treatment, make sure your skin is free of any lotion or makeup.
Finding the Best Treatment Plan for You
At your first consultation, a DayDreams licensed healthcare provider will assess your concerns and skin conditions to determine which areas we should be treating and how to prevent them in the future. Skin conditions and signs of aging can be caused by a multitude of reasons, such as
- Sun exposure
- Ultraviolet light (from computers and other devices)
- Harsh products
With each medical consultation, you can ask to have a 3D skincare analysis performed. This will allow you to see what is going on under your skin to track your progress.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of sessions you will need depends on the severity of the skin condition and the size of the area. Most patients will only require 1 to 2 sessions. If you have a more server condition like acne scarring, it may require 3 sessions 6-8 weeks apart. Your results will improve after additional Halo treatments. After your specific number of sessions is over, your results will last for years to come.
Halo Laser Therapy is one of the less painful treatments
Halo laser therapy is not painless, but it is also not what you would call painful. Patients describe the Halo laser as feeling like tiny rubber bands snappy against their skin. You may feel more discomfort in the more sensitive areas of your face, like under your eyes and around your lips. To help with the discomfort, the nurse will apply a topical anesthetic to the site. This should take about an hour to take effect. DayDreams also has a device that will release cool air to help with the discomfort and soothe any inflammation.
The Halo Laser Treatment is a Quick and Easy Procedure
Your Halo Laser treatment will take 30 minutes to 60 minutes to complete depending on the size of the area and its severity. There is minimal downtime associated with this procedure; most patients take at least one day off from work. At the same time, other laser treatments require you to take a week off work.
Recovering From the Halo Treatment
After your Halo laser treatment, you will notice redness and some swelling. It will look and feel like you have sunburn. This feeling will be being to subside after a few hours. To help with the discomfort, place a cold compress on the treated area for 10-20 minutes. Try not to use the cold compress too much, as it may cause the swelling to increase. With Halo laser treatment, you will not see improvement right away. You should see improvement after 5-7 days and full results after 6-8 weeks. After a few days, you will notice little brown spots all over your face. These are called Microscopic Epidermal Necrotic Debris or MENDS for short. These are bits of tissue working out while fresh, new skin regenerates. These will peel off on their own, so do not scrub, scratch, or pick at them during the healing process.
Taking Care of Your Skin Post Treatment
You will have peeling, flaking, itchy, or bronze-looking skin as your skin heals from your Halo laser treatment. This is just old skin cells falling off and making new ones. All of this is normal and means your body is doing what it is supposed to be doing. You mustn’t peel or pick at your skin, as this can leave scarring or damage to your skin’s pigmentation. To reduce swelling and inflammation:
- Don’t eat salty foods
- Keep your head elevated while you sleep
- Take an antihistamine
- Avoid excessive use of ice as it can make the swelling worse
- Avoid sun exposure
- Avoid vigorous activities
Skincare after treatment
It is essential to keep your skin regimen as gentle on the skin as possible:
- Use a gentle cleanser- like Cetaphil
- Simple moisturizer
- UV Sunscreen
- Makeup (once peeling has stopped)
You will be able to exfoliate your face one week after treatment.
Pros and Cons
With every procedure, there are going to be pros and cons.
- You’re getting all the benefits of both a non-ablative and ablative laser in one treatment, which will improve the epidermal and dermal layers of your skin.
- There is less downtime than most other laser treatments.
- You will begin to see results within 5-7 days.
- After treatment, your results could last for quite some time if you take care of your skin, protect your skin, and use sun protection.
- The Halo laser is the safest laser for darker skin tones, and it is also best at treating melasma and other hyperpigmentation.
After treatment, your face will feel hot and a little uncomfortable for the first few hours.
- Your skin will look red, swollen, and flaky for the first week.
- Some Patients may experience significant swelling in the first few days after treatment.
How our skin looks and feels can affect our self-confidence. It’s true that beauty is only skin deep, but thanks to the advanced technology of the Halo Laser, we can reverse the aging time clock and give you the skin you always wanted. If you are interested in Halo laser therapy or any of our other treatments, give us a call and book your appointment today at DayDream Day Spa & Medical Esthetics in Lakeland, Florida. We look forward to seeing you.
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