Halo Laser Treatments
What is a Halo Laser Treatment?
A HALO Laser treatment is made possible by the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser system by Sciton and it is truly in a league of its own. This is the world’s first ablative and non-ablative laser combined into one handheld device. This allows the laser to target various types of cosmetic concerns in one treatment without the traditional pain and downtime of ablative lasers.
What does the Halo Laser treat?
Sun Damage (brown spots)
Softens deeper lines
Evens skin tone
Reduces pore size
Restores the luminous skin reflectivity or “glow” you previously had
Produces collagen and elastin for upwards of 1-year post treatment
What areas of the body does Halo Laser treat?
Almost any area of the body can be treated with Halo including face, neck, chest, arms and hands.
How many treatments do I need?
I always tell my patients that I want them to have better looking skin a decade from now than they do today. One of the ways to achieve this is to repeat Halo treatments throughout the years. Although each patient is unique my general rule of thumb is as follows.
I recommend 1-2 Halo treatments within the first 6 months depending on the treatment goals. Thereafter, I recommend at least one per year. Remember that Halo stimulates collagen and elastin fibers. These two things help hold up your skin and plump it up. You want to start compounding those results and that is achievable by repeating Halo every year. And don’t forget that we can customize the treatment each time. If you want a more aggressive treatment one session and a mild treatment the next, Halo can be customized to do that and still provide results.
Is Halo painful?
Thankfully, no. Traditional laser was not a fun process for the patient. The good news is Halo is nothing like that. Most patients tell me the pain is a 1 or 2 out of 10. Typically, I will have a conversation with the patient throughout the entire treatment. Some patients will feel their skin get very warm during treatment and this lasts about 2 hours. The good news is we provide cooling throughout the entire treatment to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
In the unlikely event that you experience discomfort during Halo we utilize Pro-NOX. Pro-Nox delivers a mixture of 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide. This device is a 100% patient-controlled form of inhaled anesthesia. Simply breathe deep and in seconds there will be immediate relief of pain and anxiety. We are proud to offer this to our patients at no additional charge as part of all of our Halo packages if needed. The Pro-Nox anesthesia leaves your body in just a few minutes after treatment. You can continue your day immediately after treatment.
What is the recovery like?
Most patients will have a sunburn like appearance to their skin for 2-3 days followed by a bronzing of the skin. A few days later the bronzing will start to shed as you wash your face once or twice a day. The first couple days of treatment you may have some swelling in the areas treated, usually around the eyes, and usually is most noticeable in the morning after waking up. However, there should be zero pain during recovery.
We provide all your aftercare products as part of your Halo laser package including MedSpa grade moisturizer, face wash, and sunscreen. We only use physician grade post care products from our MedSpa. The aggressiveness of your treatment dictates the type of recovery you will have. Usually patients are done with recovery between 5 to 7 days for a typical Halo treatment. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer if less or more aggressive.
We will see you in the office the next day. This will allow us to evaluate your skin and adjust your recovery program if needed. Also, we provide you with a complimentary Red LightStim treatment that helps accelerate your recovery. This painless treatment is done in our luxurious MedSpa and lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Red LightStim has been proven to shorten your recovery time by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the skin.
We are with you throughout your entire recovery. All of us at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery have been trained in Halo and have helped countless patients navigate through their Halo recovery. In the unlikely event of a post-laser complication you have Nick Woltjen, PA-C and Alan Durkin, MD available to assist.
What happens the day of treatment?
The day of treatment you will arrive first for your nursing appointment. The nurse will have you review the consents and aftercare guidelines. Then a powerful topical numbing agent is applied to the treatment areas for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You will then be able to relax in one of our patient rooms. Feel free to bring a book or iPad to pass the time. After the numbing is complete your face will be cleaned and then you will be ready for the treatment. The Halo treatment of the face can be as quick as 15 minutes depending on the settings. Once completed, we will review your aftercare, and have you schedule a follow up appointment for the next day.
What is PRP with Halo?
This is part of our Halo+ package which includes PRP, two Red LightStim treatments to speed your recovery, and a Signature Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery Facial 60 to 90 days post Halo to really get your skin glowing.
Not all PRP is created equal and we utilize a system that has been proven to have a platelet recovery of more than 80% with a concentration of more than 1.6 times that of the baseline. Although there is currently no agreed upon consensus of the correct concentration of platelets there are studies showing that too high a concentration of platelets can have negative effects. This is why we have chosen a PRP system that is based on data, journal published studies, and real-life experience.
Your body’s own PRP is applied directly the skin during the Halo treatment. This will help accelerate your healing, but the big benefit is it will help turbocharge your results by further boosting your body’s own collagen.
While you are numbing for the Halo treatment the nurse will draw just one tube of blood from your right or left arm. Obtaining PRP takes about 10 minutes in a completely closed system. The closed system means that from blood draw, to centrifuge, to injections your blood and platelets are never exposed to the environment. This is yet another reason why our system is safe and effective.
Halo+ can be added on to your treatment the day of your procedure.