Halo® Hybrid Fractional Laser at Austin Cosmetic Medpsa in Austin, TX
With age, the skin tends to lose its firmness, elasticity, and vibrancy. Several factors can influence these changes, including sun exposure, diet, and lifestyle habits. Laser skin resurfacing has been a popular approach to skin rejuvenation for several years. Historically, though, lasers have been relatively aggressive. Patients faced risks like infection and prolonged redness and needed to schedule at least a week off work to allow their skin to recover. Today, we have much more conservative laser devices to achieve outstanding results with minimal downtime. We are proud to offer Halo® laser skin resurfacing to help our patients look and feel their best.
What is the Halo® Hybrid Fractional Laser Treatment?
The Halo® laser is unique in that it uses two different types of lasers to address multiple facets of the skin at once in a hybrid manner. It has an ablative laser setting that quickly vaporizes damaged tissue on the epidermis, as well as a non-ablative laser that penetrates deeper layers of the skin to stimulate collagen regeneration. The ablative laser corrects textural irregularities and can reduce pore size. The non-ablative laser energy can reach the deeper layers of the dermis to break up pigmentation caused by sun damage while also stimulating collagen proliferation for more comprehensive tissue recovery and improved skin quality.
What Does the Halo® Laser Treat?
Halo® is safe for a variety of skin types and skin tones, even many darker skin tones. Halo® precisely targets mild to severe skin damage to your face, neck, hands, and décolletage, including:
- Discoloration caused by sun damage
- Freckles, brown spots, and other hyperpigmentation marks
- Visible signs of aging like fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Poor skin texture
- Mild to moderate scarring
Every person's skin is unique, as are their needs. The Halo® laser allows us to create a customized treatment plan to fit those needs, as well as the patient's lifestyle and preferences regarding downtime.
Does Halo® Tighten Skin?
The Halo® laser treatment is not primarily designed for skin tightening. However, many patients do notice that their skin looks and feels tighter after their procedure. The reason this occurs is that the ablative aspect of the treatment stimulates collagen production in the dermis, and collagen remodeling subtly rebuilds the skin's firm foundation.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Halo® Laser Treatment?
The hybrid ablative and non-ablative technology of the Halo® laser makes it a good treatment option for a wide range of adults. The procedure is not suitable for women who are pregnant, nor for people with a chronic or active illness. Patients who have recently used isotretinoin or retinoid products should talk to their provider regarding the most appropriate timing for Halo® laser treatment.
Does Halo® Laser Treatment Hurt?
The Halo® laser procedure is performed after a topical numbing cream has been applied to the skin. This is left on for 60 minutes before the skin is cleansed and treatment begins. The laser effectively treats the skin in about an hour, or less. Comfort is also managed via a built-in cooling device kept on during the procedure. Finally, after treatment is done, your provider will apply a restorative solution to help the skin recover quickly and optimally.
How Many Halo® Sessions Will I Need?
Because Halo® treatments can be customized, the number of treatments a patient has is largely up to them. The device has adjustable settings that allow us to treat concerns more or less aggressively. The stronger the treatment (within its safety parameters), the more dramatic tissue remodeling we can achieve. More conservative treatments still get great results but may require additional sessions to correct more significant signs of aging or sun damage. Some patients are completely satisfied with the results of just one Halo® treatment. Others prefer to schedule two to four sessions to achieve maximum tissue rejuvenation; then, annual maintenance treatments can be performed to keep up your results.
When Will I See Results After Halo® Laser Treatment?
After Halo® laser treatment, the skin must be highly protected from sun exposure for at least 24 hours. You should limit your sun exposure as much as possible for at least two weeks following treatment. Depending on the intensity of the treatment, the skin may appear red and/or swollen for the first one to two days following treatment. Two to three days after the procedure, the skin may look slightly "bronzed" before it begins to flake and peel. By day five, the initial results of the resurfacing treatment can be seen. Improvements continue to build over several months, revealing more radiant, smooth, resilient skin.
How Long Do the Results of a Halo® Treatment Last?
The results of a customized Halo® laser treatment can last years. Patients may enhance or prolong the rejuvenating effects of their treatment with good skin care, daily sun protection, and ancillary treatments performed every so often. Examples include radiofrequency treatments, chemical peels, or other laser or light procedures that accelerate cellular turnover and tissue regeneration.