HALO™, Broad Band Light, & Laser Peels in Austin, TX
The surface of the skin is where many signs of aging and sun damage appear. Laser treatments for sun spots and fractional resurfacing of the skin can give you a healthy, more youthful look. There are several intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser resurfacing treatments available from the medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Our experienced aesthetic medical providers will work with each patient individually to determine the ideal treatment based on skin type, conditions to be addressed, and the desired end result.
Halo™ is the world's first hybrid fractional laser system. Easy to use with precise and safe settings, the Halo™ laser offers effective treatment for multiple skin conditions, such as:
- Sun damage
- Dyschromia (melanin-based pigmentation disorder)
- Signs of aging
- Enlarged pores
- Appearance of fine lines
- Textural changes in the skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Rosacea (redness)
Halo™ acts like a "laser microneedling" treatment by evenly depositing collagen, eliminating fine lines, erasing sun damage, and smoothing the skin, all with minimal downtime. The addition of platelet rich plasma (PRP) topically further accelerates healing by adding your own growth factors to the skin.
In the past, it would take five to six treatments with lasers to achieve the same results Halo™ can now produce in one to two treatments. Halo™ can be used on most skin types and to erase sun damage in different areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, and legs.
Halo™ combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths. Because it is a fractionated laser, it allows the skin to heal quickly, maximizing clinical results and minimizing downtime. Ablative fractional resurfacing uses a deep laser in a dot matrix- like pattern to treat tissue with less thermal injury, allowing it to address textural issues, scarring, and pores and yet have a quick recovery. The non-ablative fractional resurfacing treatment causes pinpoint spots of tissue coagulation, allowing it to treat deeper sun damage and dermal pigment changes, as well as stimulate collagen development to tighten the skin.
Your HALO™ Experience
At our state-of-the-art plastic surgery center and medspa, you are in experienced and caring hands that will guide you through your Halo™ experience. You will start with a complimentary VISIA facial skin analysis, which will analyze your skin for redness, UV damage, brown spots, wrinkles, texture, and pore size. VISIA uses the world's largest skin feature database to objectively identify the features of facial aging and grade your skin relative to others of the same age and skin type.
On the day of treatment, numbing cream will be applied to the area being treated. The numbing agent will be applied one hour prior to the procedure.. For most patients, this will be all that is needed for a comfortable treatment. For those who would like it, light sedation is also available during the treatment with Pro-Nox nitrous oxide (laughing gas) anesthesia. The Halo™ resurfacing laser will treat most areas in 60 minutes or less. Afterward, the skin will have a pink appearance, such as after sun exposure.
Recovery occurs in stages. On day one, redness and swelling are normal and expected. On day two or three, you will notice evenly spaced, tiny dark spots and a bronzed appearance develop. Because the treatment is in a dot-matrix pattern, moisturizers and sunblock can be applied and you can engage in normal activities. During this time, your skin will have a sandpaper texture and begin to flake and peel. The peeling process can take up to a week and should be allowed to happen naturally without rubbing or picking at the areas. Applying moisturizer generously during this period should reduce itching and dryness.
From my very first interaction all the way through the after appointments, my experience has been top notch. Dr Fisher is not only an amazing doctor, she has also assembled a staff of individuals that are equally caring, kind, and considerate. The staff remembered my name every time I have walked through the door. They validate for parking, so the visit is always a breeze. Dr. Fisher and all of the staff always have a smile and cheerful dispositions, and they always have time to help and to answer all of my many questions and concerns.
*Real patient testimonial. Results may vary.
Using Platelet Rich Plasma to Increase Results & Minimize Downtime After HALO™
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous concentrated preparation of platelets and their associated growth factors in a small volume of your plasma. When your platelets are activated, they release growth factors and other molecules that are very beneficial in healing and reducing inflammation. These growth factors also increase collagen production. Adding topical PRP after your Halo™ treatment will not only minimize your downtime by accelerating healing, but will also improve your results by stimulating more collagen production.
Austin Cosmetic Medspa by Christine Fisher MD
The Art and Science of Advanced Skincare™
- Known for advanced aesthetic medicine and skincare treatments that scientifically and safely create a natural-looking result.
- Providers have a combined 35+ years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and medical aesthetics.
- Treatments administered by Sandy Lanier, PA-C | Katie Bertling, RN, LE | Lara Montfort, BSN, RN | Jeremy Porche, CRNA | Rachael Davis, LE | Marta Zinyuk, BSN, RN | Kristen Woodard, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC
- Offers full range of medical-grade skincare products to improve skin quality and treat aging skin.
- 4.9-star average rating over hundreds of online reviews for non-surgical laser and injectable treatments.
Broad Band Light (BBL)
Using an advanced form of intense pulsed light (IPL), Broad Band Light (BBL) treatments are a medical-grade laser treatment that is designed to treat a range of cosmetic problems and conditions by using light in a variety of wavelengths. The medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery uses two IPL/BBL modalities from manufacturer Sciton: Forever Young™ BBL and Forever Clear™ BBL.
Forever Young™ BBL
Forever Young™ BBL is considered a corrective and preventive treatment, ideal for reducing the appearance of:
- age spots
- visible blood vessels
Forever Young™ BBL uses an advanced form of intense pulsed light (IPL) to target specific skin problems. As the light energy enters the skin, it impacts the surface itself where imperfections are seen, causing lesions to flake away and spider veins to collapse. This is because the IPL is converted into heat as it is absorbed by areas with more pigment, by spider veins, and by red blotchy areas.
The IPL also travels into deeper layers where it begins to work on a molecular level. Studies have shown that this IPL treatment actually changes the expression of aging-associated genes for long-term effects that result in clearer and smoother skin.
Forever Clear™ BBL
Forever Clear™ BBL has a singular focus: acne. The common skin problem is caused by the body's reaction to bacteria that become trapped in plugged follicles, so dealing with the bacteria is a significant first step in getting clearer skin. As the most powerful IPL device available for skin treatments, Forever Clear BBL™ beams blue light deep into the pores to kill the bacteria there. Next, pulses of yellow light reduce both inflammation and redness in the skin. Finally, infrared light encourages healing to further clear the skin and provide a smoother look on the surface.
Download Our Skin Care & Non-Surgical Rejuvenation Post-Procedure Care Guides
We've compiled detailed post-operative care instructions to best equip our skincare & non-surgical rejuvenation patients throughout their recovery process. To ensure the best and safest recovery, your plan encompasses appropriate prescriptions and clear directions towards maintaining your comfort to get you back to normal life and activity as soon as possible. Individual patients respond uniquely, and the type of procedure may differ, but these basic guidelines will help you along your journey.
Known for its safety profile and effectiveness, the Contour TRL™ laser peel is ideal for addressing lines, pigmentation irregularities, and other signs of sun and environmental damage. The device is remarkably precise, allowing the operator to control energy delivery for ideal, customized results. Contour TRL™ is ideal for treating:
- severe wrinkles and enlarged pores
- sun spots
- actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions)
- poor skin texture and tone
Because of the precision possible with Contour TRL™, it can be used around the mouth and even the eyes—a benefit not recommended for other lasers.
A superficial laser peel painlessly removes the outer epidermis to smooth and brighten the skin. This is an excellent pre-event peel as recovery is short—just a few days.
A single deep laser peel of about 15 to 50 minutes is usually enough to generate more transformative results. After a few days of healing, during which your skin will look and feel like it has been sunburned, the outermost layer of skin will re-grow for a smoother look. Laser peels also trigger fresh collagen production, which will continue for months and further improve results.
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQS
Who is an ideal candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
As mentioned above, you can opt for Halo’s fractional treatment, which is ablative, and its non-ablative wavelength, which works best on pigmentation issues, broken capillaries, and the like. Halo’s fractional treatments are best for patients with fair to moderate skin tone who fall within the Fitzpatrick scale of I-III. In darker skin tones, the laser energy may cause hypopigmentation or lightening of the skin color. Also, patients cannot be pregnant or nursing, have autoimmune conditions, or blood clotting disorders.
Good candidates for Halo™ treatments have these skin issues:
- Areas of pigmentation
- Sun damage
- Visible signs of aging
- Uneven skin tone
- Enlarged pores
- Poor texture
- Fine lines
- Acne scarring
The non-ablative side of Halo™, along with Forever Young’s broad band light treatments can benefit just about anyone without any active skin infections. Forever Clear™ specifically targets acne.
Forever Young™ BBL reduces the appearance of:
- Age spots
- Areas of uneven pigmentation
- Broken capillaries
Our Contour TRL™ laser peels can be varied in their depth and their aggressiveness. Contour TRL™ treatments are ideal for treating these issues:
- Severe wrinkles and enlarged pores
- Sun spots
- Actinic keratoses
- Poor skin texture and tone
How will I know which laser resurfacing treatment is right for me?
You certainly don’t need to be an expert in laser skin resurfacing – that’s for our team to help decide the treatment that works best for you. Whether it’s the fractional resurfacing of Halo™, the various depths of laser peels with Contour TRL™, or the broad band light of Forever Young™ and Forever Clear™, our team will match you with the treatment or treatments that address your unique issues with sun damage, collagen loss, skin texture, pigmentation issues, and other skin challenges.
Can I combine laser resurfacing treatments?
Patients don’t typically seek to combine different laser resurfacing treatments, as the laser and broad band light energy address the same areas of the facial skin. But our laser skin resurfacing treatments can be combined with other treatments and even a surgical procedure such as liposuction. If you’re interested in combining another treatment with a laser skin resurfacing treatment, let’s talk about your options during your consultation.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for laser skin resurfacing?
- Avoid tanning or heavy sun exposure for one month before your session.
- Don’t have any medium chemical peels or dermabrasion for one month before your session.
- Don’t use medications that causes photosensitivity, such as doxycycline or minocycline, for at least 72 hours before your session.
- If you have a history of herpes or shingles in the treatment area, we need to know beforehand.
What are the risks with Halo treatments?
There is a slight risk of scarring with laser resurfacing treatments, although the hybrid wavelength delivery of Halo™ decreases this. Plus, this system constantly monitors the patient’s skin temperature for comfort and safety. Hyperpigmentation is a risk, as well. If the patient is prone to the development of cold sores, these treatments can exacerbate this.
What are the risks involved with Forever Young and Forever Clear BBL treatments?
The most common side effect with both of these treatments is redness in the treatment areas. This typically resolves within a few hours. Mild to moderate swelling can develop within the first few days following your treatment. There is a very slight risk of blistering and hyperpigmentation problems.
What do I need to do after having laser skin resurfacing?
After your laser skin resurfacing session, you need to understand that your skin has temporarily lost some of its natural sun protection, so you need to apply 30 SPF sunscreen and wear protective clothing. You need to do this for about three months. That may sound extreme but remember it’s likely that too much sun exposure is what created most of your skin issues in the first place.
You’ll also need to wait a few days to use exfoliants on your skin, and you should avoid aggressive scrubbing as well.