The Huge Benefits of Halo Laser Treatment
Are you an avowed sun-worshipper?
The sun is great. It provides Vitamin D, increases the production of serotonin, and is vital for all life on the planet.
It’s not so great for the skin though.
In fact, life in general can be rough on the skin. Right along with the sun, environmental factors, acne, and aging can take their toll on your skin.
Fortunately, laser resurfacing can bring new fullness and glow to your skin. And the latest technology – Halo Laser Treatment – is second-to-none.
There are so many benefits of Halo Laser Treatment, you’ll want to make it a regular part of your skincare regimen.
What Makes HALO So Special?
Well, it’s a pretty big deal because it’s the first fractionated laser that uses ablative and non-ablative technology simultaneously.
Sounds impressive, but you’re probably wondering what all that means.
Without getting too technical, an ablative laser targets very small pathways in the skin while leaving the area around it untouched. It’s similar to when your aerate your lawn.
While all of that is happening, the non-ablative laser drills little thermal holes into the skin. The skin recognizes these as injuries, which in turn triggers collagen and elastin production.
Collagen and elastin are key in minimizing the formation of wrinkles.
So Halo not only smooths out wrinkles, but it’s key in the prevention of future wrinkles.
The Benefits of Halo Laser Treatment
Patients treated with Halo can expect remarkable results in just 1-2 treatments, versus the 5-6 treatments that were often required by older non-hybrid technology.
Plus, the shorter recovery time with Halo is not punctuated by the severely swollen and sometimes scary “raw-meat” face that often resulted with the older technology. (The lengths we once had to go to for beauty!)
By targeting both the epidermis and dermis, the hybrid laser is capable of the following:
- minimizing the appearance of pore size
- helping correct sun damage/dyschromia
- lessening presence of pigmented lesions
- treating scars (including those from acne and actinic keratosis)
- cutting down on brown spots
- smoothing wrinkles and fine lines
- evening out skin texture and tone
Halo can be performed on most skin tones and can resurface about 25 – 30% of the skin. And the treatment itself is pretty comfortable.
What Goes into a Halo Treatment
Receiving a Halo treatment is rather like getting a very controlled sunburn. As such, it should be noted that you cannot go suntanning for 4-6 weeks before this treatment.
Your board-certified plastic surgeon will consult with you before the procedure to determine the problems you want to address and what areas you’d like to target.
Although Halo is most commonly used on the face, other areas of treatment include the neck, chest, arms, legs, and hands.
Before the actual treatment is performed, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the area to be worked. This must sit on your skin for 45 minutes to an hour to ensure that it is completely numbed.
Some patients choose to add an oral anti-inflammatory as well such as Motrin, Advil or Tylenol.
Once the skin is numbed, the board-certified plastic surgeon uses the halo to first measure surface area of the skin to be treated so the amount of energy needed for delivering the treatment can be calibrated.
This is done to ensure that he or she knows exactly how far down to go to address your issues.
Then the procedure itself is fairly simple.
You’ll just lay back and close your eyes while the surgeon performs the laser resurfacing. Once it’s over, you’re free to go home.
Recovering from Halo
Generally speaking, the side effects from Halo are minimal. There may be some redness, swelling, and/or tenderness that can relieved with a cold compress post-treatment. It usually takes 1-3 days for these to subside, and 3-5 days for full recovery.
The majority of patients are able to return to work or other everyday activities the next day after a mild treatment. And makeup can be applied after just 24 hours.
Most patients notice a smoother and more youthful-looking complexion in 2-5 days. And these improvements will gradually continue as collagen and elastin production are boosted.
Is Halo Laser Treatment Right for You?
While having two milder Halo treatments in the first year is more than enough to brighten skin and maximize preventative aging, you may prefer to opt for one deeper rejuvenation as well.
And then get ready to experience the many benefits of Halo laser treatment for yourself.