What is Halo?
The Halo is a unique laser procedure that utilizes the best of both ablative and nonablative technologies to maximize patient results and minimize patient downtime. As a hybrid fractional laser, Halo is considered the very latest generation in laser technology. Dual treatment wavelengths applied to the same microscopic treatment zones create a strong synergistic effect, offering results that were only previously attainable via a heavy ablative laser with weeks of associated downtime. The short, concentrated beams of light administered during your Halo treatment create a controlled thermal injury which triggers a wound healing response. This response delivers fresh, new collagen and tissue to the treated skin, and reduces the appearance of damaged, aged, and irregular skin.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Halo?
The best candidates for Halo are men and women who are in good general health, are interested in achieving fresh and beautiful skin, and who can tolerate a few days of social downtime. The following conditions are optimally treated with the Halo laser:
- Irregular pigment issues (such as brown spots, “age spots,” sun damage, and uneven skin tone)
- Fine lines, wrinkles, “crepe-iness”
- Dull, dry skin tone
- Textural irregularities (such as acne scars and enlarged pores)
Your Halo Laser Treatment: What to Expect
Your Halo treatment begins with facial imaging that helps to identify all skin irregularities (both apparent and deep-seated) that will be targeted with the laser. Following this imaging of both visible and underlying pigmentary skin issues, topical numbing cream will be applied and remain on the treatment area(s) for 30-45 minutes. This powerful numbing cream is a combination of several anesthetic medications which will help to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. During this part of the process, you will feel a cool sensation on the skin rather than a numbness that extends deeper than the surface. Once the numbing cream has taken effect, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and prepped for treatment. Protective eye goggles are worn by both patient and provider, and the treatment begins!
The laser energy of a Halo treatment is delivered systematically, pulse by pulse, until the entire treatment area has been covered. Your clinician will tailor the treatment settings to best suit your skin’s specific needs, as well as the social downtime that you can afford. To help further relax you and relieve any patient anxiety or nerves surrounding the treatment, patients at Blaine Plastic Surgery are offered the option of utilizing Pro-Nox (nitrous oxide) both before and during their Halo treatment. Our Zimmer Chiller will also be utilized during treatment- it directs cold air directly onto the treatment zone(s) to further reduce any heat sensation or discomfort.
Immediately following a Halo treatment, patients can expect their skin to appear red and swollen, looking similar to a sunburn. Our team will help apply post-procedure healing balm to your treatment site(s) and provide you with a take-home regimen to use for the following week. Redness and swelling will improve daily, with most patients feeling confident enough to return to normal routines and activities in 3-5 days. Oral steroids are often prescribed to help speed up the healing process and to reduce patient swelling.
As new skin and collagen generate over the next few weeks and months, your fresh, new complexion will be revealed. This skin can be both sensitive and delicate, so consistent SPF coverage post-treatment is key to maintaining your glowing results and preventing further UV damage. One of our skincare experts will guide you in making sure you have the at-home skincare support regimen you need to enhance and maximize your Halo results.
Schedule Your Halo Treatment With the Skincare Experts at Blaine Plastic Surgery
Sun damage, discoloration, uneven skin tone, textural issues, pore size, and fine lines and wrinkles can all be improved with the Halo laser. When it comes to laser treatments, the technology, as well as the training and qualification of the specialist operating it, are equally important. Dr. Christine Blaine and her clinicians are dedicated to approaching laser treatments with the same awareness and care as any other plastic surgery procedure. This undoubtedly separates the level of treatment you will receive at Blaine Plastic Surgery from those found in other settings.
At Blaine Plastic Surgery, you have access to the latest medical-grade technology, operated by trained medical professionals with the benefit of comfort management options that are available only in a physician’s office. The medical professionals at Blaine Plastic Surgery have the training and expertise needed to safely deliver the most effective Halo treatment to help you reveal your best complexion and put your best face forward. Contact us by calling (631) 470-2000 today to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our skincare experts, and learn more about the many benefits of a Halo treatment!