An innovative hybrid fractional laser that restores your youthful glow with two laser wavelengths
An innovative hybrid fractional laser that restores your youthful glow with two laser wavelengthsHe remains a world leader, researcher, educator, and champion for patients who desire nonsurgical or minimally invasive solutions with reduced downtime. Dr. Burns is uniquely qualified to balance results, safety, and downtime, matching the most appropriate procedure and treatment plan to patient expectations and priorities. He is excited to continue serving patients as the sole director of Resurrect Skin M.D., whose mission is “bringing Skin to Life through science, care, and compassion.” Resurrect Skin M.D. encompasses Dr. Burns’ facial surgery practice, as well as his skincare, laser, aesthetic technology, and research center.
Treatment Time: 15-30 min | Anesthetic: Topical | Downtime: 3-5 days
Noticeable Results: 1 week | Treatments Needed: 1-2
What Is the HALO Laser by Sciton?
HALO is a revolutionary laser that combines two wavelengths in one machine: a fractional ablative laser that resurfaces the epidermis (surface layer of skin) and a non-ablative laser that targets the dermis (the second and deeper layer of the skin). Both wavelengths are used simultaneously, delivering the benefits of dermal remodeling and collagen stimulation alongside the benefits of resurfacing for sun damage and fine lines.
HALO’s advanced technology provides a wide range of customizable settings. This allows us to effectively treat more difficult complexions and hone in on your unique skin concerns. Your treatment is customized just for you, and just one or two sessions can give you the coveted ‘HALO glow’.
What Does It Mean for a Laser to Be ‘Fractional’?
Fractional technology is a more recent development in the world of aesthetic lasers but has been widely adopted and accepted by patients and physicians alike. A fractional laser treats a fraction of the skin (usually 20-40%) and the rest of the skin (60-80%) is untouched. While it might sound like this would produce uneven results, there are several advantages to the fractional approach. Fractionated therapy allows deeper treatment to be done more safely with more rapid healing.
A fractional laser could be compared to aerating a lawn. Only small areas of the lawn are treated, leaving most of the surface intact, yet the entire lawn benefits. Older, non-fractional technologies result in longer recovery times and more painful treatments, while the HALO laser offers minimal downtime and a more comfortable treatment experience.
The first fractional laser marketed was Fraxel®. Dr Burns had the first Fraxel device in the country and was involved in the development of both the non-ablative and ablative Fraxel lasers. Our patients saw great results with Fraxel, but we now prefer HALO because it achieves better results with less discomfort.
Ablative Lasers vs. Non-ablative Lasers - What Is the Difference?
To understand why being the world’s first ‘hybrid fractional laser’ is so exciting, you must first understand the two laser modalities.
Ablative resurfacing eliminates the outermost layer of skin using heat in a very specific and controlled way. Immediately upon contact, the laser vaporizes the dead, damaged and aging skin cells of the epidermis. Ablative resurfacing is the more aggressive approach, which means it incurs more discomfort and downtime, but it also offers the best results for rejuvenating the skin.
Non-ablative resurfacing targets the dermis rather than the epidermis. By gently heating this layer of the skin below the epidermis, the laser creates a controlled injury at just the right temperature that prompts a healing response, causing the body to produce new collagen in the area. Non-ablative lasers require less downtime and are often more comfortable. The best results are achieved with a series of treatments that rejuvenate the skin over time.
The fact that HALO combines these modalities in the exact same treatment area makes it unique among lasers. With the dual-wavelength technology, we can pinpoint the optimal treatment depth for your specific needs, so we can give you impactful results while minimizing disruption to your busy life.
What Are the Benefits of HALO?
These are just a few of the reasons why we trust the HALO laser and our patients love it:
Comfortable treatments that only require topical anesthesia
Visible improvement within days
Continued improvement over time
Significant results in just 1-2 treatments
Treats almost all skin types
What Does HALO Treat?
The versatile HALO laser can help with many mild to severe skin concerns, including:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Uneven skin tone
Sun spots and sun damage
Mild acne scars
“Every patient has unique needs and desires. In general, HALO plays a role in skin rejuvenation for patients who have more advanced skin damage and aging that might be a stretch for the wonderful BBL HERO/MOXI approach but are not advanced enough to require aggressive laser resurfacing with the Contour Erbium or ProFractional Erbium devices.”
— Dr. Burns
Am I a Good Candidate for HALO?
Visible aging is the result of four factors: gravity, dynamic muscle movements, deteriorating skin quality and volume loss.
Laser treatments are some of the most effective ways to address declining skin quality and environmental damage (sun, wind, dryness, etc.). These changes appear as pigmented age spots or sun spots, broken blood vessels, wrinkles of all depths and loss of your skin’s natural glow.
Many laser treatments are contraindicated for darker skin tones, but HALO can be utilized for these skin types and complexions that were previously challenging to treat with a laser. During your initial consultation at Resurrect Skin MD, we will customize your HALO treatment plan for your skin and see if it is a good option for you.
What Should I Expect During HALO Laser Treatment?
Your HALO treatment will begin with the application of a topical anesthetic. You should feel minimal discomfort as the treatment takes place. The most sensitive areas are typically the eyes, lips and chin.
After the anesthetic has taken effect, your provider will proceed with the treatment by moving the HALO handpiece over top of your skin. The treatment settings will be adjusted as needed to deliver the appropriate balance of ablative and non-ablative energy.
Most patients will feel a warm sensation for 30 to 60 minutes after the treatment. However, air cooling coupled with cool soaks during treatment and the new revolutionary cold face mask post-treatment greatly improve patient comfort and reduce this temporary post-treatment inconvenience. A HALO laser session can be done over your lunch break, or any other hour you can spare during the day.
What Is the Downtime for HALO Laser?
Downtime after a HALO procedure depends on the depth of the treatment. If you opt for a light treatment, your skin can be ready to show off the next day. If you choose a more intense treatment, a few days of downtime are recommended before revealing your rejuvenated skin to the world.
Redness is a natural response to heat and is to be expected. Mild swelling is also common. Your skin may look and feel like it has a sunburn, and it will peel as it renews itself. Use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer and be diligent with sun protection until your skin has healed.
How Long Does It Take to See Results From HALO Laser?
You may notice subtle improvements within days of your HALO treatment, and your skin will continue to improve over time. Results appear in two stages because HALO incorporates two laser technologies. The ablative laser vaporizes the superficial epidermis, producing more rapid results, while the non-ablative laser heats the dermis to gradually generate new, healthy collagen. The two processes together produce a long-term improvement that rejuvenates your skin and gives you that HALO glow.
We recommend waiting to assess your final results until six months post-treatment, as this is how long it takes for the collagen production and remodeling process to complete.
How Many HALO Laser Treatments Do I Need?
Fractional lasers typically produce the best results when utilized as a series of treatments. Each individual session delivers a deep, effective treatment to a portion of the skin. If repeated on a disciplined regimen, the entire skin is rejuvenated over time.
Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. Based on your goals and the condition of your skin currently, our team will help you decide whether to have one or two deeper HALO treatments or multiple gentler treatments over a longer period.
“Our goal is to provide you with only the treatments you need. If you need a more aggressive approach initially, we will recommend maintenance treatments that are gentler and yet will likely prevent the need for aggressive treatment in the future. For younger patients with healthier skin, we start maintenance treatments earlier so more aggressive treatments may never be needed.”
— Dr. Burns
Once your treatment plan is complete, you can expect comprehensive revitalization of your skin, including reduced pore size, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin reflectivity and glow, and significant removal of pigmentation. We are proud of our results and invite you to connect with us on Instagram to see some of our skin transformations.
Visit RSMD for HALO Laser Skin Resurfacing
Resurrect Skin MD addresses every aspect of aging with a comprehensive approach. We work hard to provide our patients with the most advanced treatments available, as well as the guidance and education to help you make the best choices for your skin. We take great pride in our practice and do all we can to make your experience with us personable and enjoyable.
If you are ready to optimize your skin appearance and health and see if the ‘HALO glow’ is the best choice for you, please give us a call at 219-754-6865 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping you live beautifully and age gracefully.