What is the procedure used for?
- Halo is best suited for patients who want to achieve the results of an ablative fractional laser but cannot afford the downtime associated with the standard non-hybrid ablative lasers.
- Halo combines benefits of non-ablative and ablative laser technologies leading to improvement in fine lines/wrinkles, pigment, pores, and irregular texture with a relatively easy recovery.
- Patients report that their skin seems to “glow” after treatment. Areas often treated include the face, neck, and chest.
- Halo treatment always includes a combination of BBL (intense pulsed light) followed directly by the Halo laser. This is to maximize the results, especially the improvement of brown spots.
What changes can I expect right after treatment?
- Redness and swelling, most severe over first 2-4 days, then mild crusting and peeling.
When will I be completely healed?
- Average of 5-7 days to resolve any mild peeling and crusting
How many treatments are recommended? How far apart?
- Single treatment, sometimes a second treatment 6-8 weeks later, for maximal improvement. A follow up “touch up” treatment about 1 month after full treatment(s) to any resistant focal spots. Maintenance treatments can be considered every 1-2 years.
How painful is treatment?
- Pain: 5-6/10. Pain usually subsides quickly within a few hours. Most patients elect for oral pain medicine and anxiolytic (Ativan) taken one hour before treatment, making it well-tolerated; but you must have a driver to take you home. Anesthetic nerve blocks are sometimes administered by your doctor first to sensitive areas such as around the mouth (dental block). Topical anesthetic is applied at least 45 minutes prior to treatment so patients should arrive early.
How long does the treatment last?
- 1 to 1.5 hours, and patients are in office for just over 2 hours, including time for numbing.
When can I expect to see the full results?
2-3 months after final treatment