At The Larrabee Center in Seattle, WA, we utilize the HALO laser by Sciton – the only hybrid fractional laser. This innovative dual laser combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to penetrate the deep and superficial layers of the skin simultaneously. The skin resurfacing treatment effectively targets cosmetic concerns, such as skin texture and tone issues, wrinkles, and enlarged pores, and provides a radiant “Halo glow.” Additionally, the skin treatment is highly effective in improving or eliminating sun spots, age spots, discolorations, and pigmentation issues for individuals with acne scarring. Suitable for the face, neck, and other body areas, the HALO laser delivers remarkable results after just one treatment, leaving the skin brighter and more luminous.
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What is HALO Laser?
The HALO laser by Sciton is their first and most popular hybrid fractional laser suitable for all skin types. Before HALO, patients had to choose between ablative and non-ablative treatments. Ablative treatments are more invasive and typically require more extended downtime, while non-ablative treatments may not meet some patients’ expectations. HALO combines both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, resulting in remarkable results with minimal downtime. These results include a noticeable reduction in sunspots, fine lines, wrinkles, skin dullness, and more.
How Does HALO Laser Work?
Our caring and expert providers will discuss your goals and devise a tailored treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results. The Sciton HALO utilizes a dual-wavelength laser to heat the skin gently. Before the HALO laser treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment areas for approximately one hour. Your provider will input customized parameters into the HALO computer software for precise heating treatment. To ensure comfort during the procedure, a cold air machine (Zimmer) connected to the HALO handpiece will keep the skin cool. This treatment stimulates cellular regeneration and the production of collagen and elastin, the essential components of healthy skin. Then, the appearance of cosmetic imperfections can be improved, restoring the skin to a more youthful state. Over time, you will notice a truly radiant and healthy complexion.
Benefits of HALO Laser
HALO laser treatments offer a highly effective solution for various skin concerns. With minimal downtime compared to traditional fractional resurfacing, this treatment delivers amazing results in just one session. You can expect fewer fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin tone and texture, reduction in discoloration, hyperpigmentation, pore size, acne scarring, and improved Melasma (AKA the mask of pregnancy). The procedure requires only a topical anesthetic, and you can resume normal activities within 24 hours.
Why Choose HALO Laser?
The HALO laser is an excellent choice for individuals with both light and dark skin tones. The skin treatment utilizes advanced hybrid technology that combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, ensuring consistent energy spread between the dermis and epidermis. This reduces the risk of discoloration. Additionally, HALO’s adjustable settings allow for a high level of customization, making it the ultimate choice for personalized treatment.
How Does the Procedure Feel? When Will the Results Show?
When the laser energy makes contact with your skin, you might experience a slight prickling sensation. The “HALO Glow” will become visible in 1 to 2 weeks, resulting from the stimulation of hyaluronic acid and enhanced light reflectivity of the skin. The improvements will continue for the next three months and beyond.
Potential Risks and Complications of HALO Laser Procedure
Risks and complications from the HALO laser treatment are rare and minimal. During the healing process, you may experience some side effects. In the first few days, your skin may appear red and tender, similar to a sunburn. This will be followed by a week of flaking and peeling as dry, dead skin cells are shed, revealing softer and smoother tissue below. Afterward, your skin may have a rosy glow for approximately another week before the full improvements become evident.
What to Expect Before HALO Laser Procedure
Before treatment, we may initiate a specific skin care regimen to improve your overall outcome. Our professional and skilled practitioners in Seattle will create a customized plan to ensure you achieve your desired results.
What to Expect During HALO Laser Procedure
The HALO laser treatment begins with the application of a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort. About an hour later, protective eyewear will be provided once the anesthetic takes effect. The hand-held device will then be activated and rolled over the area in sections.
During the procedure, a combination of non-ablative and ablative laser energy will be released in quick bursts. You might experience a prickling sensation, which is completely normal and manageable. To reduce swelling and cool the skin, the laser device is equipped with a built-in cooling system that blows cool air onto the face.
What To Expect After HALO Laser Procedure
After the initial few days following your treatment (which may be longer if the process is more intense), you may notice a skin redness resembling a sunburn. As dead skin cells rise to the surface, you may see small, dark dots. Additionally, your skin may peel slightly and have a rough texture like sandpaper for up to three days. Swelling can occur in specific areas such as the upper cheeks and below the eyes. Within two weeks, the redness and dark spots should disappear.
Frequently Asked Questions
What skin concerns can HALO Laser address?
The HALO laser is a versatile and effective treatment for a variety of common skin conditions. This skin treatment can effectively address fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, uneven skin tone and texture, enlarged pores, discolorations or pigment irregularities, age spots, sun spots, crepey skin, and skin laxity.
Is HALO Laser treatment painful?
To minimize any discomfort, our providers will apply anesthetic cream to the treated area. While there may be a slight pinch when applying laser energy to your skin, the process is generally not painful.
What is the downtime after HALO Laser treatment?
During the recovery period, which usually lasts four to seven days, the treated areas may experience swelling and appear similar to mild to moderate sunburn. The amount of downtime will vary based on your willingness to engage in regular activities despite the presence of mild redness and swelling.
How many HALO Laser sessions are required for optimal results?
You will notice almost immediate changes in your appearance after the initial session, and these effects may become even more pronounced over several weeks. With only one or two HALO treatments, remarkable results can be achieved based on the depth of your skin health.
When will I see the results from the HALO Laser treatment?
You will notice the “HALO Glow” 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. This wonderful result is achieved through the stimulation of hyaluronic acid and improved light reflectivity of the skin. You will continue to experience pleasant changes for the next three months and beyond.
Can HALO Laser be used on all skin types?
The HALO laser is suitable for all skin tones, thanks to its state-of-the-art hybrid technology. It’s the first laser to combine ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, effectively balancing the laser energy penetrating the dermis and epidermis to minimize the risk of unintended discoloration. Additionally, the laser settings can be customized based on individual skin tones, offering a high level of customization.
Are the results of HALO Laser treatment permanent?
The positive cosmetic results of HALO treatment can last for several years, provided you take care of your skin and stick to a dependable skincare routine. Preserving your youthful radiance requires consistent skincare practices and adhering to a reliable routine.
Is HALO Laser treatment safe?
The HALO laser treatment device has been FDA-approved since 2014 and has a proven track record of safety and efficacy.
Can HALO Laser be combined with other treatments?
The HALO laser can deliver superior results when combined with other treatments such as Forever Young BBL and Microdermabrasion. Forever Young BBL works synergistically with the HALO laser to address sun damage and discolorations. The Moxi laser enhances overall skin tone and corrects uneven pigmentation.
The software utilizes ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production, resulting in tighter skin. Combining Microdermabrasion with the HALO laser effectively targets active acne, acne scars, skin texture, and wrinkles. For the best treatment options and optimal results, consider visiting the Larrabee Center in Seattle.
What precautions should I take before and after HALO Laser treatment?
Before treatment, you should avoid sun exposure, self-tanning products, and waxing in the treatment area. You should also avoid using products with active ingredients such as retinoids. After the treatment, it is important to keep the treated area clean and moisturized while avoiding excessive sun exposure and touching the area unnecessarily. In addition, you should avoid applying makeup or other products for at least a day or two post-treatment.
Is there an age requirement for HALO Laser treatment?
HALO laser can be performed on adults of any age.
Can HALO Laser be used on any part of the body?
HALO laser is safe and effective for use on nearly any area of the body.
How do I determine if HALO Laser is right for me?
If your complexion has been affected by conditions such as discoloration, wrinkles, sun damage, large pores, deeply etched facial wrinkles, dark patches, or superficial scarring, then you are an ideal candidate for the HALO laser treatment at the Larrabee Center in Seattle.
What is the recovery process like after HALO Laser treatment?
With mild swelling and redness resembling a mild sunburn, recovery time typically ranges from four to seven days.
Can HALO Laser help with acne scars?
HALO laser treatment is also highly effective in improving or eliminating sun spots, age spots, and other discolorations. Acne sufferers will also observe a visible improvement in the pigmentation and indentations of their scarring.
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