Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
Due to lifestyle choices such as sun exposure and your body’s natural aging process, you might be feeling as if your skin is losing some of its youthful glow with each passing birthday. Brown spots, fine lines, redness and an overall dull complexion can all make you look and feel older than your age. In the past, addressing these issues with a laser meant that patients basically had to choose between a treatment that offered really great results, but required a lengthy recovery, or one with a fast recovery, but that only offered marginal results. Now with the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser, you get the best of both worlds: great results with minimal downtime. It works by combining two laser wavelengths that can specifically target both a surface issue like a sun spot or a deeper issue like a wrinkle.
Since everyone’s skin is different, every patient’s needs are unique. Dr. David Sieber will work with you to customize a treatment plan that best fits your lifestyle. If you need to be back at work tomorrow, he’ll make the Halo laser depth light to deliver smooth, vibrant skin that’s ready for makeup the next day. However, if you really want a “wow” result, then he’ll set the Halo laser to a more intense depth that will give your skin that luminous, youthful glow, but with a few days of downtime.
Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Improvements
The Halo laser can treat a wide range of skin issues including:
- Sun damage
- Visible signs of aging
- Uneven skin tone
- Enlarged pores
- Poor texture
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Length: 30-60 minutes
- Anesthesia: Topical
- Inpt/Outpt: In office
- Side effects: redness, swelling, peeling
- Recovery: 1-7 days
To find out more about the Halo hybrid fractional laser with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.
Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Technique
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Sieber will apply a numbing cream to your skin. He will then use a hand-held device to perform multiple “passes” over your face. During the 30-minute procedure, it will feel like multiple light shocks on your skin. There will be a slight burning sensation like a bad sun burn immediately after the treatment, but this will improve within 1-2 days.
Preparing for the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
If you are having a BBL laser treatment performed at the same time then you must refrain from any excessive sun exposure as well as any sunless tanning product for at least 7-10 days prior to your Halo procedure. If you are using a topical vitamin A product such as Retin-A, Tretinoin, or Tazorac, these need be stopped 7 days prior to your laser procedure.
Recovery from the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
Immediately after your Halo laser procedure, your skin will feel as if you’ve been out in the sun for too long. It may even burn slightly. This sensation typically lasts for 1-2 days. You may also experience swelling for the first 1-2 days after the procedure.
Depending on the depth and intensity of the Halo laser treatment you receive, your recovery time will vary. Light treatments will leave you red for about 24 hours, but this can be easily concealed with makeup on the morning following your treatment. More intense treatments will cause your skin to bronze and peel over the course of 3-5 days. Almost all patients will be able to conceal any after affects such as peeling skin or redness with makeup at 7 days post treatment. Once your skin has peeled, the treatment area will be pink for another 7-10 days as it heals.
Q: What results can I expect?
A: The Halo laser is a complete skin rejuvenation treatment. You will see improvements in overall tone and texture in addition to a significant removal of discoloration, a reduction in fine lines and pore size, and an increased glow or skin reflectivity.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The number of treatments needed depends on the condition of your skin as well as your goals for treatment. Many patients notice a significant improvement in their skin quality with a single treatment. Patients with deep acne scars and very poor skin quality may require 2 or more treatments for ideal results.
Q: What does the Halo laser treatment feel like?
A: With a topical anesthetic and the Halo laser’s built in integrated cooling technology, most patients experience very little discomfort. If you’re having a more intense treatment, Dr. Sieber may prescribe you a narcotic pain medication to take prior to the procedure. Many describe the treatment as a feeling of heat with the occasional prickling sensation. In general, patients are comfortable. After the treatment, you may continue to feel warm for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, or a bit longer with deeper treatment levels.
Q: How soon after my treatment can I return to normal activities?
A: During the healing process, you need to keep your skin protected with a moisturizer and a sunscreen such as EltaMD or Cetaphil, but otherwise, you should be able to go about your normal activities. After the treatment, you will see very little change on the first day. After two to three days, you will develop a light bronzing appearance. By day three or four, your skin will peel, revealing new skin beneath.
Q: When will I see results?
A: You will see initial results between 2-5 days following your Halo laser treatment, but your skin will continue to improve with time. Most patients see the greatest pigmentary improvement in the first two to three weeks. New collagen formation and final results may take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.
Q: How long will my results last?
A: Halo laser results can last for years, but you must continue to keep your skin protected at all times with a UV sunscreen. Each additional Halo laser treatment will only improve on your results, giving you even better looking skin.