Dr. Cohen published the first paper in the scientific literature (based on a clinical trial) on combining two types of lasers into one treatment — which contributed to the development of the concept of the HALO laser. HALO provides dual benefits of immediate skin texture improvement and long-term rejuvenation. It’s a hybrid fractional laser that blends two distinct laser wavelengths into a single treatment, delivering a comprehensive solution to surface-layer and deep skin concerns. This cutting-edge approach makes HALO ideal for addressing sun damage, pigmentation, roughness, some small lines and more.

If you are looking for a treatment that balances effectiveness and a quick return to daily activities, HALO could be your ideal solution. Typically, patients will do a few sessions of HALO for more significant improvement of the skin.

How the HALO® Laser Works

The HALO laser represents a significant advancement in skin rejuvenation technology. This hybrid fractional laser uniquely combines the benefits of ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, making it the first of its kind. The depth and intensity of these laser wavelengths can be precisely controlled — allowing for adjustments depending on the extent of skin damage, the conditions being treated and the patient’s desired downtime and outcome.

Dual-Wavelength Approach

  • Ablative Laser (2940 nm): This laser removes (vaporizes) damaged portions of the skin’s outermost layer, which promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells. The immediate effect is an enhancement in skin tone and quality.
  • Non-Ablative Laser (1470 nm): In contrast, the non-ablative laser wavelength heats the underlying skin tissue without causing damage to the skin’s surface. This heat stimulates the production of collagen, which is crucial for the skin’s ongoing health and elasticity — contributing to improvements in skin texture and firmness over time.

Fractional Laser Technology

Both the ablative and non-ablative wavelengths of HALO operate on a fractional basis. This means they treat a fraction of the skin’s surface at a time, creating microscopic treatment zones in the targeted area while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This fractional approach stimulates collagen production and improves skin discoloration and roughness.

What Does HALO® Laser Treat?

​​The versatility of this hybrid fractional laser makes it suitable for addressing a range of concerns that contribute to an uneven skin tone and texture, including:

  • Pigmentation
  • Rough skin texture
  • Sun damage
  • Also can help with some fine lines, prominent pores and scars (including acne scars)

Who Are Good Candidates for HALO®?

Ideal candidates are healthy and have realistic expectations about the results HALO can achieve. Thanks to its customizable settings, HALO is versatile enough to treat a wide range of skin types. Whether you have light or dark skin, the hybrid fractional laser technology can be adjusted to minimize risks and maximize outcomes. HALO particularly appeals to those seeking significant skin improvements with less downtime than traditional laser resurfacing treatments. If you are looking for a treatment that balances effectiveness and a quick return to daily activities, HALO could be your ideal solution.

Understanding that HALO can significantly improve but not necessarily perfect skin appearance is important in candidates. A thorough consultation with one of our Board-Certified Dermatologists can determine your candidacy and help you set achievable goals.

Preparing for Hybrid Fractional Laser Treatment

To promote the best results from your HALO treatment, a bit of preparation is critical:

  • Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for several weeks before your session.
  • Stop using any products containing retinol or other irritating ingredients a few days before treatment.
  • Keep your skin well-hydrated and inform your specialist of any skin conditions or sensitivities.

What to Expect During Your HALO® Treatment

Your HALO treatment begins with a thorough cleansing of your skin, followed by the application of a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the HALO device is passed over your skin, delivering the laser wavelengths. During the procedure, you may feel a sensation of heat and tingling as the laser works to rejuvenate your skin.

The Zimmer Chiller for Improved Comfort and Safety

At AboutSkin, we use the Zimmer MedizinSystems Chiller machine (also called Z Cryo) to cool your skin during and after HALO treatment. This cooling system is an essential part of the HALO machinery and is connected to the handpiece. The Zimmer delivers air chilled to temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit to soothe the treatment area without affecting the HALO laser beam’s efficacy, reducing the risk of thermal injury and providing enhanced comfort during your treatment.

HALO® Recovery and Downtime

The downtime associated with HALO treatment is typically about four to five days of sunburn-like redness, warmth and swelling. Most patients choose to take this time off from work and social engagements. However, this downtime can vary based on your desired treatment intensity. If you’re looking for more dramatic skin improvements and can afford a bit more downtime, the HALO settings can be adjusted to levels involving more days of downtime. This flexibility allows us to tailor your treatment plans based on your schedule and desired outcome.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect during your HALO recovery:

  • Immediately After: We’ll apply cold air with Z Cryo to soothe your skin, moisturizers and ointments to hydrate and support healing, and sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • First 24 Hours: Avoid makeup and stick to gentle skincare products.
  • Within 24 to 48 Hours: Mild swelling and redness typically resolve.
  • Within One Week: Noticeable peeling occurs as your skin rejuvenates, revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion beneath.

What Results Can I Expect From HALO® Laser?

The beauty of HALO lies in its immediate and long-term results. Within the first week, you’ll notice an improvement in your skin’s texture and tone. As collagen production increases over the following months, you’ll see a continued enhancement in skin quality, including reduced fine lines and wrinkles and more even pigmentation. These results can last for years, especially with proper skin care and sun protection.

Combining HALO® With BroadBand Light™

Combining HALO with BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy has proven to be a highly effective strategy for achieving superior skin rejuvenation results. BBL technology, including innovations like Forever Young BBL and BBL HERO (High Energy Rapid Output), utilizes advanced intense pulsed light (IPL) to precisely target pigmentation irregularities, such as freckles, dark spots and areas of discoloration. This targeted approach allows for the repair of specific pigmentation issues with great precision.

Following the BBL treatment, HALO can be applied to enhance your skin’s overall texture and quality, addressing concerns like roughness, sun damage and dullness. The combination of these two treatments, which can be administered during the same visit, offers a comprehensive approach to skin rejuvenation. This dual treatment strategy allows for focusing on detailed pigmentation correction with BBL, while HALO promotes broader improvements in skin health and appearance.

Your Trusted Skin Experts at AboutSkin

At AboutSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our Board-Certified Dermatologists are led by internationally acclaimed aesthetics expert Dr. Joel Cohen, FAAD, FACMS, who has helped in the development, clinical trials and national/international teaching of these lasers. We uphold the highest standards of personalized care and remain at the forefront of dermatological science and cosmetic innovation.

Discover the Dual Benefits of Skin Rejuvenation With HALO® Laser

With its dual wavelength technology, HALO offers a balanced approach to skin rejuvenation, blending immediate improvement with long-term benefits.

Ready to explore how hybrid fractional laser treatment can transform your skin? Call 303-756-7546 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation at AboutSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics today!

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