Halo Laser Skin Resurfacing

Halo Laser Treatment

Dr. Burke Robinson is proud to be one of the first facial plastic surgeons in Georgia to offer the innovative Halo Laser treatment. This ground-breaking hybrid device is the first of its kind to combine both non-ablative and ablative treatments in a single session. Fully customizable to the unique needs of each patient, the Halo Laser by Sciton promises to bring laser skin treatments to the next level in terms of consistency, efficacy and safety.

About the Halo Laser

Non-ablative laser treatments are typically used for skin rejuvenation purposes. Ablative laser treatments work deep beneath the outer dermis, triggering a natural healing response by the body to address specific skin concerns and conditions. In the past, non-ablative lasers provided marginal results, while ablative lasers required significant downtime afterward. The Halo Laser combines the best of both worlds, offering dramatic results with minimal downtime in treatments customized to your specific skin type, concerns and desired results.

Who is a candidate for Halo Laser?

The Halo Laser can work on nearly any skin type and tone. Treatments may be recommended for the following issues:

  • Uneven skin texture and tone
  • Brown spots and freckles
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Signs of sun damage
  • Enlarged pores
  • Shallow scarring from acne or chicken pox

After treatment, patients will experience a more youthful, vibrant complexion. In addition to treating the face, the Halo Laser can also be used to improve the appearance of skin on the neck, chest and hands.

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Treatments with the Halo Laser typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. A numbing cream is applied to the treatment area 1 hour prior to the procedure and a cooling device is used throughout to keep patients comfortable during treatment.

After treatment, you will remain in our office for approximately 15 minutes while the skin is cooled by a fan and water mist. At that point, we will apply a gentle restorative solution to keep your skin moist as you head home. You will also be given your home care kit. When you leave our office, your skin will look like it has been out in the sun and may feel somewhat tender. Those side effects should not interfere with the application of sunscreen or makeup the next day and will subside within a few days after the procedure.

Recovery & Results

Most patients are able to return to work and other activities 2-4 days following treatment, although there may be mild redness and swelling of the treatment area for 2-3 days. Depending on the depth of your treatment, you may also experience flaking and peeling skin within a few days after the procedure as old skin cells are shed and new skin cells take their place.

The results of a Halo Laser treatment can often be seen within a few days, once redness and swelling subside. Those results will continue to improve over time as the ablative portion of the procedure stimulates new collagen production under the skin. Results may last for many years, as long as skin is properly protected and cared for after treatment.

Halo Fractional Laser Post Treatment

The HaloPro Laser is a fractionated laser that uses hybrid technology of 1470 nm non-ablative laser and 2940 nm ablative laser to create controlled zones of coagulation to chosen depths into the dermis that stimulate neocollagenesis and fractionally vaporize (ablate) micro laser channels in the epidermis addressing tone and texture of the skin. For use of Halo non-ablative laser only, it does not vaporize the skin.

The Halo fractional treatment creates outcomes based on the aggressiveness of the treatment taking into account your skin concerns, the health of your skin and your individual healing ability. Due to this, patient response can vary after a Halo fractional treatment. Erythema (redness) and possibly edema (swelling) are the desired responses within a few minutes after the completion of the procedure. The degree of redness and length of healing time will increase with the depth and coverage of the procedure.

Post Treatment

  • Redness is normal and expected. Redness generally increases in intensity the first few days after treatment with day 3 being most intense. Redness can persist for up to 7 days depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.
  • Pinpoint bleeding may occur. This can last for a few hours – 12 hours depending on the treatment depth and may be isolated to certain treated areas.
  • Immediately after treatment, swelling is common and expected. Use of a cold compress or ice packs will help to relieve the swelling. To avoid further swelling, you may choose to sleep in an upright position the first night after the treatment. The first morning post treatment is when swelling is more prevalent, especially under the eyes. Swelling may last 2-4 days depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.
  • The treated area may be extremely warm for 12-24 hours after the treatment. Cold compresses or ice packs may provide comfort during this time.
  • On the 2nd or 3rd day after treatment, you will increasingly notice tiny dark spots and bronzed appearance to the treated skin. In individuals with heavily pigmented skin, or in areas where sun damage has produced pigmented lesions. The skin look may look bronzed and small areas appear crusted (do not try to scratch them off). This is part of the healing process where treated tissue is working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated. During this time, your skin will be very dry and have a sandpaper texture and will begin to flake and peel. If the face is treated, it could take 5-7 days for the peeling process to be completed. If the neck, chest or anywhere on the body was treated, this process could take up to 2 weeks.
  • After the peeling process is complete, your skin will have a rosy, pink glow that will gradually resolve. Your clinician will inform you and advise you of when make-up can be used and which kind.
  • If an antiviral and or steroid was prescribed for you, continue to take as directed.
  • Post treatment discomfort may be relieved by over the counter oral pain relievers; i.e. Extra Strength Tylenol.
  • Itching may be experienced during the healing phase and is completely normal. Oral Benadryl may help itching but can cause drowsiness. DO NOT scratch the treated area as scarring and pigmentation complications can occur.

To learn more about this revolutionary treatment, contact Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery at 770-667-3090 to schedule your personal consultation with Heather Davis, Licensed Esthetician/Assistant Laser Practitioner, in our Visage Skin Care Center.