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HalO Hybrid Fractional laser new resurfacing technology has completely revolutionised the theory that better results require either more downtime or more treatments, by combining the best attributes of both non-ablative and ablative fractional lasers.

Now with Halo laser, patients can get ablative-like results with non-ablative-like downtime. The cutting-edge, minimally-invasive laser treatment stretches the skin’s natural thickness for a smoother, firmer, more youthful look.

Radiant skin without the downtime

Over time, the skin can lose its youthful glow due to sun exposure and the body’s natural aging process. As a result, the body may develop sun spots, fine lines, and lose that natural healthy glow.

Previous lasers couldn’t effectively remove this damage, because the treatment was either too shallow or too deep. With Halo laser, we can finally have the best of both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths., which can precisely dial in the exact treatment patients need for amazing results within the desired downtime.

Halo laser eliminates years of damage by precisely targeting the right depth and restores the luminous glow skin. The benefits of a Halo treatment include both epidermal and deeper dermal pigmentation and tone and texture in the skin.

With HALO Laser patients can get great results with minimal downtime!

In the past, you had to choose between a procedure that offered really great results but required a lengthy recovery, and a procedure with a fast recovery but marginal results.

Now with Halo you get the best of both worlds: great results with minimal downtime. Halo combines deep dermal rejuvenation with epidermal renewal for a combined synergistic effect you can’t get with any other treatment. Halo creates beautiful results without the downtime of more aggressive treatments.

Halo precisely targets years of damage to your skin, including:

  • Discoloration
  • Sun damage
  • Visible signs of aging
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Poor texture
  • Fine lines
  • Scar revision

Clinical results

HALO has undergone years of testing to perfect the Hybrid Fractional Laser technology. The design goal was to build a better non ablative fractional laser for physicians looking for an alternative to Contour TRL and ProFractional with less downtime.

In testing, investigators found something remarkable. Patients treated with Halo had much better appearance related to texture and pigment improvement than expected.

Patients had amazing results in 1-2 treatments while older non-hybrid technology needed 5-6 treatments to have similar texture changes but did not approach Halo in terms of pigment correction. In addition, there was remarkable, unexpected improvement in pore size and number.

Sciton, a leading manufacturer of high-quality laser and light systems in the aesthetic medical market launched Halo, the world’s first and only hybrid fractional laser, applying tuneable non-ablative and ablative wavelengths in a single pass to maximize results and reduce downtime.

“Halo is not an incremental product. It is the culmination of an extensive 4 year investigation involving new understanding of laser tissue physics combined with state-of-the-art implementation of all new technology,” said Dan Negus, President of Sciton.

Who can benefit from HALO Laser?

Anyone unhappy with the early signs of aging, areas of dark pigmentation and uneven skin texture may benefit from the Halo Laser. 

The ideal patient is in generally good health, understands the laser treatment process, and holds reasonable expectation for results.  The Halo laser can be combines with other invasive and nonsurgical treatments to provide optimal skin rejuvenating results.

Halo offers the flexibility of completely turning off ablation for users that are not qualified to use an ablative laser or for those looking for the simplest laser treatments. Both the ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths can be delivered in the same pass, and many different permutations of depths and coverage are possible.

Benefits of the Halo Fractional Laser:

  • Improves the skin’s tone and laxity
  • Smooth’s and softens skin texture
  • Addresses sun damaged areas
  • Smoothes and softens the skin’s texture
  • Eliminates epidermal dark spots
  • Diminishes the look of large pores
  • Eases fine lines and wrinkles
  • Requires less downtime than similar laser treatments
  • The laser energy level can be adjusted for each individual patient

How Does HALo Laser Work?

HALO laser delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to the same area at the same time using two different laser frequencies. This allows us to dial in the amount of energy we want to use on the surface layer of the skin and, at the same time, to dial in a different amount and depth of energy to the deeper tissues.

Halo has undergone years of testing to perfect the Hybrid Fractional Laser technology. The design goal was to build a better non ablative fractional laser for physicians looking for an alternative to Contour TRL and ProFractional with less downtime.

In testing, investigators found something remarkable. Patients treated with Halo had much better appearance related to texture and pigment improvement than expected.

Patients had amazing results in 1-2 treatments while older non-hybrid technology needed 5-6 treatments to have similar texture changes but did not approach Halo in terms of pigment correction. In addition, there was remarkable, unexpected improvement in pore size and number.

“Our patients get the benefit of the quick recovery time of a non-ablative laser with the better effect of an ablative laser. It really does combine the best of both worlds into a single treatment,” says Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi.

Every patient has different needs in terms of sun damage and downtime. With Halo, we can finally have the best of both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths. With Halo we can precisely dial in the exact treatment patients need for amazing results within the desired downtime.

Halo delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to the same microscopic treatment zone: 1470 nm for coagulation and 2940 nm for ablation. The 1470 nm wavelength is used for delivering between 100 and 700 microns of coagulation to the epidermis and dermis, where solar damage exists. The 2940 nm wavelength is used to deliver from 0 to 100 microns of ablation to the epidermis of the skin.

This gives Halo the unique ability to provide separate treatments for the epidermis, which heals quickly, and dermis which remodels more slowly over time. The operator may choose one of three coverage-base treatment levels, and Halo calculates the exact amount of energy necessary to complete a safe and effective treatment. Intelligent energy delivery, combined with Dynamic Thermal Optimization, ensures precise and even treatments, each and every time.

The benefits of a Halo treatment include both epidermal and deeper dermal pigmentation and tone and texture in the skin.

Adding tuneable ablation to a non-ablative treatment creates varying effects when different levels are used. Using low levels of ablation causes faster clearance of microscopic epidermal necrotic debris. Heavier levels of ablation seem to create a synergistic wound healing response. The clinical effect is ablative-like results with nearly non-ablative like healing.

During a non-ablative treatment, a column of the skin (MTZ) is heated to a temperature that necroses the epidermis and denatures dermal collagen. In the first 24 hours, the basal cell layer regenerates across the MTZs, under the necrosed epidermis and then proliferates upwards, expelling the necrosed tissue. This necrosed tissue becomes small packets of debris (MENDs) that are trapped under the stratum corneum, taking between 2 to 7 to days to clear.

Performing a 20 micron ablation followed by coagulation allows faster removal of MENDs. By removing the stratum corneum, the MENDs are free to exit the skin within a day of forming. This results in 1 – 2 days faster healing time as compared to non-ablative treatments.

Latest Laser Technology

Beyond the hybrid technology that makes Halo so unique are many features that help improve usability and safety. Some of the features include:

i) Tunable 1470 nm depth

ii) Dynamic Thermal Optimization technology

iii) Intelligent energy-based parameters

iii) Platform approach

Therefor, HALO laser  offers the flexibility of completely turning off ablation for users that are not qualified to use an ablative laser or for those looking for the simplest laser treatments. Both the ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths can be delivered in the same pass, and many different permutations of depths and coverage are possible.

What are the possible side effects?

Patients can expect the tissue to be red and slightly swollen after a Halo Laser treatment.  It is also common for the skin to be tender for several days. 

A few days after the procedure, the skin may begin to look dry or flaky.  This occurs as the body sheds the old tissue and new, fresh skin is regenerated.  We have found that the Halo, in most patients, has absolutely no downtime.

They can wear makeup the next day and go to work. They only need to use a moisturizer, no messy balm. On the second or third day after treatment, you will begin to notice tiny dark spots and a bronzed appearance to the treated skin.

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. It will begin to flake and peel. For the face, this can last 5-7 days. If the neck, chest or anywhere else on the body was treated, this process could take up to two weeks.

After the peeling process is complete, your skin will have a rosy, pink glow that will gradually resolve. Sunscreen is a MUST throughout the entire healing process. It should be applied daily beginning the day of treatment and used vigilantly for up to three months post procedure. A post op kit will be provided to you for cleansing and exfoliating the skin. Any post treatment discomfort may be relieved by over the counter oral pain relievers.

What is the difference between HALO laser and Other skin resurfacing lasers?

CO2 lasers for resurfacing were introduced in the mid – 1990’s and changed the landscape of aesthetic medicine overnight.

The initial lasers were continuous wave withy very little control and delivered less than stellar results with many adverse effects compared to modern day resurfacing. However, the continuous wave CO2 lasers led to the development of pulsed and scanned CO2 lasers and eventually pulsed, scanned Er: YAG lasers.

This next generation of Erbium technology offered much more control to deliver better results with significantly reduced downtime and adverse events.  The increase in pulsed resurfacing lasers led the industry down a path to discover lasers with lower downtimes and less adverse effects.

This then gave way to the rise of the fractional laser technology.  Fractional lasers offered acceptable results with a much lower downtime and almost no adverse effect but it did require more treatments. Ablative fractional lasers remove small columns of epidermal and dermal tissues, which then regenerate into brand new tissue.

Non-ablative Fractional lasers create microscopic zones of tissue injury which become remodelled, however it does not remove tissue like an ablative laser does. The development in these lasers continued to lower the downtime but required even more treatments to achieve the desired results.

Therefore, for the last decade, patients who did not desire to have deep, full field Er:YAG laser resurfacing, which offered the best results but prolonged downtime, were given two options. They could either choose ablative fractional treatments (fewer sessions, more downtime) or non-ablative fractional treatments (more sessions, fewer downtimes).

Today, new resurfacing technology has completely revolutionised the theory that better results require either more downtime or more treatments.

HALO, the world’s first Hybrid Fractional laser, combines the best attributes of both non-ablative and ablative fractional lasers. Now, patients can get ablative-like results with non-ablative-like downtime.

By adding tuneable ablation to a non-ablative treatment creates varying effects when different levels are used.

Using low levels of ablation causes faster clearance of microscopic epidermal necrotic debris. Heavier levels of ablation seem to create a synergistic wound healing response. The clinical effect is ablative-like results with nearly non-ablative like healing. During a non-ablative treatment, a column of the skin (MTZ) is heated to a temperature that necroses the epidermis and denatures dermal collagen.

In the first 24 hours, the basal cell layer regenerates across the MTZs, under the necrosed epidermis and then proliferates upwards, expelling the necrosed tissue. This necrosed tissue becomes small packets of debris (MENDs) that are trapped under the stratum corneum, taking between 2 to 7 to days to clear.

Performing a 20 micron ablation followed by coagulation allows faster removal of MENDs. By removing the stratum corneum, the MENDs are free to exit the skin within a day of forming. This results in 1 – 2 days faster healing time as compared to non-ablative treatments.

Beyond the hybrid technology that makes HALO laser so unique are many features that help improve usability and safety. Some of the features include:

i) Tunable 1470 nm depth

ii) Dynamic Thermal Optimization technology

iii) Intelligent energy-based parameters

iii) Platform approach

Halo laser offers the flexibility of completely turning off ablation for users that are not qualified to use an ablative laser or for those looking for the simplest laser treatments. Both the ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths can be delivered in the same pass, and many different permutations of depths and coverage are possible.

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