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Happy April my beauties! This month, I want to bring you some information about Sciton’s Halo Pro treatment!
What is Halo Pro?
The Halo Pro by Sciton is the world’s very first fractional hybrid laser. Let’s first take a look at how the Halo is a Hybrid.
Halo Pro combines Fractional (Ablative) and Non-Ablative Wavelengths in order to treat aging skin.
A fractional laser uses a fractionated method to therapeutically wound the skin- columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. This process is also known as ablative, meaning to remove tissue. This is achieved with a 2940nm wavelength Erbium Diode laser.
The Halo also contains 1470nm wavelength to target pigmented lesions (also known as age spots). In a Halo Pro treatment, the skin is heated to 100 degrees Celsius in the treatment area, where the layers of skin are ablated through evaporation.
The Halo Pro is able to then rejuvenate the skin in multiple ways- targeting fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, texture, pore size as well as brown spots and freckles!
Okay- so what is a treatment actually like and what is the downtime?
30 minutes before the treatment begins, topical lidocaine is applied, During treatment, Pro-Nox (a milder form of Nitrous Oxide used at the dentist) is given to reduce discomfort. The entire treatment takes about 30 minutes. I did not find it to be very painful, but the multiple passes over the treated areas did feel very hot and very raw and I couldn’t wait for my provider to move onto the next area. The cheeks were the most uncomfortable. I opted not to use Pro-Nox, and wish I had! 2 hours post treatment my skin was SO hot and the only thing that alleviated this was keeping ice cold cloths and ice on it. After 2 hours, it was like someone flipped a switch and all of the heat left!
Immediately post treatment- you can see pinpoint bleeding.
After the two hours of heat subsided, I applied a peptide cellulose mask to help soothe my skin.
My total downtime was about 8 days post treatment. You can see how my skin evolved in the photo below. You definitely will want to hide yourself away for a week after getting this treatment. You will have swelling, redness, tenderness, and MENDs (MicroEpithelialNecroticDebris)- that’s the dark red dots you see on my skin on days 2, 3 and 4. I also had a cystic acne breakout after, because my skin purged from the treatment. This, while an annoying response, is normal and can be treated with topical as well as oral antibiotics.
Here are some before and afters provided by Sciton of other patients who have had this treatment! I hope this is helpful information for you! My treatment was done at my workplace, Synergy Face & Body in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Thanks for stopping by! XO, Ashli