Halo Laser

  • Best Results2-5 treatments
  • Treatment Recovery2-8 days
  • Procedure Time25 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistNOT CURRENTLY OFFERED > See reasonings
  • Duration of Results12-36 + months
  • AnaestheticNumbing gel
  • Back to Work2-5 days
  • CostNA

HALO SCITON Fractional Laser Resurfacing

HALO is one of the very first ‘Hybrid’ lasers made by Sciton. This laser can give good results after a series of 3 to 5 sessions over a period of months. This laser uses two wavelengths, an ablative fractional erbium laser, & a non-ablative fractional laser. Downtime following HALO is between 2-8 days. I prefer to use different wavelengths to achieve more favourable results.

FactsFacts On HALO Sciton Laser Resurfacing

  • HALO was one of the very first Hybrid Lasers
  • It uses two wavelengths, one ablative, one non-ablative
  • Downtime can be dialled; 2-5 days
  • Laser coverage, depths & ‘mix’ can be controlled
  • 2-5 sessions are required for optimal results
  • I personally like the erbium wavelength of HALO
  • I personally do not use the Non-Ablative wavelength of 1470nm

What is HALO laser resurfacing?

Halo Laser

HALO laser is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser. This laser combines two wavelengths in the one machine. The logic behind this is to provide a superficial & deep treatment in the one sitting.

Dermatologists have been using this form of resurfacing for over a decade, however, the ingenuity of Sciton led to the development of this laser. HALO uses an erbium fractional ablative laser together with a non-ablative fractional laser with a 1470nm wavelength.

Why was this a breakthrough in cosmetic dermatology?

Dermatologists have been using mixed wavelengths in the one session for many years. In fact, most of us would use 2 sometimes 3 to 4 delivery systems & wavelengths in a lasing case- that is why we have a row of devices surrounding the operator. This meant we had to swap from one deceive to another. Sciton was one of the first companies that incorporated 2 wavelengths in the one laser. This means that the ‘laser time’ can be decreased by 2 to 3 minutes, not a huge margin but nevertheless more convenient for the operator.

Does Hybrid Laser resurfacing give better results compared to using two different lasers?

No. It does, however, marginally decreases the time taken to complete a job. I do run the erbium ablative component of HALO in my practice, however this is found in the more powerful version of HALO, the Sciton JOULE.  I do think it is one of the best fully ablative devices out there with a powerful fractional component that has the potential to go 15 times the depth of HALO.

What are hybrid lasers?

Hybrid lasers consists of two wavelengths. Since the invention of HALO, Quanta developed a 30-watt laser called the YouLaser MT.  I used this second-generation hybrid laser for just over one year. The QUANTA laser has one of the most versatile laser interfaces on the market, as we could customise pulse width, pulse duration, power delivery sequential firing & so much more. A great laser if you are into the science of lasing. The lack of power of this laser limited my work, & hence I do not run this system in my mode of practice nowadays.

ALMA lasers have also introduced a hybrid CO2 & non-ablative laser into the cosmetic market in 2021.

Hybrid lasers provide unparalleled skin rejuvenation with very little downtime. Treatments are individualised for concerns, goals, skin type & downtime.

I do think that for the vast majority of aesthetic physicians, both the Quanta & the HALO are great lasers as they have a very fast learning curve when it comes to ‘pre-programmed settings.’ I do think HYBRID lasers are the future as most laser dermatologists & plastics perform this style of lasing on a daily basis. Really looking forward to third-generation systems in the near future.

Davin’s Viewpoint on HALO Laser Resurfacing

I have nothing against HALO, in fact I was at the launch in Australia 5 years ago. Sciton, the parent company of HALO is well respected for their devices. In fact, the Sciton JOULE (erbium big bro of HALO) is still one of my most used devices that I personally perform. I also have the SCITON BBL. I do believe that the erbium wavelength at 2940nm is excellent for resurfacing. The problem with HALO, in the context of where I practice (Brisbane Australia, plus surrounding centers like the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast), the sun damage is extreme. The HALO at 100 microns erbium literally scratches the surface of the skin. I do get it that the NA wavelength at 1470 ‘targets’ deeper tissue.

Small spot, non-ablative high density lasers can markedly reduce sun damage & address cosmetic concerns such as pigmentation, enlarged pores, & wrinkles. The wave length for this laser is more superficial than the HALO non-ablative. This is ideal because the target is in the upper layers of skin.

 HALO is relevant if photodamage is minimal and you require a nurse or therapist to perform the procedure. This device is super safe at the expense of vastly limited capabilities. Regardless, if you have mild skin concerts, superficial treatments can be beneficial.

My prefered ‘hybrid laser’ is either a 1927 coupled with fractional CO2, or the erbium SCITON fully ablative, coupled with fractional CO2. The former allows my laser nurses to ‘dial in’ far superior results than with deeper NA wavelengths. The CO2 component can be set at 2% all the way to 60+%, depending on the job. My fully ablative cases are usually performed with the SCITON, in most cases I combine this with CO2 fractional.

Fraxel can markedly improve skin quality in just one session (HD or high density setting).

Another product from SCITON that we employ is the BBL or IPL. Their system is one of the best in the market. We often combine this with other fractional devices, a term I call ‘Pulse Fractional’. BBL treats the superficial concerns – mainly dyschromia, whilst fractional wavelength including Erbium SCITON ProFractional can address deeper concerns. Once again, we usually go much deeper into the dermis than what HALO can achieve.

IPL is a great treatment for pigmentation. We use the BBL from Scition.

In summary, HALO is a good laser, however the limited capacity to provide deeper-customised treatments means that it has not got the power to treat my patient demographic.

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