What is the SC Halo Laser?
The SC® Halo™Laser ( aka Halo Laser by Sciton® ), is a Hybrid Fractional Laser. The word ‘hybrid’ here indicates that it combines both fractional ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing.
Fractional Ablative + Non-Ablative = Hybrid Fractional Laser
It’s like a two for one!
Benefits Fractional Ablative Lasers?
Ablative lasers treat the surface of the skin (they actually vaporize the skin to tell you the truth). They are considered the ‘wounding’ lasers and are some serious stuff. Ablative lasers actually strip off the bad stuff so good skin can replace it.
Ablative lasers are used for the correction of:
- Deep Wrinkles (more collagen means less creases and wrinkles)
- Acne Scars (vaporizing the top layer helps with this)
- Saggy Skin (collagen acts like the stuffing in a pillow)
- Textured Moles (zaps those mothers right off)
- Crepey Skin (like that chicken skin on your neck and eyelids)
- Extreme Sun Damage ⇓
Straight ablative lasers are super intense, this is why the guys at Sciton made the ablative (and non-ablative) component ‘fractional’.
Fractional Lasers are lasers that treat the area in grids thereby damaging only a portion of the skin versus all of the skin.
Our body heals the damaged area as well as the area around it offering similar results as the non-fractional lasers. Since the Halo laser is fractional there’s less downtime and more fun time!
Never confuse the ‘fractional ablative’ with ‘ablative’. It’s the difference between having a raw hamburger face with a LOT of downtime vs. a grid-like pattern with half the downtime.
Actually, I’ll go one step further and say that if your doctor recommends a non-fractional ablative laser treatment, run for the hills mama! It’s old school and nearly irrelevant.
Benefits of Non-ablative Lasers
Non-ablative lasers are the skin tightening lasers and focus on the underlayers of the skin to promote the grown of collagen. They have lot’s less downtime since they don’t effect the part of the skin that you see.
Non-ablative lasers are used for the treatment of:
- Fine Lines like the ones around your eyes and lips
- Minor Wrinkles
- Minor Surface Scarring
- Hyperpigmentation (dark spots)
- Minor Sun Damage
Non-Ablative laser therapy is a lot less invasive than ablative with minimal downtime. It encompasses a wide spectrum of non-coherent light and radiofrequencies that help improve the texture and appearance of skin.
The Science Behind the SC Halo Laser
Halo™ by Sciton® is the only laser that offers the best of both worlds, hence the term Hybrid Fractional Laser. It combines results of Ablative Fractional Laser with the Non-Ablative downtime. Sciton® Halo™ achieves this hybrid action by sequentially utilizing 2 wavelengths in its delivery: Skin pigments exist in the epidermis up to 100 microns deep, while textural damage and sun damage exists in the upper layer of the dermis, up to 500 microns deep.
Why 1470nm and 2940nm?
Skin pigments exist in the epidermis up to 100 microns deep, while textural damage and sun damage exists in the upper layer of the dermis, up to 500 microns deep.
How it Goes Down
Mr. BeautyBlackBook made a video of my personal experience getting the Halo laser treatment:
The procedure is pretty straightforward. Your practitioner will first apply a topical analgesic that will penetrate the skin and leave it on there for about an hour. Don’t be a hero and think to do it without the numbing. It will sting like a bitch!
Some doctors, mine for example, will apply some Betazol™ cream along with the topical analgesic to promote healing and protect against infection.
The actual procedure can take anywhere from 30 to 45 mins depending on the areas that you would like to treat.
After the treatment the doc will apply ice packs to your face. You will be super red for a few hours but that will fade over the next couple of days – at which point you can use makeup to counter any dayglo that may remain. 🙂
You can expect to see dark spots in the areas of pigmentation that fall off in the next week to two weeks.
Summing it Up
Well, after one treatment it definitely smoothed out the neck grid (minor scarring) that I got from the Infini. (uh, ya)
Before Halo Laser:
4 months after Halo Laser:
As far as it outperforming the IPL for hyperpigmentation? I think that if you’ve been using an IPL for years and years, the Halo may be a good option to switch things up.