What do you know about the new Halo laser treatment by Sciton? Is this something I should consider having instead of Fraxel?

What is the difference between the two? What will I look like after? What type of results can I expect, and how much does it cost? How many will I need?

Doctor Answers 4

What is the Halo laser? How does it compare to the Fraxel?

The Sciton Halo Laser is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser system. It combines a fractional non-ablative laser for deep skin rejuvenation with a fractional erbium ablative laser for a synergistic effect only possible with the Halo™ Laser.

The first non ablative fractional laser was called Fraxel.  I have done over 1000 Fraxel laser treatments with excellent results and minimal downtime. I have also done over 1000 Sciton profractional treatments for patients who needed a more aggressive ablative laser for even better results but it caused more downtime. 

The unique Halo laser uses a new non ablative wavelength similar to the Fraxel but with a depth of penetration better focused in the area where most of the sun damage in your skin is located.  As this first non ablative laser penetrates your skin a second ablative laser simultaneously penetrates the exact same spot to vaporize the center of this column resulting in more rapid healing but with results comparable to a more aggressive ablative laser treatment. 

Previous lasers couldn’t effectively remove the damage caused by sun exposure. The treatments were either too shallow or too deep. The Halo™ Laser eliminates your sun damaged skin by precisely targeting the perfect tissue depth.

What I love about the Halo Laser is that it is much less painful than other laser treatments I have used. Plus I am getting better results and patients typically look great after only 4-5 days of some superficial scabbing. My Patients love this new laser.

 I use the Halo™ laser on the face neck chest arms hands legs any where it’s needed.

I use the Halo for skin discoloration, sun damage, age spots, to improve skin texture and tone, and reduce pore size. It will improve fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne scars and even stretch marks.

Halo laser treatments

Halo is unlike any other laser on the market.  It combines two different lasers into a single treatment.  It uses Erbium laser and a diode laser.  Both are fractional.  
I have had amazing results with Halo, particularly in those wanting to address brown pigment and pore size.  It gives the skin a beautiful glow.  You can begin wearing makeup after 24 hours and are usually completely healed (no wound, no redness) in about 5 days.  
Prices for Halo treatments are different for different areas of the country but I would expect to pay somewhere around 1500 for a single treatment.  Most of my patients have been extremely pleased after a single treatment.  
I would highly recommend Halo to anyone seeking skin rejuvenation.  

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W. Bryant Walker, MD
Jackson Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Minimal downtime 2 in one laser

Yes, this is exciting stuff from Scition. Essentially this is a two in one laser, nothing new except that the downtime is minimal following this laser. 

Most laser specialists have been using two in one lasers for many year, for example Fraxel 1927 and Fraxel 1550, or Fraxel 1927 and Fractional erbrium, or Fractional Co2 and Fraxel- many combinations are possible. Halo laser delivers the first in the one laser 'pulse'. The benefit is that this is heralded as a minimal downtime laser- recovery within 72 hours. The science behind this laser is sound, however I will personally wait for reproducible results. 

The answer to your questing is that you should consider a laser for your concern (pigment, or wrinkles, or both?), rather than a specific brand of laser.

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

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Halo laser by Sciton

Halo is the first "hybrid" fractional laser.   Halo was developed to combine the best of the laser technologies.  

Ablative lasers, like the old CO2 devices, were considered to be the gold standard for achieving great aesthetic results.  They can smooth out wrinkles, address pigment issues, and 'resurface' the skin.  The problem:  Ablative lasers require significant downtime to allow for optimal healing.  Persistent redness and discomfort were common for up to one month after treatment. 

Non-ablative lasers, like Fraxel, allow patients the advantage of minimal downtime.   Other than being slightly pink after treatment, the recovery time is fairly minimal, usually less than 24-48 hours.

Halo is the first device to allow ablative results with non-ablative recovery time.   To accomplish this task, it utilizes two different laser wavelengths (1470 and 2940nm).  

Results from Halo are amazing!   Expect to be fairly red for 24 hours.   Makeup can be applied after 24-36 hours.   Most facilities will provide an assortment of skin care products to facilitate the healing process.  Products, like Avène, which promote hydration tend to be the most helpful for patients.

For the state of North Carolina, Synergy Medical Spa, in Raleigh, is the only provider of Halo laser services.  In most markets, the price ranges from $900 to $1500 per treatment.  

My suggestion would be to have a consult with a Halo Laser Specialist in your area.  Best of luck to you. 

Joseph Franklin, MD
Durham Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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