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Halo - Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL)

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The Halo™ is the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL), which delivers non-ablative (1470nm) and ablative (2940nm) wavelengths to the same treatment zone to maximize clinical results and minimize downtime – the treatment is more effective with less downtime compared to other traditional non-ablative lasers.

The Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser in Dr Charles Cope’s surgery is Sydney’s best laser for restoring ageing skin, improving the skin’s tone and texture, tightening the skin and improving wrinkles, as well as removing unsightly brown pigmentation spots(1). This laser is the most effective laser and is only available at medical practices.

The Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser is used to treat the face, neck, décolletage and the back of the hands. It is also now the treatment of choice for acne scars, and unlike BBL, can be used on all skin types including Asian and darker skin.

The Halo™ is the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL), which delivers non-ablative (1470nm) and ablative (2940nm) wavelengths to the same microscopic treatment zone to maximize clinical results and minimize downtime.

Unlike laser resurfacing with ablative lasers, such as the CO2 laser, which peel off the skin’s top layers, the Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser works by treating a fraction of the skin’s surface (approximately 20-25% per treatment)  – microscopic points of light penetrate the skin’s surface, with each spot surrounded by healthy tissue, allowing rapid healing, stimulating collagen production after the treatment.

The skin’s appearance is improved with each and every treatment session. Usually there are 2-3 treatments which are spaced 4 weeks apart, with Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser sometimes being combined with BBL for additional improvement in pigmentation spots. The improvement continues for weeks to months after treatment, as continued collagen production and remodelling occurs.

The Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser is the best treatment for a range of conditions, including:

  1. dark pigmentation spots and sun damage, including melasma (pigmentation of pregnancy)
  2. fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and lips
  3. improvement of skin tone and texture on the face & neck, décolletage and back of the hands
  4. acne scars
  5. surgical scars & stretch marks

Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser treatments are performed using a topical local anaesthetic cream and the treatment usually takes about 20-30 minutes in Dr Charles Cope’s Sydney surgery. After the treatment, your skin will feel like you have a mild sunburn for 1-2 hours, though you can apply makeup and shave immediately after the treatment. *You may experience mild redness or puffiness for a few days after the treatment, a bit like windburn when you ski.

*Some patients can return to routine activities (including work and social events) the same day, while some require 1-2 days off, so we recommend having the treatment on Friday and then returning to work on Monday.

*The Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser is a non-ablative laser offering highly predictable results with minimal downtime, giving significant improvement in acne and surgical scars, fine lines, pigmentation problems, and textural improvement on the face, neck, décolletage and backs of the hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HALO laser?

The Halo™ is the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL), which delivers non-ablative (1470nm) and ablative (2940nm) wavelengths to the same treatment zone to maximize clinical results and minimize downtime – the treatment is more effective with less downtime compared to other traditional non-ablative lasers.

Who is a good candidate for HALO laser?

The Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser is the best treatment for a range of conditions, including wrinkles, dark pigmentation spots and sun damage (Including melasma). The Halo™ laser improves skin tone and texture on the face & neck, décolletage and back of the hands, and is the best laser for treatment of acne scarring, surgical scars and stretch marks.

What areas can be treated with HALO laser?

The most common areas are the face & neck, décolletage and back of the hands, although anywhere on the body can be treated.

What does HALO do?

Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser works by treating a fraction of the skin’s surface (approximately 20-25% per treatment) - microscopic points of light penetrate the skin’s surface, with each spot surrounded by healthy tissue, allowing rapid healing, stimulating collagen production after the treatment. The improvement continues for weeks to months after treatment, as continued collagen production and remodelling occurs.

When is the best time to have HALO laser?

After Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser you need to avoid significant sun exposure for at least one month to minimise the chance of pigmentation change in the skin after the procedure – this is easier in the winter months.

How many treatments will give me the optimal result?

Usually there are 2-3 treatments which are spaced 4 weeks apart, with Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser sometimes being combined with BBL for additional improvement in pigmentation spots or melasma.

Will my skin require preparation before?

For the best result with Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser no sun tanning or direct sun exposure should occur for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment, and apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to the treatment area. A medical grade skin regime is required for all treatments for one month before the treatment to prepare the skin for treatment, enhance treatment results and lower the risks of post-treatment complications

What do I need to do immediately before the treatment?

Do not apply fake tan 1 week prior to treatment. If you have a history of cold sores then you need to take a 4-day course of Valtrex starting the day before the surgery.

Is it painful? Will I need local anaesthetic or other medication?

Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser treatments feel like a hot, prickly feeling. Topical local anaesthetic will be applied before the Halo™ treatment, which minimises this sensation, and cold air is blown onto the skin during the treatment, which also helps. Most people manage without pain medications, but some people take Panadol or other medications before the Halo™ treatment.

What do I need to do immediately after the treatment?

After the treatment, your skin will feel like you have a sunburn, though you can apply makeup and shave immediately after the treatment. You need to rest and not exercise for 1-2 days, and avoid heat or sun exposure.

Do I need to take time off work?

*You will experience mild redness or puffiness for a few days after the treatment, a bit like windburn when you ski.

*Some patients can return to routine activities (including work and social events) the same day, while some require a few days off, so we recommend having the treatment on Friday and then returning to work on Monday.

What do I need to do in the weeks after my treatment?

It is important to wear sunscreen and avoid significant sun exposure for at least one month after Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser to minimise the chance of pigmentation change after the procedure. Medical grade skin care both before and afterwards will also minimise this risk and help achieve the best possible result.

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