With our medical spa growing and bustling in our new 5,000 square-feet facility in Yorkville, I had to purchase another option for laser skin resurfacing for our Toronto-area patients in order to meet their demands. I chose Sciton® for 3 main reasons:
1. We had already been working with their previous Sciton Erbium laser and I had been—and still am—very happy with the technology, the safety, and the results.
2. The new Halo platform has several handpieces to address ALL the issues seen in an aesthetic practice.
3. It is safe on all skin types AND over the neck, décolleté and hands.
The newest and most sophisticated Halo platform is comprised of several advanced technologies. This blog post will focus on the first one:
1. Hybrid dual-wavelength fractional laser
2. Forever Young BBL™
3. Forever Clear BBL™
4. Forever Bare BBL™
Hybrid Dual-Wavelength Fractional Laser
Repair and rejuvenate! Sciton has developed the world’s first hybrid fractional laser that targets both the dermis and epidermis, where unwanted pigments and wrinkles are located. That means this technology treats the same anatomic area with 2 different wavelengths (2,940 nm and 1,470 nm) in one single pulse, one ablative but fractionated and one non-ablative, addressing more than one issue at a single time and in a very uniform pattern.
Being fractionated, the downtime is minimal. Treatments are performed after a topical anesthetic cream has been applied. A constant temperature monitoring assures safety of the treatment. An advanced cooling system is in place to make the treatment more comfortable. Compared to other technologies, the Halo laser includes built-in software that measures how fast the handpiece is moving relative to the skin and adjusts scanning speed to guarantee a more uniform, even treatment. This capability, called dynamic thermal optimization (DTO), continually measures skin temperature and automatically changes the energy density and pulse width so that the laser is always tuned to the desired specifications.
HALO fractionated treatment will address:
- Sun damage
- Visible signs of aging
- Uneven skin tone
- Appearance of enlarged pores
- Poor texture
- Sebaceous hyperplasia
- Appearance of fine lines
- Appearance of scars
- Restores the skin’s youthful glow
Here is what Dr. DuPéré shared about HALO with Global News in Toronto – Morning Show:
Here is Dr. DuPéré and Master Esthetician Gabriela’s client who shared her experience with HALO. She here shares the procedure and the changes she saw during her recovery period. Don’t be scared: the red is our famous PRP – platelet-rich plasma – which enhance the results and helps to heal faster.
As mentioned, Halo skin resurfacing is commonly done under topical anesthesia. But it is often used intraoperatively on many patients undergoing a general anesthetic procedure (facelift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, etc.) and the secondary downtime of their procedure will take the opportunity to rejuvenate their face at the same time.
Most of us in the laser business won’t use fractional CO2 laser (a competitor technology) on the neck, chest or hands— as we have seen too many complications—burns, scars, discoloration, etc. But with the Halo, having the ability to use a little bit of ablation for some of those difficult lesions on the neck, chest and hands gives us, plastic surgeons, the comfort to provide these treatments safely and effectively.
Here is another VISAGE Clinic client who gladly shared her experience with HALO:
The Halo device works well for all skin types.
For safe, light rejuvenation in patients with darker skin, we can adjust the 1,470 nm non-ablative mode downward to a very low level of microns and coverage. The 1,470 nm (between 0 and 700 um) is for coagulation in the epidermis and superficial dermis which allows tightening but also regeneration of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and blood vessels.
For acne scars, because the 2,940 nm wavelength is even more colorblind, that may be even safer than other lasers on all skin types. The 2940 nm (erbium:YAG) wavelength is usually used for full ablation but the new Halo laser uses it in a fractionated form (from 0 to 100 um) to reduce downtime.
We are so delighted to now offer the same efficacy and safety of treatment now at VISAGE and with less down-time.
Dr. Marc DuPéré, medical director and owner, VISAGE plastic surgery Center, Laser and MedSpa