5 Common Myths About Halo Laser Resurfacing

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on August 17, 2021

Who could blame you for being confused?

When someone mentions “lasers” and “face” in the same sentence, it’s hard not to get images in your head straight out of science fiction. It may even be scary to think about.

But with recent technological advancements, our old fears about laser facial resurfacing treatments no longer apply.
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New hybrid treatments––such as the Halo laser treatment––are safe, effective, and comfortable, and they can give you that youthful glow without the risks of older laser treatments.

Having said that, let’s clear up a few of the most common myths about Halo laser resurfacing.


Myth #1: Halo Laser Treatments Are Harsh on Your Skin

Like any laser resurfacing treatment, Halo uses heat energy to promote new collagen growth.

However, the difference between Halo and some of its predecessors comes down to something called ablative resurfacing.

  • Ablative laser treatments (the ones most people are familiar with) vaporize the outer layers of your skin to destroy cells and promote new growth. 
  • Non-Ablative lasers heat up the underlying deep layers of your skin to rejuvenate it and promote new collagen and elastin growth from the inside out.

Old laser treatments were only ablative, but Halo is a hybrid that uses both ablative and non-ablative technology to minimize the damage to your skin while also customizing the treatment depending on your skin concerns.

As a result, it doesn't have the same harsh side effects as traditional ablative-only lasers. Plus, it can address a wide range of concerns from deep- to surface-level.

Myth #2: The Halo Treatment Is Painful

The Halo treatment is actually quite comfortable, especially compared to laser treatments of the past.

Your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic for any potential discomfort, and the laser itself has a cooling mechanism that helps reduce the feeling of heat from the laser.

And to ensure even treatment across your skin, your doctor will measure your skin with a motion tracker. Then, they’ll glide the Halo handpiece across your face until the system recognizes that your treatment for that area is uniform, comfortable, and complete.

Halo is usually described as a mild heat with a tingling sensation. Most patients experience minimal or no discomfort. 

Myth #3: It’s the Same as Other Laser Resurfacing Techniques

Other laser treatments can be painful and have long downtimes.

Because Halo laser resurfacing combines both epidermal (deep tissue) and dermal (surface level) rejuvenation, it improves the benefits of your laser treatment while simultaneously cutting down on discomfort and recovery times.

Old laser treatments were intrusive and worked with an overly-powerful, one-size-fits-all laser. The experience was painful, had a high risk of scarring, and only worked with light skin types. Halo, on the other hand, is precise, customizable, scar-free. Additionally, it works on darker skin types as well as lighter skin.

Myth #4: Halo has Bad Side Effects

The worst side effects you’re likely to experience are a bit of warmth on your face for about thirty minutes after treatment, and a bit of peeling as your old skin falls off and your new skin resurfaces.

And even those extremely mild side effects can be mitigated––you can customize the treatment to fit your needs, so if you want to get back to your normal routine as soon as possible, you can get a light treatment that will revitalize your skin and be ready for wearing makeup the next day.

If you get a more intense deeper-level treatment, you could experience an even more dramatic improvement with only a week of downtime.

Either way, you should take extra care to protect your skin as your collagen regenerates for a week after treatment.

A few other things to be prepared for immediately following treatment:

  • Your skin will peel within the first 24 hours.
  • You can resume normal activities after 24 hours.
  • Your skin will have a lightly bronzed appearance 5-7 days after treatment.
  • Your complexion will improve over the course of the following week.

Myth #5: Halo Isn’t Worth the Investment

As a complete skin rejuvenation treatment, it’s hard not to make the case for investing in Halo laser resurfacing. Halo is proven to:

  • Improve the overall texture and tone of your skin
  • Remove discoloration
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Reduce pore size
  • Add a healthy glow
  • Get rid of acne scars
  • Improve dull skin
  • Smooth out the wrinkles around your eyes and mouth

And the beauty of the Halo is that you can choose the best number of treatments to meet your skincare goals. You can have just a couple of more intense treatments (and experience slightly more downtime) or spread it out over multiple easier treatments to get the same results over a longer period of time.

You will see continual improvements in your complexion over the course of months and the results will last for years to come.

Love Your Skin With Halo Laser Resurfacing

With so many recent advances in laser resurfacing technology, it’s no wonder that certain myths still float around about laser treatments. However, you can feel confident knowing the Halo laser is safe, offers shorter healing times, and is less expensive than outdated laser treatments.    Blonde woman smiling with hands over her head

At Proffer Surgical Associates, we understand how scary and confusing laser resurfacing can be. That’s why we customize each treatment to fit your needs and explain the process in as clear and simple terms as possible.

With Halo, it’s easier than ever to turn back time and reduce signs of aging. Schedule a consultation so we can learn your goals with your appearance and see how we can help you.

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Topics: Skin care, Spa, HALO