It can be used to treat skin pigmentation, uneven skin contours, scarring, lines & wrinkles, sun damage and more.
The dual-wavelength nature of the laser means that there are two colours of light used during the treatment session. One wavelength (Erbium:YAG) is used to vaporize skin and the other wavelength heats the skin. This combination is believed to eliminate problem skin by vaporizing it and at the same time using the other colour of light to heat and tighten.
What happens during treatment?
Usually an anesthetic cream or injections are used to numb the skin prior to the procedures. During the treatment the handpiece is rolled over the skin while the laser energy is deposited into the skin. This can be uncomfortable hence numbing agents are always used.
Is there really less downtime with this procedure?
Well, that is a good question and the simple answer is the more downtime you have afterwards, the better the results you will have. If there is little to no downtime, you will have very little in terms of results. Other lasers like the Fractional CO2 laser (the gold standard in skin resurfacing) can leave you will very little downtime, depending on the treatment settings, but you will also have very little results. There is no magic laser that can give you amazing results with little to no downtime, it’s just not possible regardless of what the marketing brochures may tell you.
How many treatments are required?
As with Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, more treatments will give you better results. One session can be adequate for someone with mild skin issues, but for those people who need more change, more treatments may be required. We always let our patients know that improvements after fractional CO2 laser is gradual and if you need more improvement, we need more sessions to achieve that permanent result.
Are results long-lasting?
As with Fractional CO2 resurfacing, results are permanent and do not need to be repeated at regular intervals if you are happy with the appearance of your skin. Clearly your skin will age over time and further treatments may be desirable down the road, but once the skin looks good, these results are indeed permanent and long-lasting.
Who will perform my Halo Laser Treatment in Kelowna?
We do not have a “Halo” laser at our Kelowna clinic. We use other devices that we feel are superior to the Halo laser in terms of results you will see afterwards. Dr. Crippen prefers the gold standard Fractional CO2 ablative devices because they offer optimal results and have many years of research and study behind them. We use this device all the time and our patients are exceptionally happy with their results. Do your research before selecting the right procedure for you.
The Halo laser is simply a marketing name for an Ebium and IR laser device. We have all these devices but choose to use them individually depending on the specific situation. Additionally, at DermMedica, Dr. Crippen performs all fractional CO2 laser treatments.
Dr. Crippen is certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery in Cosmetic Procedures and has extensive experience with many different laser modalities and devices. Make sure your treatment is performed by a qualified physician who uses CO2 devices regularly to ensure the best results possible.
If you would like to read more about fractional CO2 technology and the decades of research behind them, follow this link. Alternatively, just give us a call and we’ll give you the coles notes.
“Fractional CO2 resurfacing represents one of the most useful devices produced by 50 years of research into laser-cutaneous interactions. Patients can expect excellent results with few complications. Additional research will further improve our ability to provide the best of care for our patients.”