April 5, 2024

How the Halo Laser Can Improve the Appearance of Sun Damage on the Face and Body

Get Glowing with Halo!

Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, Board Certified facial plastic surgeon and founder of 8 West Clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia sees numerous patients at his clinic from all walks of life. Regardless of age, gender or race, his patients seemingly have one thing in common; the unanimous desire to keep and maintain a youthful, glowing complexion.Introducing Halo; a groundbreaking hybrid fractionated laser treatment that can improve your skin in as little as one treatment. “Halo is the first fractional hybrid laser that combines both ablative and non-ablative technology in unison,” says Dr. Buonassisi. What does this mean for your skin? The technology behind Halo can deliver substantial improvements to the skin, targeting texture, wrinkles, pigmentation and more.Currently, 8 West Clinic is one of only a few establishments in the lower mainland offering this exclusive, cutting-edge procedure, and the demand for the Halo Laser Treatment is quickly growing.[caption id="attachment_9752" align="aligncenter" width="584"]

Before and After Halo Hybrid Fractionated Treatment

Angie's melasma before Halo and her results 10 days later with no camouflaging makeup used.[/caption]

What Can Halo Do For Your Skin?

Generally, one of the biggest downsides to conventional laser rejuvenation is the significant disturbance it can cause to the skin. Traditional lasers like the CO2 require lengthy downtime and may induce side effects such as:

  • Redness and irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Discolouration
  • Itching

Although inconvenient and often uncomfortable, ablative laser technology does provide dramatic results in the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and more.On the flip side, the option of less aggressive, non-ablative treatments are also available. A series of appointments spaced 4-6 weeks apart are required and the effects accumulate slower over the course of the treatments.The beauty of the Halo Hybrid Fractionated Laser is that it combines both technologies and provides noticeable improvements in as little as one treatment with minimal downtime.Halo lasers are fully customizable and can be programmed to target the exact concerns one has regarding the condition of their skin.Some common treatable concerns include:

  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Pigmentation
  • Tone and texture
  • Skin clarity
  • Pore reduction

The Halo laser targets isolated pixels of the skin. The benefit of this is little to no downtime, similar to a non-ablative procedure, while still achieving the dramatic results of ablative resurfacing.

What To Expect

Most people describe the sensation of Halo as almost painless; feeling mildly prickly and warm, yet completely tolerable, unlike many other laser devices on the market.To ensure the comfort of the patient, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area approximately 30-45 minutes prior to the start of the procedure.Following a Halo treatment, patients can expect to develop M.E.N.D's during the healing process which is an acronym for:

  • Microscopic
  • Epithelial
  • Necrotic
  • Debris

“The pixels of skin, targeted during a Halo session appear on the treated area within 24 hours” says Suzanne Power, Senior Medical Esthetician at 8 West Clinic. “Imagine the look of tiny coffee grinds or minuscule freckles sporadically surrounding the treated area. Typically M.E.N.D's resides on the surface of the skin for approximately 4-6 days before simply flaking off” she explains.The result? Clear, bright, glowing skin; smooth in texture and clear in tone. Fine lines which may have once plagued your skin will be reduced and the pigmentation of your skin can be expected to appear more consistent and even. “With a healthy skin regimen and sun protection, the results of a Halo treatment can last for years” says Suzanne. “However, the consistent use of proper UV protection is extremely important” she explains. “The effects of UV rays are not only hazardous to the overall health of your skin, they are also the number one cause of premature aging.”Dr. Buonassisi and his team at 8 West Clinic are thrilled with the response from their clientele. “It's truly an amazing treatment,” says Suzanne. “Some of the results that our patients have received have been life-changing.” From acne scars to enhancing your natural radiance, Halo can take years off the look of your skin, leaving your complexion unmistakably restored.

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