Reverse Signs of Aging with Halo
Aging may be an inevitable process, but you don’t have to accept the telltale signs of aging as they come. Whether you are worried about wrinkles, skin laxity or the appearance of those brown spots affectionately referred to as “age” spots, there are treatments to minimize these issues and produce a more youthful appearance overall. One of the anti-aging procedures available at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery is the Sciton Halo laser, which combines two different technologies to create a treatment that leads the pack in terms of safety and efficacy.
The revolutionary Halo laser isn’t just for aging concerns. This procedure is frequently requested by our younger patients looking for a way to eliminate nagging skin issues and create a fresher, clearer complexion. No matter what your age or your cosmetic concerns might be, the Halo laser may be the right treatment for you.
How Aging Affects the Skin
Aging is a process that is impacted by more than just time. Sun exposure, environmental pollutants and the skin care products you use – or don’t use – can also play a role. The changes you see in the skin’s outer appearance begin deep beneath the surface, within the dermal structure. It is here that collagen and elastin depletion lead to skin laxity, the formation of wrinkles and the dull, tired tone your skin might take on over time. Sun exposure is a primary culprit in other visible signs of aging like brown spots that occur when UV rays affect the melanin in the skin.
The Halo laser can address all of these issues, creating a more youthful look and feel to the skin from the inside out.
Types of Laser Treatments
When it comes to cosmetic skin treatments, there are two basic types of lasers to consider:
Non-ablative lasers work in the underlying dermal layers without damaging the surface of the skin. By heating the internal structure, these treatments offer skin tightening and collagen production that creates a more radiant appearance over time. These less invasive lasers offer a comfortable procedure that does not typically require anesthesia or downtime. The downsides to non-ablative treatments include the limited results they can offer and the need for repeated treatment sessions to achieve and maintain those results.
Ablative lasers provide more invasive treatments that remove outer dermal layers to reveal smoother, clearer skin underneath. The devices can be precise in the number of dermal layers they remove to produce the best possible results without unnecessary and excessive trauma to the skin. These procedures are usually performed using anesthesia and involve a recovery period afterward so that the skin can heal. The advantage is that ablative procedures produce dramatic, long-lasting results in a single treatment session.
When Two is Better than One
The Halo laser is the first hybrid laser to combine non-ablative and ablative treatments into a single procedure. In just one treatment session, you reap the dramatic results of an ablative treatment without the discomfort and downtime. Laser energy is delivered in narrow pulses to much deeper layers of dermis than are typically reached with non-ablative treatments, but without trauma to surrounding tissue or the outer dermis to shorten your recovery. The fractional technology of the Halo allows us to work at the precise skin depth you need to achieve the outcome you want.
Treatment Benefits of the Halo Laser
Because the Halo combines the best of both worlds in laser treatments, it can address a broad range of skin concerns:
- Shallow scarring from acne, injury or surgery
- Fine lines and deeper facial creases
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven texture and dull, tired skin tone
- Pigmentation, such as brown spots and freckles
- Vascular lesions and spider veins
- Skin laxity
Dr. Mordkovich will assess your concerns and desired outcome to determine whether the Halo laser is the right treatment for you. With a variety of nonsurgical anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatments at his disposal, Dr. Mordkovich is equipped to tailor your treatment to your precise needs. If the Halo laser is not ideal for you, he will suggest an alternative treatment that will offer you the results you want.
How does Halo work?
Before your Halo laser treatment, we will apply a topical numbing cream to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure and you will wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light. The handpiece glides over the skin during your session, delivering the laser technologies simultaneously for a smooth and efficient process. Integrated cooling is used to help your skin maintain a comfortable temperature even as the laser heats the underlying dermal layers to produce the desired effect.
Halo is a customizable treatment that can be programmed to different skin depths depending on the level of correction you require. The process may take just a few minutes or up to an hour to complete, depending on how much skin surface we will cover during your appointment.
Minimal Downtime, Long-Lasting Results
Downtime after a Halo laser treatment is minimal, with most patients returning to their regular activities within a few days. Specific recovery time will be dependent on the depth of your treatment, with deeper procedures taking longer to heal from overall. During the recovery process, your skin may be red and tender. It is essential that you keep freshly treated skin out of the sun since it is extremely vulnerable to burning and other damage during this time.
Once your skin heals, you will start to see the benefits of your Halo laser treatment. Skin will be smoother and suppler, with a visible reduction in lines, scarring and pigmentation issues. Those results will continue to improve in the weeks following your treatment and will likely last many months. You can schedule Halo laser treatments once or twice a year to keep your healthy glow indefinitely.
The Halo laser is taking laser skin rejuvenation to the next level with a combination of technologies designed to produce the best possible results. To schedule your consultation and learn more about this innovative treatment, contact Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery 201-751-9490.