Long term sun exposure, active lifestyle and the wear and tear of everyday living results in visible signs of skin aging, including wrinkles, discoloration, scars and laxity. A fractional treatment, whether ablative or coagulative, allows the epidermis to heal quickly as long as the dermis remains intact.
Halo by Sciton is a hybrid fractional laser that delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to the same or different microscopic treatment zones to provide ablative results, with non-ablative downtime. The unique dual wavelengths deliver an unprecedented ability to customize treatments for each individual. Every patient has different needs in terms of sun damage and downtime. With Halo, you can have the best of both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths. Allowing us to precisely dial in the exact treatment patients need for amazing results within the desired downtime. Halo provides an unmatched patient experience in the world of laser resurfacing.
The combination of low downtime, amazing results, and an easy, comfortable treatment makes for extremely happy patients.
Scar revision (including acne scars)
Signs of aging
Improves appearance of enlarged pores
Medical dermatology/Actinic Keratoses
Avoid natural sun exposure and tanning beds for 2 weeks prior to treatment
Avoid self tanner, spray tan or any lotions that contain gradual tanners for 2 weeks prior to treatment
Patients with a history of cold sores should be taking antiviral medications (valtrex) for 5 days starting on the day prior to treatment
To decrease the risk of bruising, we recommend avoiding the following for 3 days prior to your treatment (unless medically contraindicated):
Herbal supplements: Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Garlic, Ginkgo, Ginseng
Any supplements or medication that increases the chances of blood thinning
We recommend pretreating the skin with nightly retinol for 30 days prior to treatment and discontinuing retinol 7 days prior to treatment.
Arrive to the office with the treatment area clean and free of makeup, lotions, creams or products prior to treatment.
Use a mild cleanser for 1-2 weeks (Cetaphil or product recommended by your provider) and a plain moisturizer (Cereve or ZO Hydrating Cream)
Do not pick, peel or rub treated areas as this may cause scarring. Aquaphor (or a product recommended by your provider) can be applied to dry areas.
Cool water compress or ice packs can be applied to the treated area if desired.
Arnica gel or tablets can be used to reduce bruising and swelling
Avoid vigorous exercise, heat, saunas, hot tubs, swimming pools and sweaty activities for 48 hours
Avoid natural sun exposure and tanning beds for 2 weeks post treatment
If treated for rosacea: avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and caffeine for 24 hours
Avoid exfoliating agents (retinoic acid, tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc) for 7 days.
Normal skin care regimen can resume in 7 days.
Do not receive additional skin treatments (lasers, microneedling, facial, etc) or any treatment in the treatment area for 2-4 weeks. Please discuss with your provider for a treatment plan.
Yes, the contraindications for Halo include:
Pregnancy or breastfeeding
Recent sun exposure (in the last 2 weeks) or use of self tanners
Patients who have a history of abnormal response to sunlight
Patients who use photo-sensitizing medications or drugs
Patients who have used isotretinoin (Accutane) within the
last 6-12 months
Patients who have medical conditions that may affect wound healing
Patients who use anticoagulant medication or heavy aspirin use
Patients with a history of skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma
Patients with a history of herpes simplex
Patients who have a history of keloid scar formation
Patient who are Skin Type VI
Neurotoxin injections in the treatment area in the last 2 weeks
Dermal fillers in treatment area in the last 30 days
Patients that have experienced a previous adverse reaction
to an Halo treatment.
Post treatment you can expect the following:
Mild redness (may feel like a sunburn) and swelling for
Textured skin, similar to fine sandpaper, known as MENDS (micro epidermal necrotic debris) that will appear between day 1-3 post treatment.
Acne-prone patients may experience acne breakouts post treatment
You will see initial results between 2-5 days after your treatment known as the “Halo glow” but skin will continue to improve over time. Patients see the greatest improvement after 2-3 weeks followed by a dermal regeneration phase that continues to improve for months.
Results will last for years to come, but the continued aging of your face and the exposure to natural and artificial light will affect how long your results last.
The number of treatments will depend on your skin and your desired results. Your provider will discuss and customize a treatment for your individual needs. On average, patients will receive 1-2 aggressive treatments or have multiple “mini” or less aggressive treatments over a longer period of time.
Complications, though rare, can occur and should be discussed and understood. The patient must understand the importance of the post care instructions, and that failure to comply may increase the potential for complications.
Scarring, though rare, can occur following any intense light procedure.
Histamine/Hives: some patients develop raised urticaria similar to hives. This irritation usually subsides in a few hours.
Pigmentary changes: hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation may occur. There is a higher risk in darker skin types.
Swelling around the eyes and bridge of nose may occur immediately after a Halo treatment and may remain for 24-48 hours.
Contact our office immediately if you notice these symptoms at 617-658-3421.
For a true aesthetic emergency after office hours, contact Ashley Hilmes at 509-714-6889 or for a medical emergency, please call 911.
Consultations at Vega Vitality are complimentary and always encouraged! This gives you an opportunity to meet with one of our aesthetic providers and discuss one on one your aesthetic goals and desired outcomes. Our providers will listen to your concerns, answer questions, explain options and together, develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Yes! Vega Vitality uses multiple rewards programs for botox and dermal fillers through our pharmaceutical companies. Get the most out of your visit by signing up ahead of time or asking your provider for details at your next appointment.
Allergan’s program: Brilliant Distinctions (can be found in the App store).
Galderma’s program: Aspire.
Revanesse’s program: Prollenium.
Unfortunately, there is no rewards or loyalty program