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Everything You Need to Know about Halo at Glow

by Maria Casamatta |

What Sets Halo Apart From Other Lasers?

The Sciton Halo is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser that is uniquely designed to deliver both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to the skin - making it the best of both worlds.

 After one or two treatments, clients will see results including: 

  • Decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Decreased sun damage 
  • Even skin tone and reduction in sunspots, redness and pigmentation
  • Tighter more elastic skin
  • Decreased “orange peel” texture 
  • New and healthy collagen resulting in plumper looking skin 
  • Reduced appearance of pores 
  • Overall improvement in skin texture 
  • Reduction in hormonal pigmentation such as melasma 
  • Increased luminosity and clarity 

Ablative lasers are well established for being extremely effective at reducing wrinkles, removing pigmentation and minimizing scarring. Ablative lasers work by fully removing the top layer of skin, causing the skin to heal and restructure itself while promoting collagen. The downside of ablative lasers is that they can be very uncomfortable and require about 10 days of downtime. 

Non-ablative lasers are non-invasive and don’t require any downtime. They work by creating bulk-heating in the deeper layers of skin to stimulate collagen and improve skin tone and texture. Non-ablative lasers are very effective at treating discoloration in the skin such as melasma, dark spots, and redness but normally require several treatments for optimal results. 

With the Halo laser, there is no tradeoff between downtime and effectiveness. Halo sets the standard for laser resurfacing by delivering maximum results without the discomfort and downtime normally expected from fully ablative lasers. 

What Makes A Fractionated Laser Special?

Traditional lasers dating back to the 1980s and early 2000s vaporized skin tissues in a uniform, non-fractionated way - meaning that the entire surface of the skin was treated evenly. Although effective at treating many visible signs of aging, these lasers didn’t only remove damaged skin, but they removed healthy pigmented melanocytes as well. This contributed to the significant risk and downtime associated with laser resurfacing facials of the past. The C02 laser is an example of a non-fractionated, ablative laser.

With fractionated lasers, energy touches the skin in a pixelated fashion, like tiny dots that create a grid-like pattern over the skin. The areas between the dots remain untreated, leaving behind healthy pigment producing melanocytes, which helps the skin to heal faster and diminishes the risks associated with traditional laser resurfacing. 

How Does Halo Compare to Other Lasers on the Market?

The results of the HALO are unsurpassed when compared to other lasers. Skin is drastically rejuvenated as healthy levels of collagen and elastin are restored and a brighter, uniform complexion is achieved. 

Halo vs. Fraxel Duo

Similar to the Halo, the Fraxel Duo laser is an ablative resurfacing laser treatment that helps reduce visible signs of aging. The main difference between the two laser treatments is that Halo is the first hybrid fractional laser, meaning that you don’t only get ablative laser results, but non-ablative laser results as well. This makes the Halo treatment more efficient than the Fraxel Duo with less discomfort and downtime.

Halo vs. Clear and Brilliant

Halo and Clear and Brilliant both use a fractionated laser to deliver results. However, the Clear and Brilliant laser uses only a non-ablative laser, while Halo uses both ablative and non-ablative lasers. The Clear and Brilliant laser is effective at helping you achieve and maintain a healthy and glowing complexion through superficial resurfacing. But will require more treatments to maintain results. Additionally, the Halo resurfaces 5% of the skin while the Clear and Brilliant resurfaces 2-3%.

Halo vs. Forever Young BBL

Halo and Forever Young BBL differ in the way that they treat pigmentation in the skin. The Forever Young BBL uses multiple wavelengths of intense pulsed light (IPL) to target, heat and break down dark spots. The Halo uses proprietary laser technology to remove the damaged outer layers of skin, making way for healthier, youthful skin. While both treatments are effective at clearing pigmentation, the Halo provides a deep dermal rejuvenation by increasing collagen and elastin production. This means Halo results are achieved faster and with fewer treatments, while Forever Young BBL requires 4-6 treatments for optimal results.

How Much Does it Hurt?

For an ablative laser treatment, the Halo is a walk in the park. Naturally, certain areas of the face will feel more sensitive than others, such as around the eyes and close to the lips. But even this is tolerable and short lived. Most clients are able to apply makeup by day 4, after their MENDs have healed.

What are MENDs?

Microscopic epidermal necrotic debris, or MENDs, are part of the Halo healing process. They appear 2-3 days post treatment and look like coffee grinds on the skin. They are essentially your damaged or pigmented skin cells being shed. 

Will Halo Work For Me? 

Halo works on all skin types and skin tones. It’s motion-tracking technology scans the entire face and detects imperfections that sometimes are not even visible to the naket eye. Because of this, the Halo treatment is customizable to each person's needs. Your skin therapist will also control the intensity of the treatment based on your skin’s condition prior to treatment. 

Will Halo Work for Melasma? 

As you may well know, melasma is a tricky condition that is better managed than cured. Unlike other forms of pigmentation, melasma has a hormonal influence that sets it apart. Pregnancy, birth control pills, PCOS and thyroid dysfunction are all factors that may contribute to melasma. For this reason, melasma can reappear after treatment and can come and go throughout life. 

Despite this, Halo is extremely effective at treating melasma using its non-ablative setting. Melasma has been shown to respond better to low intensity settings of non-ablative wavelengths.  

What is “Orange Peel” Skin?  

Although we don’t love the term “orange peel”, the name does depict this concern perfectly - enlarged pores and a rough textured complexion where makeup doesn’t sit right and skin appears dehydrated. But what causes “orange peel” skin? Unsurprisingly, sun damage. Since UV damage breaks down the structural DNA of skin over time, “orange peel” skin is essentially your skin’s structure collapsing which causes pores to appear enlarged. Halo addresses textural problems in the skin through collagen synthesis. 

Final Thoughts on Halo

For those looking for a complete facial rejuvenation with minimal downtime, Halo is the most effective and efficient laser technology on the market. We are so excited to offer it at Glow because we have listened to your needs and pride ourselves on providing you with the best treatments for your most reported concerns. Countless hours of research, education and training have gone into our decision to offer Halo over other lasers at Glow. 


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