HALO® Laser Skin Resurfacing

At our Toronto plastic surgery practice, Ford Plastic Surgery offers medical spa services such as the Sciton® HALO® laser system to treat visible signs of aging, scars and acne scars, dark spots, melasma, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, and veins on the face, neck, chest, and body. HALO is designed for men and women of all ages and skin types to achieve dramatic skin rejuvenation effects with just a few treatments. 

HALO® Laser Skin Resurfacing
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Before & After HALO® Laser Skin Resurfacing Case 246 Right Side View in Toronto, ON
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This patient was treated with the HALO laser to address signs of aging. Her results are shown 1 month after 1 treatment. Photos courtesy of Dermatology & Laser Center of Chapel Hill 
Before & After HALO® Laser Skin Resurfacing Case 248 Front View in Toronto, ON
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This patient was treated with BBL and HALO for melasma and sun damage on her face. Results are shown 2 months after 1 treatment. Photos courtesy of Sarah Hamilton FACE
Before & After HALO® Laser Skin Resurfacing Case 249 Left Oblique View in Toronto, ON
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This patient was treated with BBL and HALO for dark spots, fine lines, and redness on her face. Her results are shown 6 1/2 months after 2 treatments. Photos courtesy of Sarah Hamilton FACE
Before & After HALO® Laser Skin Resurfacing Case 253 Left Oblique View in Toronto, ON
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This patient was treated with a combination of BBL and HALO on his face to address age spots, sun damage, and wrinkles. His results are shown 2 months after 1 treatment. Photos courtesy of Scott W. Silverhus, MD

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Is HALO®?

HALO is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, which means it delivers both ablative and non-ablative laser energy to the skin, allowing for both gentle and more aggressive skin treatments that can be customized to suit your skincare needs. Depending on your skin’s needs, your HALO treatment can be customized to precisely target visible signs of aging and damage on the skin to reveal healthy, rejuvenated skin with less downtime than traditional fractional laser treatments.

Ablative laser energy targets the skin’s outer layers, and the non-ablative laser energy penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin. This combination of ablative and non-ablative laser energy helps resurface skin, resulting in improved texture and tone. HALO enables you to achieve great results with minimal downtime.

What Can HALO Treat?

HALO laser therapy is used to improve the health and appearance of skin on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs, including:

  • Dull, uneven skin tone
  • Large pores
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Scars and acne scarring
  • Brown spots and redness
  • Sun damage
  • Melasma

HALO is best for patients who have mild to moderate skin discoloration, sun damage, and signs of aging on the face, neck, or body. For patients who have milder skin concerns, we recommend BBL laser rejuvenation treatments. Chemical peels are also useful for addressing melasma and sun damage. HALO can be combined with Morpheus8 RF microneedling to lift and tighten lax skin.

During your consultation, your provider will perform an assessment of your skin and will then recommend a customized treatment to suit your skin concerns.

What Is a HALO Treatment Like?

HALO laser resurfacing treatments are minimally invasive, and treatments typically take 1 ½ hours to complete, depending on the number and depth of areas being treated.

Before your HALO treatment, your clinician will prep your skin and apply a numbing cream 1 hour before your treatment. Your skin is then cleansed to prep it for treatment. Eye protection will be provided during the treatment. The HALO device is then applied to the area to be treated, sending pulses of laser light into the deep layers of skin tissue.

Most patients indicate HALO treatments feel warm at the treatment area and slightly prickly. Your clinician will use numbing cream before the treatment to improve your comfort during the treatment.

How Long Is the Recovery Process?

Recovery from HALO is much quicker than traditional fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments. Most people are able to return to their daily activities within a few days. While you can expect some redness initially, you will start to see results within a few weeks after your treatment.

For the first 24 hours, follow your clinician’s instructions to protect your skin from the sun and harsh elements.

Depending on the depth of the treatment, your skin will be red and swollen like a sunburn for several hours. The swelling can last 2-3 days after treatment, depending on how your skin heals.

You will see very little change to your skin initially, but the results will start to appear within few days. As your skin heals, it will start to take on a “bronzed” or “coffee ground” appearance that will fade over the course of about 5 days and the treated skin will peel. These can be covered with makeup. Fresh, new skin will start to be revealed over the next few weeks.

Your skin will be especially sensitive to the sun initially, so it is recommended that you apply sunscreen regularly and avoid prolonged sun exposure for several weeks after treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments needed depends on the amount of damage to your skin. You may undergo 1-2 aggressive HALO skin resurfacing treatments to restore your skin’s appearance quickly, or you may undergo 3-4 lighter HALO treatments over the course of several weeks to achieve long-lasting but subtle improvements over time. Your provider will design a customized treatment plan to suit your needs and budget.

We usually recommend annual follow-up treatments to maintain results.

Are you interested in learning more about HALO laser skin resurfacing? Request a consultation with our skincare team or call our Toronto office at (416) 925-7337 or our Oshawa office at (905) 743-9888.

What are the benefits of HALO Laser Skin Resurfacing?

You can notice a more balanced skin tone, improved radiance, reduced pore size, and smoother wrinkles.

What will my face look like after HALO?

After a HALO treatment, your face can appear red and feel warm, similar to a sunburn, for about a week. As healing progresses, you will notice an improved skin texture and tone, with reduced wrinkles and dark spots.

Derek Ford, MD FRCSC Derek Ford, MD FRCSC

Caroline Watson, Aesthetician

With a passion for skin care nurtured by more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, Caroline uses her expertise to address each patient's unique needs. Besides performing nonsurgical treatments such as microneedling in the office, Caroline helps patients create at-home skincare regimens to maintain healthy, glowing skin.

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