Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser best provider in Columbus, Ohio is Mary Beth Mudd, M.D. who introduced the procedure to the state. Dr. Mudd has produced two studies on its effects for presentation to the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
What is Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser?
Halo® is a new category of fractional laser that is referred to as “Hybrid Fractional Laser” or HFL that combines two pulsed wavelengths the promote both a surface effect while getting deeper, broader results where many skin problems are but without the long recovery time and extensive healing associated with deeper skin laser therapies.
How does Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser work?
Up to now lasers have basically worked in one of two categories. Ablative lasers work by removing layers of skin. The treatments are more involved, have some bleeding, are more extensive, and better long term results. You have fewer sessions but more downtime. However, ablative lasers require lots of healing (If any of you have seen my pictures in the hallway at New You or my comparison pictures at My Halo® Story and My Halo® Story 2.0 where I compare my fractional laser to the same day effects of Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser you know what I mean.) and you have to wear that heavy “goop” to protect your skin. Your skin appears very red and it feels hot for days or weeks afterward depending on how deep the treatment goes.
Non-ablative lasers is the second category and these lasers work by generating heat down into the skin. The treatments are easier and there is no bleeding. However because the skin is less challenged the results are limited and more subtle. You have more sessions, and less downtime, but also limited results.
The other problem with fractional (ablative) lasers is that there is always the problem of over/under treatment; go too fast and areas are skipped, go too slow and you over treat. Halo has built-in software that measures how fast the hand-piece I use is moving relative to your skin and adjusts the scanning speed to guarantee a uniform treatment. This capability is called “dynamic thermal optimization”(DTO). (1) It continually measures your skin temperature and automatically changes the laser’s density and pulse so the laser’s output always stays aligned to the desired specifications. Think of it like a gyroscope that keeps your Halo treatment in balance all the time. This uniformity also means that Halo works well with patients of all skin types and is effective on acne scars. (2)
Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser combines the best of both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths together in one pulsed application. At 2940 nm wavelength, the ablative part of Halo® can work on removing superficial skin at 0-100 microns, to make room for newer, fresher skin replacement. At the 1470nm wavelength Halo® works at 200-700 microns and targets deep skin pigmentation problems as well as stimulates collagen and elastin production and new skin cells.
Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser works by creating channels in the skin much like when you aerate your lawn. These channels that are created in your skin focuses cell development in hard to treat areas, resulting in rapid growth and increased healing factors. The surrounding skin “tailgates” on these channels getting a “free ride” as the healing factors that are created in the channels generalize to the untreated skin.