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Halo hybrid fractional laser for skin resurfacing in Lexington MA

Over time, sun exposure and the natural aging process causes our skin to lose its youthful glow. As a result, your body may develop sun spots, fine lines, and lose that natural healthy glow. Sciton’s Halo is the only hybrid fractional laser, delivering precise results with less downtime by combining the benefits of ablative and non-ablative wavelengths. No other laser currently on the market produces such dramatic results without prolonged downtime.

IPL BBL Photofacial in Lexington, MA

To understand the power of Halo, you first have to understand the rationale for laser skin resurfacing, and the differences between ablative vs non-ablative technology.


What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a well-established treatment to reduce age spots, wrinkles, blemishes and scars, balance skin tone, and tighten skin. It works by removing layers of skin.

Laser skin resurfacing at Face Forward Medical Aesthetics Medical Spa in Lexington MA

What is a ‘fractional’ laser?

The first techniques involved a CO2 laser. CO2 resurfacing proved that treating entire skin surface with a wide laser beam achieved dramatic results, but at significant cost (pain and downtime). It turns out that treating just a fraction of the skin surface by creating a grid of thousands of microscopic laser beams achieves similar results with less downtime. The concept is similar to the effect of aerating your lawn to promote healthy growth without digging up the entire lawn.

What is ablative vs non-ablative skin resurfacing?

Laser treatment is considered ablative when it removes some outer layers of skin. Traditional CO2 lasers did deep ablative resurfacing, but required general anesthesia and had >2 weeks downtime. Erbium YAG lasers are also ablative.

Non-ablative lasers pass through the skin layers without removing them, achieving less discomfort and requiring only topical anesthetics.


Halo combines the best characteristics of all laser skin resurfacing technology.


Halo is a hybrid fractional laser, using both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths. This allows for great results with minimal downtime.


Halo benefits:

  • Customizable treatment to precisely target skin damage

  • Improvement in the appearance of tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles

  • Reduces pore size and increases reflectivity and glow

  • Flexibility in treatment levels and downtime

Who is a candidate for Halo?

Halo is appropriate for:

  • Discoloration

  • Sun damage

  • Visible signs of aging

  • Uneven skin tone

  • Enlarged pores

  • Poor texture

  • Fine lines*

  • Scar revision*

*only with Halo Hybrid Treatments

What about BBL/IPL vs laser for concerns?

IPL or intense pulse light treatments are indeed used to treat similar concerns as laser skin resurfacing such as sun damage, acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. As part of your consultation, we can help you decide whether BBL, Forever Young BBL, or Halo would be right for your skin type and your specific concerns.

Halo Laser skin rejuvenation in Lexington, MA

What results can I expect?

Halo is a complete skin rejuvenation treatment. You will see improvements in overall tone and texture in addition to significant removal of discoloration, reduction in fine lines, reduced pore size, skin reflectivity and glow.

How many treatments do you need?

What’s great about Halo is that you can choose how many treatments you want! Discuss with your clinician your needs and you can choose to have one or two more aggressive treatments or have multiple treatments that are less aggressive and achieve a similar goal over a longer period of time.

What happens during the treatment?

Thirty minutes to an hour before the treatment your clinician will place a topical anesthetic on your skin to reduce the sensation during the procedure. The area will be measured with motion tracking technology to ensure the area is treated evenly. The clinician will treat each measured section by uniformly rolling the Halo handpiece over the skin until the system recognizes the treatment is complete.

What does Halo feel like?

With a topical anesthetic and integrated cooling technology, most patients experience very little discomfort. Most patients describe the treatment as a feeling of heat with occasional prickling sensations, but are generally comfortable. After the treatment, most patients will continue to feel warm for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, or a bit longer with deeper treatment levels.

Halo laser skin resurfacing procedure in our med spa

How soon after my treatment can I return to normal activities?

For the first 24 hours you should keep your skin protected according to your clinician’s instructions, but after that you should be able to go about your normal activities. After the first 24 hours your skin will begin to peel, but you will be able to put on makeup. For a facial treatment, you will see very little change on the first day. After two to three days you will develop a light bronzing appearance. By day three or four your skin will peel, revealing your new skin beneath.

When will I see results?

You will see initial results between two and five days after your Halo treatment, but your skin will continue to improve over time. Most patients see the greatest pigmentary improvement in the first two to three weeks. This is followed by a dermal regeneration phase that continues to improve for months.

HALO before and after photos


Please note as with all medical procedures, the same results shown above may not occur with all patients.