What is Sciton Halo treatment?

Dermatologists in London use a fractional laser to improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Halo is unique because two wavelengths of laser are delivered simultaneously. The first is a non-ablative laser which heats columns of collagen deep in the skin, causing tightening and improving skin texture. The second is an ablative laser which removes the top layer of skin, to a very precise depth, and exfoliates to allow fresh young skin cells to be restored.

As Halo contains 2 fractional lasers, it is like having 2 separate laser treatments at one time. Because Halo is fractional, a fraction of the skin is treated by laser columns. This means the downtime is much shorter than other forms of laser treatments without compromising the results.

Halo laser treatment encourages the growth of healthy new skin and reduces the signs of ageing, including fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and pigmentation. Halo laser also improves enlarged pores and acne scars.

Sciton Halo is an advanced laser rejuvenation treatment for your skin with two main purposes:

Skin tightening

Halo laser treatment will tighten the skin (dermis) to improve lines and wrinkles,  helping to reduce pore size and acne scarring. Sagging will also improve.

Skin regeneration

To regenerate the skin (epidermis) to even the skin tone, reduce pigmentation and other blemishes, and produce a glow.

How does Sciton Halo treatment work?

By combining ablative and non-ablative lasers, you get the best of both worlds in a single treatment. The beam of the fractional laser divides an area to be treated into thousands of microscopic zones and targets one fraction of skin at a time.

Think about it like someone changing a digital picture one pixel at a time. Then, imagine that you want to renew your lawn and aerate it. That’s the effect the Halo treatment has on your skin tissue.

Halo is unique as the laser stimulates your deep tissues, resurfaces your skin, and breaks down unwanted pigment.

Which areas can be treated with Sciton Halo?

This laser rejuvenation treatment can be used on any areas where there are concerns. The most commonly-treated sites are:

  • Face – 20 to 30 minutes
  • Neck – 20 minutes
  • Upper chest – 20 -30 minutes
  • Back – 30 minutes
  • Backs of the hands – 15 minutes
  • Abdomen – 30 minutes

How many  Sciton Halo treatments will I need?

Discuss the number of treatments your skin needs at the consultation with your dermatologist.

You can have one or two deeper treatments, or have multiple treatments that are less aggressive and achieve a similar goal over a longer period. On average,  a course of two or three treatments is required every eight weeks for.

How long will the Halo results last for?

You will see initial results in the first 5 to 7 days, but your skin will continue to improve over time. As the aging process will continue, we recommend maintaining the anti-ageing effects of this laser resurfacing with a treatment every twelve months. It is important to keep your new healthy skin protected from UV light by using a sunscreen and wearing a hat.

What happens during a Sciton Halo treatment?

Every treatment starts with a detailed consultation with your dermatologist who draws up a personal treatment plan.

Tell your dermatologist if you have suffered from any facial cold sores and if you’ve taken the anti-acne medication, Roaccutane, or its generic drug alternatives.

This treatment could spark a recurrence of cold sores, so please take the medication you’ve been prescribed. No one who has taken Roaccutane or generic equivalents within the last six months should undergo Sciton Halo.

You will be given special safety wear to protect your eyes during the procedure, as laser light can be harmful to eyes. You must wear it throughout the treatment.

You will also be given a topical anaesthetic cream 30 minutes prior to your treatment, as well as local anaesthetic injections to reduce the sensation you feel as the laser interacts with your skin.

The sensation may feel like a burst of heat, pin pricks, or something similar to sunburn.

The treatment takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on which areas are treated.

How will I look after treatment?

The area that has been treated will feel extremely warm for a couple of hours. The warmth will ease over the next 12-24 hours. Cold compresses can give comfort as can a mineral water spray.

Sometimes there are areas of pin-point bleeding in the first 6 hours. These usually settle quite quickly themselves.

Your skin will be red after the procedure, but this will ease over the next day or two. Redness can last up to a week depending on the intensity of your treatment.

There may be some itching and there will be some bronzing and flaking of skin, and tiny dark spots, as the microscopic columns heal. Don’t pick the flakes as this could scar. Allow them to shed naturally. During this time your skin will feel very dry and feel like sand paper before it flakes off. Keeping your skin well moisturized and never picking the skin are the best way to enable it to heal fully.

There may also be some swelling which will lessen in 48 to 72 hours as your skin heals.

Post-procedure hyperpigmentation or lightening, allergic reactions, or infections are uncommon. Avoid tanning your skin before and after the procedure to reduce the risk of pigmentation changes and use sun block.

What is the aftercare?

You’ll be given a specially designed aftercare pack for your skin with facewash, barrier cream, and sterile gauze.

Don’t apply your normal skin care products for at least five days, as the laser has impaired your skin’s barrier temporarily. Your normal products could cause inflammation and irritation and increase the likelihood of pigmentation changes or scarring.

Wash your face in the morning with the facial wash and allow to air dry or pat gently with a clean towel or kitchen roll. Don’t rub.

Apply the barrier cream to protect your skin and stop it from drying out.

If you have been prescribed antivirals or other medications by your dermatologist, take them.

Top up the barrier cream at least twice more during the day. Wash and add more cream to your face in the evening. Take your second dose of antivirals if advised to taken them twice a day.

Do this for the first five days after the treatment. You can apply the barrier cream more thinly as the redness settles.

Once the redness is gone it is possible to wear a physical sunscreen if you are going outside but make sure you stay out of direct sunlight and also wear a wide brimmed hat.

We’ll monitor your progress with the ‘selfie’ pictures you send us and will review how your skin is healing after two weeks.

You can start wearing light mineral make-up between three and five days after treatment , as soon as the redness has settled and there is little peeling.

You should avoid exercise or sweating for one week as the skin must the fully healed first.

What is the downtime?

The goal with Halo is to achieve optimum rejuvenation with as minimum down time as possible. With a usual treatment, a relatively low downtime of three to five days is to be expected. Being a very customizable treatment it is possible to have a light treatment that gives very minimal redness and flaking and a one day down time. This would require 4 to 5 treatments to have the same effect as 2 longer down time Halo treatments.

Which skin types can be treated?

Sciton Halo treatment is safe on all skin types between 1 to 5 (fair to dark asian).

The science

There are two wavelengths in the Halo fractional laser. The Halo laser is the world’s first dual laser that delivers a non-ablative and an ablative wavelength in the same microscopic treatment zone. Combining these two wavelengths creates a strong synergistic effect.

The 1470nm wavelength penetrates the skin’s dermis, its deeper layer. It delivers microscopic columns of heat which remove pigmentation and coagulate the blood vessels that cause redness. The skin will then replace the coagulated dermal tissue with new tissue.

This treatment stimulates collagen, improves skin thickness, improves lines and wrinkles, and combats sagging, large pores, and unwanted pigmentation.

Because the Halo is so customizable, the 1470nm can be dialed up to any depth down to 700 microns in the skin.

The 2940nm wavelength resurfaces the epidermis, the skin’s top layer. It clears away superficial sun damage and pigmentation, also by delivering microscopic columns of heat. This type of laser treatment also helps to reduce the number of abnormal cell types in the skin which can go on to form dangerous skin lesions. The 2940nm can be tuned any where up to 100 microns in to the skin.

The goal of Halo treatment is to achieve an optimum result with as low downtime as possible. For very deep lines and severe photodamage, and for certain forms of acne scarring, you may be offered alternative treatments such as Profractoinal and the Sciton TRL Full Field Erbium Laser.

Pigmentation is removed as microscopic epidermal necrotic debris (MENDs). The excess melanin pigment breaks down during the laser treatment and is removed by the body in seven days.

Truly personalized treatment with Halo

Each treatment is designed by our Dermatologists and bespoke to the individual patient. Halo enables the energy, depth and density of each of the lasers to be fine tuned to ensure that results are optimum for any individual cases. Being only among a few Practitioners to have a large amount of experience in Halo, our Dermatologists can you provide you with a highly individualised treatment plan.

Is Halo treatment safe?

Halo constantly measures the temperature of the skin so it is always in a safe zone. This is known as Dynamic Thermal Optimisation (DTO) which automatically adjusts the energy density is uniformally given. Halo also has one of the most ingenious methods of mapping out the surface area of the face. This, with the built in speed sensor, ensures the correct amount of energy is evenly delivered. These features coupled with truly personalized plan to determine the depth, energy and concentration of each laser means that any serious side effects are very uncommon.

What are the risks and side effects of Halo laser treatment?

The skin will become red and swollen, and may feel tight. After a few days there will be bronzing and flaking.

Side effects of Halo can include

  • For heavy treatments, you may be asked to take antibiotics before the procedure.
  • Recurrence of a cold sore. You are usually asked to take cold sore prevention medications starting on the day of your procedure.
  • Acne break outs. It is preferred to treat the skin once acne has been brought under control.
  • Redness that lasts for a few weeks (very rarely for a few months)
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation – this will usually resolve in 3 months and may require additional prescription creams. It is common for superficial pigmentation to darken and peel off.

How effective is Sciton Halo?

This treatment gives excellent, long-lasting results.

Clients have a visible reduction in the signs of ageing, from lines and wrinkles to open pores and an uneven complexion, within days.

Collagen is stimulated in the skin’s tissues for six months, meaning clients have firmer, younger-looking, glowing skin.

In a 2018 study, of 29 women receiving 2 Halo treatments 6 weeks apart (Waibel et al 2019), independent photographic assessment showed a significant skin improvement in 80% of cases. A survey showed 100% of the study participants were satisfied with the treatment. 2 out of 29 cases developed post inflammatory hyperpigmentation that settled within 90 days.

[Reference: Waibel S et al. Hybrid Fractional Laser: A Multi-Center Trial on the Safety and Efficacy for Photorejuvenation. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Nov 1;17(11):1164 – 1168.]

Combining Halo with other treatments

Your Dermatologist may recommend combining treatments with Halo. Many treatments pair up very well with Halo and may give better and faster results. Whether a paired treatment is suitable for your concerns will depend on the advice provided to you by your Dermatologist at Consultation.

Paired treatments that may give dramatic effects with Halo are:

  • BBL – broad band light
  • Micropeel

What is the difference between Halo and Profractional?

Profractional is a single wavelength fractional laser, which has the Erbium:YAG wavelength of 2940nm. Profractional penetrates deeper in to the skin (unto 1500 microns) and is ablative. Profractional is a more suitable treatment when the problem being treated lies in the deeper layesr of the dermis such as acne scars & acne scars. As Profractional is a more deeply penetrating treatment, the downtime is usually a few days longer.

What’s the difference between Fraxel lasers and Sciton Halo?

The main difference is that the Scion Halo is more powerful and effective.

This is because the Halo is the first hybrid fractional laser where the two wavelengths are in the same head.

There is less discomfort and a shorter downtime after the treatment as a result. The average Fraxel laser treatment needs five days of recovery while the Halo needs three.

What can I do to ensure I get the best possible outcome?

Begin using a sunscreen before the treatment and commit to using it for at least three months after the treatment.

Use sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 30 or more every day and reapply every two hours when in the sun.

Avoid sun exposure for at least two months after the treatment.

Don’t wear make up until your skin has peeled and avoid strenuous exercise until your skin has healed.

Follow any other skin care advice your Dermatologist has provided to you.

Why choose Belgravia Dermatology?

Belgravia Dermatology in London is the only clinic in the UK to have the Sciton Joule X, and the number one provider for Halo Laser in London. The Dermatologists at Belgravia Dermatology also regularly lecture and train others in the medical field on lasers and energy based treatments.

Your care will also be managed and delivered by a Dermatologist. Our doctors in London have a wealth of experience in getting the best outcomes for our patients.

We will also give you very hands on support after you have had the treatment until you have healed.

Our dermatologists have a combined experience of more than 30 years in the whole spectrum of medical, surgical and cosmetic skin problems.

We help our patients to reach their goals with a bespoke, flexible service.

When you choose Belgravia Dermatology, your dermatologist will have a detailed consultation and aesthetic facial analysis session with you. They will design an individual treatment plan to meet your needs.

What should I do next?

Would you like to discuss a Sciton Halo laser resurfacing treatment? Please arrange an appointment with one of our dermatologists who will be happy to help.

Sciton Halo at Belgravia Dermatology

  • Why – Laser resurfacing treatment with the Sciton Halo gives you a vast improvement in skin quality. It has benefits for skin surface texture and skin tone and delivers a reduction in skin irregularities and pigmentation. Effective for tissue tightening, lines, and wrinkles,  dealing with pores and combatting deeper pigmentation.
  • Areas – Face, neck, décolletage, back of hands.
  • Frequency – A course of one to three treatments every six weeks. Every six to twelve months thereafter to maintain the anti-ageing benefits.
  • Results – Visible results in five days, with further improvement for weeks after treatment.
  • Downtime – Three to five days of redness, swelling and peeling.


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