At Village Dermatology, we have upgraded our technology to offer you the newest advances in laser resurfacing, the HALO laser. This hybrid fractional laser uses cutting-edge technology to deliver two wavelengths at the same time. The diode wavelength goes deep into the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, to stimulate cellular rejuvenation and new collagen formation, leading to improved skin turgor and tone. The superficial ablative wavelength creates an opening or exit for damaged cells, allowing for faster healing compared to other laser devices while also addressing superficial brown spots and skin texture issues. In the end, you get a more powerful treatment with less downtime and faster healing. In addition, the HALO allows our doctors to customize the treatment depending on each individual patient’s need–we can choose the depth and surface area treated so that we can target and improve wrinkling, lax skin, poor texture, and brown spots depending on which issues each patient has.
What to expect:
Although your after effects will be dependent on the settings used during the treatment and also on your own individual healing factors, everyone will experience similar landmarks along the path to healing. Immediately following the laser, you will have a bright red sunburn appearance. Swelling usually develops within the first 48 hours, so it is important to sleep elevated on two pillows for the first few nights after your procedure (ice packs and moisturizers are useful during this stage). Around day three, as the swelling begins to resolve, you will begin to notice a sandpaper texture and will begin to see the pigment lift to the surface of your skin as the old cells begin to exfoliate. Around day five to day seven, your skin should be completing its healing cycle and will have a rosy glow. Meticulous sun protection is imperative during these first two weeks after the laser procedure.
-Lauren Hughey, MD