The ever-increasing popularity of laser skin treatments opens more and more individuals up to exploring the idea of receiving one of the many treatments available. Laser treatments are now able to address a wide variety of skin issues that people face, and would like to find permanent solutions for. Two of the most popular treatments available today are the Sciton Laser Halo Treatment and the Sciton Contour TRL Laser. When deciding between the two, it’s important to learn more about the function of each, the benefits, and the difference in results so that you can ultimately decide which treatment option is the best one for you. Halo Laser Halo is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser designed to maximize results and reduce downtime. Sciton’s technology produces targeted, reproducible, effective results that improve the appearance of numerous skin conditions such as sun damage, pigment, fine lines, texture, and pores, without the downtime of traditional ablative and fractional lasers. For more information on this treatment, please read our blog post “5 Questions to Ask About the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Treatment”. Contour TRL Laser The Contour TRL is designed to resurface the skin by removing a variable depth of damaged and aging skin. It can be very successful in reducing or most often eliminating problematic lines/wrinkles, and pigment irregularities. By stimulating growth of new collagen, it will also improve the skin’s overall thickness and resilience. The skin’s surface will regenerate new, healthy cells, giving your complexion a younger and more rejuvenated appearance. The depth of the treatment is dependent upon each individual’s skin condition, desired outcome, and expectation of downtime. Differences If you are interested in treating issues such as severely sun damaged skin or deeper wrinkles, and the goal is to completely resurface your skin, then the Contour TRL is designed more for this purpose because of the depth it can reach along with the dramatic change in the quality of the skin itself. The Halo treatment is able to target fine lines, sun damage, and minimize pores but is not specifically designed to completely resurface the skin. The decision really becomes one based on the recovery period versus your desire for an impactful change in your skin quality. With the TRL, you are likely facing anywhere from 7-21 days of downtime (most of this is due to redness), so this is where the Halo has an incredible advantage. It takes a component of the TRL (the erbium laser) and uses it as a fractionated treatment in order to expedite your recovery, delivering benefits such as the shrinking of the pores, removal of pigmentation, and even improving some of the fine lines. The intensity of the Halo treatment does to determine the downtime, but most patients are usually ready to put some makeup on and go to work on days 3-4 following treatment, often times much sooner. That being said, if you have a dramatic need in regard to skin repair, you will only be able to get the dramatic results you are seeking using TRL. Multiple Halo treatments will help, but will not be able to deliver the same results as TRL, or provide the same results. The bottom line is that the whole decision process becomes a decision between your need for recovery versus your desire for an impactful change in your skin quality. By consulting with a doctor, such as a member of the experienced team from Annapolis Plastic Surgery, you will be able to receive an expert opinion during a one-on-one consultation, where you can further identify the extent of your needs. Contact Annapolis Plastic Surgery to set up your free consultation regarding your Halo Laser or Contour TRL Laser treatment today.