Halo Laser Procedure- Day 4 and have white pimples popping up all over? (Photo)

I had Halo laser procedure done on my face 4 days ago. As the material stated, my face turned red, swelled, turned to bronze color with dots and started flaking. Day 3 my face no longer looked like a chunky Asian face- my face was huge, however my eyes remain being swelled badly. I am at day 4 post and most of the bronze has flaked off and my skin is red, however, I now have little white pimples all over my face. I did not read anything about this the pimples- any advise?

Doctor Answers 7

INFECTION following laser- see your specialist.

This is super common and very easy to fix and recognise. Your specialist who performed this procedure will do the swabs and place you on antibiotics. For high density setttings, I usually place my patients on antibiotics BEFORE the procedure, but each doctor is different. All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane. Australia. 

Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Milia After Halo

You are experiencing a common complication called milia. Usually, they will resolve on their own. However, consult your treating physician as he or she knows the scope of your treatment and the specifics about you. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

White pimples after Halo Laser Treatment

The small white bumps that you may be seeing are known as milia -they are not pimples.  It is typical after most resurfacing procedures on the fact that on occlusive ointment (e.g. Aquaphor, Bacitracin, etc..) is used to calm the skin; as well as, accelerate the healing.  The occlusive nature of these ointments also obstructs the natural openings of the oil glands to the surface of the skin, causing the oil they produce to build up, and thus resulting in the visible little “white pimples” in the skin..   However, they usually resolve on their own by the body absorbing them. Rarely they persist, but if so would be corrected with an extraction in the provider’s office.  I would suggest mentioning it to the provider or the Laser Practitioner at your follow up or sooner if any other you have other concerns.  It is important that you not pick at these to try and “extract” them yourself.

Hope you found this answer helpful.  All the best with your recovery! 

Burke Robinson, MD, FACS
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 51 reviews


This looks like acne- most likely related to the aftercare- it can clog your pores.

If someone has any propensity towards acne I give oral antibiotics with Halo- can help substantially.

Follow up with your provider as they can help.

Melanie L. Petro, MD
Birmingham Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Halo - Break Out

Please follow up with the provider who performed the treatment.  They can effectively analyze the skin to address your concerns.  It may be that you need to be placed on a round of short-term orals for the outbreak. 

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

White Pimples

Does your face feel itching as well.? Two complications after any laser treatment could be a herpes outbreak or yeast infection. It can be avoided with washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Go see your Dr. for a follow up. They might prescribe you DiFlucan or Acyclovir depending what it looks like and what other symptoms you  are experiencing. 

Robert G. Aycock, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Halo Laser and Now With Pimples What Do I Do?

This is a common "complication" from people who get fractional resurfacing and needs to be treated with oral antibiotics and topical acne medication. I suggest speaking to your physician but this will improve with the right course of short term treatment. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 188 reviews

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