Had Halo Sciton 3 days ago, black specks all over my face, will this clear up? Should I use hydroquinone? (photo)

My face has black specks all over. When will this clear up? Should I start using hydroquinone today?

Doctor Answers 5

Halo Healing Process

Thanks for your question.

You look wonderful - those specks are actually the unhealthy pigment and damaged collagen in your face working its way to the surface as your body replaces it with fresh new skin.

There are circumstances where your physician may want you to start hydroquinone after Halo, but it's really important that you stay in touch with the office before using any products. Unless they tell you to use it, though, stick to the cleansing and moisturizing routine your office gave you. Spots normally fall off day 4-7 and your skin with then be dry. Your skin will really start to rehydrate and look great about 2-3 weeks after the procedure.

Incline Village Physician
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Halo Recovery

No, that is exactly how you are supposed to look like. The laser makes a column in the skin and once it heals it looks like coffee grinds. Depending on the intensity of your treatment, it may take 5-10 days for all of those spots to flake off. Avoid any exfoliants during this time. It is normal to feel itching as the spots fall off. 

Robert G. Aycock, MD, FACS
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Black specks after Halo

Thanks for the great question! Your face looks totally normal for this many days after the procedure. Those black dots are all of the little holes the halo created in your skin. The holes get filled with dead tissue which works its way to the surface of your face in the first 4-5 days after the procedure then falls off! Removing those columns of skin allows new collagen to grow into those areas, giving your skin a more bright and smooth appearance. Best of luck and I hope you love your results!

~Dr. Sieber

David A. Sieber, MD
Bay Area General Surgeon
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Specks 3 days post Halo

This is a perfectly normal healing process. Typically, these specks will last 5 - 7 days. Your treating physician will be able to guide you on how to care for them as he or she knows the scope of the procedure and the specifics about you. Typically, you should allow the process to continue without assistance.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Halo Laser Treatment

Thanks for your question. This is the intended response after Halo. I had it done myself, and now after 1 month I cannot believe how much of an improvement it has made in my skin tone. Everyone gets those micro "specks." They will slowly go away by about day 5-7. Do not scrub them, and do not use HQ until directed by your doctor. Best wishes.

Paul J. Leahy, MD
Leawood Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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