Is there some reason that the Halo treatment would not work on me at all?

Had halo treatment and pores and wrinkles look worse. Over all skin looks worse. It is still flaking off but underneath is not better.

Doctor Answers 4

Halo Improvement

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I'm sure where you're at right now is very frustrating! I'm not only a doctor who has been treating patients with Halo for 2 1/2 years (did some of the original research on this laser before it was released for sale), but I've also had many myself.You don't mention when you had the treatment, but if you're still flaking and dry, you're not done healing yet. Before you look better, you have to look worse, and frankly, the worse you look, the better you look in the long run! As Halo stimulates new skin, old damaged skin is pushed up to the surface and you shed it like a snake shedding it's old skin. The initial peeling usually happens around day 5, but you continue to have some further dull, dry skin on the surface for about 3 weeks - that's typically when you start to see the glow, so hang in there!Halo is also a treatment which a skilled practitioner can customize a great deal for you. You can do very light treatments with minimal peeling up to very intense treatments with lots of peeling. Halo typically takes several treatments to get your best results - the lighter the treatment, the more treatments you need to get your best results. The good news is that your first treatment usually has the least pleasant healing experience. As your skin gets steadily healthier, future treatments are often easier.
Any way, best of luck - I suspect much improved skin is not that far off for you!

Incline Village Physician

Halo Treatment

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Hello and thank you for your question. Halo is an excellent procedure for patients who are trying to improve texture, pores, fine lines and the overall quality of the skin. Typically there will need to be more than one treatment performed to see noticeable results, and the patients are also responsible for maintaining a good quality skin care routine at home. It sounds like you haven't completely shed off all of the brown speckles that form after this procedure. It can take up to 10 days for them to fall off. Remember that treatments like Halo and other resurfacing treatments are trying to stimulate collagen to regenerate, and your body takes 1-3 months to do this. It may be a bit too early to pass judgment on this treatment. I would recommend you have an open communication with your provider and voice your concerns so that you get your skin looking like you want it to look. Hope this helps, Dr. S. 

Steven Swengel, MD
Los Gatos Dermatologic Surgeon
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It takes time!

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Great question! If you had the Halo treatment recently then you are still in the healing phases. Most of the patients I have treated start to noticed results at least 4 weeks after treatment. Halo causes damage to the skin resulting in a lot of swelling and inflammation. Because of this you may look worse before you start to look better. It will take time for this to all resolve. If you have any other questions I would consult with the person who treated you! I hope this helps!

David A. Sieber, MD
San Francisco General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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Halo Treatment - No results?

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As with most procedures, patient selection and the expertise of the treating physician are vital for good results with Halo. Consult with your treating physician to see if you are progressing as expected since he or she knows the scope of the treatment and the specifics about you. 

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