Are there any risks in having Laser Treatments (Halo) for acne scarring before starting Accutane a few months later?
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Halo Prior to Accutane
Thank you for your question. Receiving Halo laser treatments a few months before starting Accutane should not negatively affect your skin. Sometimes patients want to get their acne under control first and then complete their first laser treatment as they may continue to breakout and scar during the first few months of treatment. Another treatment may be completed after 6 months past Accutane treatment. Halo is a hybrid fractional laser as it delivers both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths in a single pass, which is why it is important to not to receive any Halo treatments while on Accutane.
Halo can help acne
There are no risks in doing Halo prior to starting Accutane. In fact, Halo can be helpful for acne. It is a delayed effect however (a few months), but I have seen numerous patients with cystic acne who respond well to a moderate Halo treatment and adequate skin care maintenance to include retinol, niacinaminde, and high dose vitamin C. The line we use in my clinic is BioRenew. It's possible that with a properly performed Halo and adequate skin care that you could avoid Accutane all together!
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