Halo Laser Question- A few hours post op?

I had my halo peel done about 3 hours ago. I expected my skin to turn red which it really is not and the burning feeling is minimum. Instead the brown spots on my face are very dark, almost black in color and I have minimal redness all over. Please just tell me if this is normal or not. I expected to be kind of red and burned feeling today with the dark spots coming out in a couple of days. I am concerned about why my spots are so dark this soon.

Doctor Answers 5

Expectation after Halo treatment

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Hi Aimee,

Depending on your skin type and the settings that your doctor used for your Halo treatment you will have expected changes in your recovery. It is not uncommon to see the reds and browns in your face to become more visible after a treatment. If you had a facial analysis with Vectra or Visia before the procedure, you would see the areas that would be more prone to be primed with Halo treatment; but the good news is that it is likely to clear those dark brown areas over the next 5 days. also check with your provider because they may have pre-treated you with BBL which would make it more likely to bring out and get rid of your brown pigmentation. 

Halo... What to expect?

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Halo is a wonderful treatment and it treats many skin conditions. Due to the fact that is highly tunable and that everybody reacts different to the procedure it self, I would recommend for you to post you pictures. Usually, the area treated will respond by having the MENDS will start to come up during the first day after treatment and the skin will fell rough. It important to follow the post treatment instructions and to stay out of the sun. 

Hope that helps, Dr. RG

Post Halo Treatment

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Each patient will respond differently to treatment. Moreover, the settings that is used will help determine the recovery. Consult with your treating physician as he or she knows the scope of the treatment and the specifics about you. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Can you post a photo? Pain tolerance and results are different with each patient. Some patients don't see the brown spots at all but feel their face is dry and rough. Be sure to keep the skin out of the skin and moisturize the area well. 

Robert G. Aycock, MD, FACS
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon

After Halo laser resurfacing

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Thanks for your interest. In general, we see redness like bad sunburn and possibly pin-point bleeding just after halo treatments.  The dark sandpaper-like MENDS will appear in 1-2 days.


Dr.Kevin Belasco

Kevin T. Belasco, DO
Newport Beach Dermatologist

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