Halo Laser: Is There Any Downtime?

When can I expect to return to work and resume normal activities after treatment?

Doctor Answers 9

Downtime with Halo

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You may experience some swelling in the midface for the first 2 days. You can reduce this by applying ice packs. Tiny brown spots will appear all over your face and your skin will feel like sand paper. However, these are all normal expectations. Those brown spots will fall off naturally. If you do not care about having the tiny spots on your face then you can go to work right away. 

Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Customizing treatment, leads to customized downtime

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The great thing about the Halo laser is that you customize it according to your needs, very much like the dimmer on a light switch. The shortest downtime for Halo, with slight skin redness and swelling, is approximately 2-3 days. If you decided to a more impactful treatment you may have as much as 5-7 days of redness, peeling, and swelling, however, the treatment results will be more dramatic. 

Halo Downtime

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Hello, there is very little downtime after a Halo treatment. You will experience some redness in the first 3-4 days and start peeling and flaking after the first 24 hours. You should stay out of the sun for the first 48 hours after treatment. We normally recommend that our patients schedule their treatment on a Thursday so that they can return to work on Monday. Best of luck!

Michael E. Jones, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
3.4 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Downtime after Halo

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This will greatly depend on the setting used and you particular response to the treatment. In general, minimal downtime is expected particularly with a "mild" setting. It common to have sweeling for about 2 days and then little brown spots will show up and fall in the next 2-3 day. Most patients don't really consider the process as downtime, unless a more aggressive treatment is performed. Best, Dr. RG

Downtime with Halo Hybrid

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There will always be some downtime with the Halo Hybrid laser. Unfortunately there has been media that has deemed it a no downtime procedure. Typical downtime (although “downtime” is relative to each person) is about 5 days however the heat generated during this treatment can cause swelling and redness.  Following Post care instructions is of the upmost importance and a homecare routine suggested by your provider to maintain results is beneficial.  Two treatments are typically recommended.  

Hope you found this answer helpful.  All the best!

Burke Robinson, MD, FACS
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Downtime with Halo Pro

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There will always be some downtime with corrective settings on the Halo Pro laser. Downtime can be minimal however the heat generated during this treatment can cause swelling and redness. The superficial flaking you will experience will last approximately 5 days if you’re using appropriate after care products and following at home instructions.

David L. Robbins, MD, FACS
West Des Moines Plastic Surgeon

Halo - downtime

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There is minimal downtime with the Halo.  Patients may have mild to moderate swelling for a few days after the procedure.  Redness and tiny brown spots will occur, but can likely be covered with make-up 24 hours after treatment.  Hope this helps!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Downtime for Halo Laser

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There is not down time as was envisioned in terms of traditional laser resurfacing. Patients are able to resume activities almost immediately. Patients will have swelling, redness, flaking, peeling especially in the next day (possible next two days) post treatment.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Halo Downtime...

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Depending on the intensity of the settings it can range from 2 days to 7 days.  I recommend you discuss your expectations with your provider for a more realistic "downtime". 

Dr. Grant Stevens                  Marina Plastic Surgery Associates              Marina del Rey, CA           The Institute

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

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