Sciton BroadBand Light (BBL®) vs. HALO® Laser: Which Is Best for You?

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Both light-based therapies like Sciton’s BBL and laser treatments are effective, noninvasive ways to improve a wide range of skin concerns that don’t respond well to other facial treatments. Sun damage, dark spots, age-related lines, and acne often need more specialized treatments, such as BBL or HALO laser skin rejuvenation, depending on your skin’s needs.

Which would work best for your specific goals? That question is best answered by an experienced skin specialist or laser technician, but it helps to understand what each treatment entails.

How Do BBL Treatments Work?

BBL uses intense pulses of light energy (IPL) to heat the skin, targeting dark spots, pigmentation, and visible blood vessels down to the dermal layer and breaking the pigment into tiny fragments. These fragments rise to the skin’s surface, where they are eventually sloughed off.

At the same time, the heat of the treatment stimulates the skin’s natural healing process, triggering an increased production of collagen. This increased collagen generates healthier skin.

Our med spa uses the BBL HERO laser developed by Sciton for effective skin care without significant downtime. With this device, we can customize your procedure to choose the wavelength intensity to achieve your desired results. The BBL Hero handpiece delivers fast, strong skin treatment while creating a comfortable patient experience.

What Is Halo Laser Skin Rejuvenation?

HALO laser treatment (also called a laser peel) uses the world’s first hybrid fractional laser that combines ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths to treat your skin. The ablative laser safely removes surface skin, while the non-ablative laser penetrates the deeper layers to stimulate collagen production during the same treatment.

HALO works for various skin concerns, including fine lines, texture issues, acne scarring, and more. Since HALO is also a fractional laser treatment, it can target your skin concerns without impacting the surrounding skin.

Who Is a Good Candidate for HALO Laser Skin Treatment?

You may be a good candidate for laser treatments if you meet the criteria below:

  • You have skin concerns such as acne scarring, age-related lines, and sun damage that you want to improve.
  • You are generally in good health and not on any medications that may impact your results.
  • You have realistic expectations about your results.
  • You don’t have active acne or open wounds.

What Are the Differences Between BBL & HALO?

Although both BBL and HALO treatments improve the appearance of your skin, you’ll want the one that addresses your specific skin concerns, desired downtime, and comfort level. BBL is considered a gentler treatment and requires little to no downtime. HALO is more powerful and requires a few days to a couple of weeks of downtime, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.

  • BBL treatments are best for concerns such as freckles, dark spots, redness, rosacea, acne, and certain types of sun damage.
  • If you want to improve skin texture issues as well as the skin’s deeper layers, HALO laser treatment is usually a better option. It’s best for fine lines and other signs of aging as well as acne scarring, pigmented lesions, and enlarged pores.

What Is Recovery Like After BBL and HALO Laser Treatments?

As already mentioned, with BBL, you will have a shorter recovery with mild redness and sensitivity around the treated areas. However, depending on the severity of your skin concerns, you may need 1 to 3 treatment sessions to get the best results from BBL.

Your recovery after HALO will take around a week, and you will experience some swelling, tightness, and peeling. You can get effective results with just 1 or 2 HALO sessions. Depending on your skin needs, your provider may recommend more treatments in the future.

How Should You Care for Your Skin After Treatment?

After a laser or light-based treatment, stay away from the sun and tanning beds for the first few days. You should also use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for the first 2 weeks after your treatment. Stick to gentle skincare products until your skin heals so you don’t impact your results.

Should I Combine BBL and Laser Skin Treatments?

Our patients can achieve even more dramatic results when they combine BBL and HALO laser treatments. In some cases, you can alternate between BBL and laser skin treatments for optimal results. Your provider will assess your skin type and consider your skin goals to determine if you are a good candidate for combining treatments.

HALO laser treatment and BBL are both effective options for smoother, more radiant, and more evenly textured skin. Your provider can help you decide which treatment is best for you or whether you should combine them to achieve a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. To learn more about these BBL and HALO treatments, request a consultation or call us at (504) 517-6200 to schedule an appointment.

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