Emma Wedgwood

Halo BBL laser

If you're looking to improve your skin condition and treat pigmentation issues, the Halo/BBL laser treatment may be just what you need. This innovative combination treatment can help you achieve a radiant complexion and address various skin concerns. Read on to learn more about the benefits and process of the Halo/BBL laser treatment in the UK.


Halo/BBL is a world leading laser treatment that blends Broadband Light (BBL) therapy with Halo, a fractional hybrid laser which combines ablative and non-ablative laser therapy using two different laser wavelengths. Before this industry disrupter, patients would choose either an ablative or non-ablative option. Ablative means to fully remove the upper layer of skin (epidermis) requiring a significant downtime period. But now it is possible to gently do away with the outer film and be work ready again in less than a week.

The first part of the treatment, BBL, pulses photothermal energy into the first (dermal) layer of the skin. This targets superficial blood vessels and tackles redness or pigmentation, while encouraging the body's natural collagen response for radiance, colour uniformity and collagen synthesis.

The Halo laser provides a deeper dermal rejuvenation, firstly removing damaged outer layers of the skin helping improve texture, tone and luminosity with the 2940nm handpiece. Whilst the secondary (dual) aspect, the 1470nm handpiece helps lift out pigmented / sun damaged skin by burrowing tiny columns or channels into the skin creating thicker, healthier skin further down the track. It really is a case of banking the good stuff.

What problems can Halo/BBL treat?

Sun damage and solar lentigo

Melasma and pigmentation



Acne and acne scarring

Uneven skin tone

Fine lines and wrinkles

Enlarged pores

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

What happens during Halo/BBL treatment?

All of Emma's treatments begin with a consultation, during which Emma will discuss the right treatment for you and your skin, as well as which order to carry out the laser treatments.

Emma will then apply a very strong topical anaesthetic agent (24%), cleanse the skin and provide eye protection which will be worn for the duration of the treatment.

BBL is delivered in short bursts of high intensity light flashes.

The HALO laser is rolled across the skin in a crisscross pattern in the targeted areas.

Immediately after treatment, the skin will likely be red, hot and a possible mild burning sensation for up to 24 hours. Over the following few days, you can expect some redness, swelling and mild peeling with treated areas of pigmentation potentially darkening and flaking over 2-7 days. You might encounter some post inflammatory hyperpigmentation although this is quite unusual.

Emma will provide full aftercare instructions during your treatment, but we recommend no exercise for a few days after treatment, and SPF must be worn daily to prevent any sun damage as the skin will be extremely sun sensitive needing a more substantial level of protection.

Frequently asked questions

BBL makes the skin quite warm and can feel snappy, but this is very tolerable without anaesthetic. However the Halo does make the skin quite hot and prickly but topical anaesthetic is provided to make you more comfortable.

Am I suitable for Halo/BBL?

Halo BBL is suitable for most people, particularly those who want to rejuvenate their skin for a more youthful appearance, increasing skin density, or who are suffering from redness, pigmentation and texture issues including acne scarring (discolouration). Skin types 1-6 are all able to be successfully treated with Halo/BBL.

What is the downtime of Halo/BBL?

All Halo/BBL is entirely bespoke according to the condition and needs of the patient, therefore the length of downtime marginally varies. Higher settings produce more drastic results but mean a longer downtime. In general, it takes around 2-3 days for redness to fade, and skin flaking should have completed within a week.

What results can I expect from Halo/BBL?

Improved skin tone and texture, reduced pigmentation, reduced lines and wrinkles, smaller pores, and a radiant, glowing complexion. Results continue to improve over the course of 6 months and last for up to two years.

How safe is Halo/BBL?

When used by an experienced medical professional like Emma, Halo/BBL is very safe.

Downtime/return to work time

A few days for redness to reduce, up to a week for peeling to stop. We recommend a rest period of at least 24 hours before exercise, and a week before steam and sauna.

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