HALO® vs BBL: Refresh Your Skin for Spring

Woman with clear beautiful skin. (Model)

Say goodbye to the dry, dull skin of winter by hitting the reset button on your skin routine. Laser and light-based treatments such as HALO and Forever Young BBL™ restore your natural radiance for a brighter, clearer complexion. In the spirit of spring renewal, let’s look at HALO vs BBL to find your perfect match.

What Is the HALO Laser?

HALO laser treatments target multiple layers of the skin at once using both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths. The ablative wavelength removes damaged skin cells, while its gentler non-ablative counterpart stimulates collagen production and promotes cell turnover. As a hybrid fractional laser, HALO’s innovative dual approach allows for customizable treatments at various skin depths.

What Is the BBL Laser?

Contrary to what many patients may expect, BBL treatments don’t actually use a laser! Instead, BroadBand Light is BBL’s namesake mechanism, which uses an advanced form of intense pulsed light (IPL) to deliver bursts of broad-spectrum light energy into the skin. The skin absorbs these pulses of light energy, clearing up pigmentation irregularities and stimulating the body’s natural healing response. Our med spa is proud to offer multiple products within the BBL family, including Forever Young BBL, Forever Clear® BBL for acne, Forever Bare® BBL for hair removal, and BBL® HERO™.

What Can You Treat With BBL and HALO?

Both laser and light treatments are known for their versatility and rejuvenating abilities. Here are some of the ways BBL and HALO can restore your skin’s vitality:


BBL treatments, including Forever Young BBL, can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and arms and can treat:

  • Discoloration (brown spots and redness)
  • Acne breakouts and scars
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity

Learn more about how you can treat active acne in our related blog post.


Hybrid fractional laser treatments rejuvenate the skin on the face and neck, as well as the arms, hands, legs, and chest. It can treat a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Discoloration (age and sun spots)
  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Dull skin
  • Textural irregularities
  • Skin laxity

BBL vs HALO Laser Costs

The cost of your laser or light treatment will vary depending on the size and number of the treatment areas, how mild or severe your concerns are, and your provider’s expertise. We will provide you a personalized quote and treatment plan during your consultation.

BBL typically costs less than HALO, but you may need more BBL sessions to achieve your desired outcome. Similarly, HALO’s upfront costs may seem higher, but its more dramatic and long-lasting results make it a worthwhile investment for many patients.

BBL vs HALO Laser Recovery


Following a Forever Young BBL session, you may experience mild redness and swelling. These sunburn-like side effects typically subside within a few hours to a few days. In many cases, the recovery period is short and well-tolerated, and you can usually resume your daily activities right after treatment. Be sure to protect your skin from the sun!


HALO generally involves a more extensive recovery period than BBL due to its ablative (skin-penetrating) component. You can expect your skin to feel like you have a “moderate sunburn,” with redness, tenderness, and peeling. You may need a few days to a week of downtime before you feel fully ready to resume your normal routines.

What Results Can You Expect?

Both BBL and HALO laser skin rejuvenation treatments offer noticeable improvements in your skin’s texture, tone, and quality.

With BBL, the results may appear gradually over the course of multiple sessions. In comparison, HALO patients experience significant improvements as the damaged skin peels away and the clear, healthy skin beneath it is revealed. Both treatments also stimulate collagen, leading to long-lasting improvements in your skin’s firmness and elasticity.

Refresh Your Skin

HALO and BBL are two powerful laser and light treatments that can restore a radiant glow to lackluster skin and treat a wide range of other cosmetic concerns. Whether you choose a hybrid fractional treatment or an IPL-based procedure, the result is naturally fresh and beautiful skin for (almost) all skin types.

If you would like to explore your laser skin rejuvenation options (including alternative solutions such as Contour TRL®) for getting that springtime glow, please request a consultation online or call our office at (847) 382-4400 to get started.

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