Carbon Laser Peel or "Hollywood Facial"
Laser energy from a fractional resurfacing treatment is ideal for improving tone and texture by reducing the appearance of pores, smoothing fine lines, treating sun damage, fading acne and other scars, evening out discolorations, and causing some tightening effects—all without significant down time.
What's Carbon Laser Peel? How does it work?
Carbon Laser Peel is a minimally invasive skin resurfacing procedure that treats acne, enlarged pores, oily skin, and uneven skin tone making it visibly brighter, clearer and smoother.
First, our licensed aesthetician will apply a dark-colored cream with a high carbon content to your skin. The lotion is an exfoliating treatment that helps prepare the skin for the next steps. You will sit with it on your face for several minutes to let it dry. As the lotion dries, it bonds with dirt, oil, and other contaminants on the surface of your skin.
Second, depending on your skin type, your laser technician may start with one type of laser to warm your skin. They’ll pass the laser over your face, which will heat the carbon in the lotion and cause it to absorb impurities on your skin.
The final step is a pulsed laser that your laser technician uses to break down the carbon. The laser destroys the carbon particles and any oil, dead skin cell, bacteria, or other impurities on your face. The heat from the process also signals a healing response in your skin. That stimulates collagen and elastin production to make your skin look firmer.
What laser skin resurfacing can improve
The carbon laser peel is effective for treating acne. The whole process works to eliminate oil, debris, and bacteria in the pores, which are often causes of acne. Doctors find that it can clear up existing acne and prevent new breakouts from occurring for weeks or months.
You may need multiple treatments to see effects on acne. The treatment is non-irritating, so it doesn’t make inflamed skin feel worse during treatment. You can repeat carbon laser peels as necessary without negative side effects.
In addition to treating acne, carbon laser peels may also improve:
Signs of premature aging
Dull complexion, tone, and texture
Fine lines and wrinkles
Oily skin & Dark spots
Mild acne scars
Preparation and Recovery
Carbon laser peels are entirely non-invasive and very mild. As a general rule, there's no special preparation needed but consult your doctor to be sure. The procedure itself is painless, though some people say they feel a mild stinging sensation during the treatment. Most people feel fine immediately afterward. The most common side effect is slight redness, which usually subsides within a day. We recommend using gentle skin care products and sun protection after the treatment.
You will probably notice some improvement after one treatment, which exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores so that it looks brighter and clearer right away. Your results may continue to improve over time as your skin produces more collagen and elastin.
We often suggest multiple carbon laser peels for maximum effectiveness — often four to six appointments spaced several weeks apart.
Because the carbon laser peel is a mild procedure, you won’t need any numbing cream before the treatment. You should be able to leave our office right after it's over.
How is Carbon Peel Different from Chemical Peel?
Whereas Carbon Peels involve a carbon mask that draws out the skin’s impurities, chemical peels typically use acidic chemical compounds to penetrate the epidermis and exfoliate the top layers of your skin. However, to gain the same glistening results as the Carbon Peel, chemical peels require higher concentrations of various acids, therefore resulting in downtime as the skin recovers from swelling and redness.
The Carbon Peel is also better for those with sensitive skin, not only due to the treatment process but the effects on the skin. The carbon laser renews the skin via the heat generated from the laser treatment, whereas the chemical peel tends to achieve similar results via a chemical reaction. Those prone to breakouts and eczema would also find the Carbon Peel kinder to their skin to.