Carbon Laser Facial
What is a Carbon Facial?
CLF (carbon laser facial) is a non-ablative laser skin treatment that uses the conductive qualities of carbon to quickly and painlessly exfoliate, cleanse, clear and tighten pores, brighten and even-out skin tone, and activate a deeply rejuvenating skin reaction that produces skin that is smooth, plump, and radiant.
How Does It Work?
It works by applying a liquid carbon to clean skin in a very thin opaque layer which penetrates the pores and then is allowed to reach skin temperature approximately for 10 to 20 minutes. As the carbon dries, it is attaching to dirt, oil, and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Laser light is highly attracted to the carbon particles. The carbon absorbs the light energy and the reaction causes a mini explosion. The explosion pushes the energy, in the form of heat, deep into the layers of the skin where elastin and collagen are activated, and new cells begin producing. The heat is also beneficial in reducing the P. Acnes bacteria and helps shrink the sebaceous glands. On the surface of the skin, as the explosion occurs the carbon is vaporized along with any dirt, oil, or dead skin cells. The treatment has been described as feeling warm or prickly, but not painful. A loud click sound is heard as the carbon particles are targeted by the laser and the light energy is absorbed by the carbon particles. No numbing cream is needed or required. At the end of the treatment the skin will feel slightly warm. The skin is plump and smooth. The heat energy introduced through the explosion contributes to the skin looking and feeling plump and tighter, and fine lines are noticeably diminished over time. Cellular turnover is stimulated. Over a few weeks to months, the regenerative results will continue.
There is little to no time needed for recovery after the treatment. In some rare
instances itching, flaking and rashes might develop; most usually resolves in a few
days. Moderate aftercare includes using sun protection (SPF 30 or greater), avoiding
hot water, swimming, steam room/sauna, and hot tubs for 48 hours. Makeup can
be applied after the treatment if desired.
How many treatments are recommended?
A course of 4-6 treatments is recommended initially, one every 2 weeks. After the
initial treatments, monthly maintenance is recommended. For longer term change
in the tone, firmness, and radiance of the skin, multiple treatments are
Thoroughly cleanse the skin and dry well. Wipe the skin with alcohol or alcohol swab, ensure the skin is fully dry. Do a quick pass over the bare skin with the laser to soften, warm, and prep the skin. "Paint" the skin with a carbon medium in a very thin opaque layer and allow to dry 10-20 minutes. Remove the carbon with the laser and do a second quick pass over the skin to remove any excess carbon. Gently cleanse the skin with cool clean water.
The treatment may be combined with a chemical peel or soothing/calming mask. Based on the strength of chemical peel used, we may need to wait 4 weeks between the next Carbon Laser Facial. Follow up the treatment with moisturizer and SPF.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Does it hurt?
A carbon laser facial is a painless, non
invasive treatment that improves the appearance of your skin. After you leave Skinique,
you can return to work or other daily activities. You may see some redness right away that will fade as part of the healing process.
Q How long does the treatment take?
You can easily fit a carbon laser facial into your workday. The entire treatment, including a consultation, the application of the carbon paste and the laser
procedure, takes approximately 45 minutes.
Q What will I look like after treatment?
You could experience some mild redness after the treatment, but you will also see results in your glowing, radiant skin and reduced acne and pore size
immediately following your first treatment. This treatment has the power of multiple chemical peels, in a safe, non-invasive laser procedure.
Q How many sessions will I need?
You'll begin to see powerful results after only one session. A course of four to five sessions, spaced one to four weeks apart, can give great results for improved
collagen production, reduced oiliness and tighter, more radiant skin.