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Everything You Need to Know About a Laser Carbon Peel

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The laser carbon peel is a fast and painless procedure done to help improve the look of skin. It’s used primarily by people with oily skin, acne, and enlarged or clogged pores. This treatment is also beneficial if you’re starting to see the effects of sun damage to your skin.

Laser carbon peels are not for everyone. In this article, we’ll go over the benefits and effectiveness of this procedure so that you can best determine if this treatment is the right one for you.

What are the benefits of a laser carbon peel?

Laser carbon peels deeply exfoliate skin. They also help stimulate collagen production.

Laser carbon peels are used to treat:

Chemical peels also treat these skin conditions, but here are some of the main differences between the two:

  • laser carbon peels use heat instead of chemicals for results

  • laser carbon peels require no down time

  • people with sensitive skin or skin conditions like eczema will usually experience less redness and irritation after a carbon peel than from a chemical peel.

How much does a laser carbon peel cost?

In larger cities, you can expect to pay around $400 per treatment for a laser carbon peel. Here at Pimp My Nails Plus our pricing is in the $250 range. Because laser carbon peels are cosmetic procedures, they are not typically covered by insurance.

What’s the procedure for a laser carbon peel?

Be sure to make an appointment for a consultation to discuss this procedure with our licensed aestheticians prior to having it done.

Your provider will recommend that you stop using retinols for around one week before the laser carbon peel. You should also use sunscreen daily during this time.

The laser carbon peel is a multi-part process that takes around 30 minutes from start to finish. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as a lunchtime peel.

Here’s what you can expect from a typical laser carbon peel:

  1. Your aesthetician will spread a layer of carbon mask onto your face. The carbon absorbs oil, dirt, and dead skin cells from deep within the pores.

  2. You’ll wait for about 2-10 minutes for the liquid carbon to dry.

  3. After the carbon has dried, your aesthetician will give you eye shields to protect your eyes from the laser.

  4. Your aesthetician will pass the q-switch laser over the skin on a low-energy setting. This fragments the liquid carbon into tiny particles.

  5. Your aesthetician may apply a serum, masque, and moisturizer to finish your service.

You should immediately see brighter, glowing skin and tighter pores.

If you have sensitive skin, you may experience a slight pinking or reddening of the skin. This usually lasts for one hour or less.

What’s aftercare like for a laser carbon peel?

Here are some do’s and don’ts for laser carbon peel aftercare:

  • Treat your skin gently after getting a laser carbon peel by continuing to moisturize daily.

  • It’s normal to see some flaking or experience dryness for a few days,

  • Use sunscreen regularly with at least SPF 30+ for several days after treatment.

  • Don’t use any products containing retinol for at least five days after treatment.

  • Do not exfoliate or use any abrasive or invasive skin treatments for at least one week.

  • If you have oily skin, use products designed to combat acne to maintain optimum results.

  • Use products containing collagen, collagen supplements, or follow a collagen-boosting diet if you have photoaged skin or fine lines.

How effective is a laser carbon peel?

Laser carbon peels are typically very effective for improving the look of oily skin and large pores. If you have severe acne or acne scarring, it may take several treatments before you see full results. Fine lines and wrinkles should also be visibly diminished after one or more treatments.

In one case study (Trusted Source), a young woman with severe pustular, cystic acne received six peel treatments two weeks apart.

Significant improvements were seen by the fourth treatment. After the sixth treatment, her acne was reduced by 90 percent. These long-lasting results were still apparent at a follow-up visit two months later.

Like chemical peels, laser carbon peels won’t provide permanent results. You may need ongoing treatments in order to sustain the benefits of each. Carbon peels may be repeated every two to three weeks. This period of time allows for ample collagen regeneration between treatments.

Everyone’s skin is different. Talk to your licensed aesthetician about how many treatments you should anticipate needing before you start to reap full benefits.

What are the side effects of a laser carbon peel?

Apart from a slight reddening of the skin and a tingling sensation, there should be no side effects after a laser carbon peel.

It’s important to have this procedure done by an experienced and licensed professional. This will help to ensure the safety of your skin and eyes as well as provide optimal results.

The takeaway

Laser carbon peels can refresh and improve the look of skin, and they’re best for people with oily skin, enlarged pores, and acne. People who have minor wrinkling and photoaging may also benefit from this treatment.

Laser carbon peels are painless, and require no recovery time. Other than mild and temporary redness, there are no reported side effects.

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