Carbon laser peeling is a laser procedure, which reduced the oiliness of the skin, the size of the enlarged pores and an overall smoothing of the skin’s surface.
The heightened oiliness and enlarged pores are one of the most common cosmetic issues of the face in different ages. The most commonly used methods for treating enlarged pores are applying products for home use, chemical peeling, different ablative laser technologies, fractional radiofrequency, microneedling and others.
Expected results from carbon peeling
- Firming and visible reduction of enlarged pores
- Cleaning the pores of the sebum
- Shrinking the oil glands and as a result reducing the oiling of the skin – and as a result of this reducing the acne’s activeness for people prone to it.
- Antiseptic effect on hair follicles, which leads to a reduction of the quantity of bacteria and reducing acne.
- Stimulating collagen synthesis with a following tightening of the skin.
- Peeling the unviable cells on the upper layers of the skin.
Nature of the procedure.
The carbon laser peeling is done in two stages. As a preparation for the procedure, carbon gel or carbon powder is applied on the skin. The aim is for it to cover the skin entirely and to enter the pores. It’s done with the purpose to heighten the effect of the laser beam on the skin and its reaching the inside surfaces of the pores, which would not be possible or at least not enough if the skin was treated without such a “stimulator”.
After applying the carbon gel, the skin is treated with Nd: YAG laser with the wavelength of 1064 nm, and it works with very short impulses. The laser light is absorbed by the carbon particles and in leads to their ignition in the pores. By this the effect of the light on the treated skin is increased and a treatment on the inside surfaces of the pores, where the carbon particles have reached, is achieved. As a result of this process a remodeling of the pore is observed, it reduces its size and reduces the oiliness of the skin. With the photoreaction the bacterial growth in the pore is suppressed, and in this way the acne lesions on the skin are reduced. As a result from the carbon peeling, in the long term reducing acne outbreaks is achieved.
Peeling the superficial layers of the skin after the peel is combined with the heightened collagen production, resulting in the activation of the fibroblasts under the effect of the laser light. This leads to a visible change in the outer layers of the skin and obtaining fresher, younger skin.
During the procedure, a light warming is felt on the surface of the skin, but there is no pain. It’s overcome by using spurts of cold air which neutralizes the feeling of high temperature. Right after the peeling, the face is red for a couple of days, and after that the outer layer of the skin starts to peel off, and the whole recovery process takes 4-5 days. It is important that sunscreen and a hydrating cream are applied during that time, because they make the flaking go smoother and it reduces the irritation.
Carbon peeling therapy includes a series of 3 or 4 procedures throughout 3-4 weeks, but due to the fact that after the first procedure visible results are achieved, it is very likely that you will already be satisfied. In case the results from the first 1-2 peelings are completely satisfactory, the discontinuing of the treatment can be done at that point.
Advantages over other methods
There are a few reasons why carbon peeling is in our practice even with so many existing alternative procedures. Firstly, it is a non-ablative laser procedure, i.e. it doesn’t harm the surface of the skin and the laser beam does not go through it. This makes the procedure minimally invasive with small trauma to the treated skin surface and a short recovery period. Unlike the other laser procedures that we use for treating enlarged pores, the recovery period is about 5-7 days and it mainly consists of redness of the skin. This way the procedure is commensurable with the recovery period needed after a chemical peel. On the other hand, carbon laser peeling does not use acids, which makes the procedure available to people with sensitive skin. The risk of having residual hyperpigmentation, which is typical for some laser procedures and the medium-deep chemical peeling, is minimal in this case.
As with every procedure, the skin’s condition or other diseases must be taken into consideration even with carbon peeling, in order to not have any possible side effects. Contra-indications for doing this kind of peeling is active and heavy acne, which could get worse during the procedure. Having a bacterial (staphylococcus, streptococcus, etc.) or viral (herpes simplex) infections are absolute contra-indications for doing the peeling. In heightened sensitivity of the skin towards sunlight and diseases that result in such sensitivity, carbon peeling should not be done.