Have an upcoming event, but your skin just isn’t cooperating? If so, you’re probably looking for fast and effective treatments to get your skin picture-perfect in no time. 

During your search, you may have encountered carbon laser peels and other laser treatments. They’re popular because they’re non-invasive and produce immediate results.  

However, it’s also a very different procedure to the more common laser resurfacing techniques. So, before you book an appointment, it’s best to make sure that you’re completely sold on carbon peel lasers first.

In this article, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the carbon peel laser treatment offered by Introlift Medical Spa! Read on to learn about laser peeling benefits and risks, and how much it may cost you. 

How Carbon Peel Laser Treatment Works

Carbon peel laser treatment on face

The carbon laser peel from Introlift is a two-part treatment. It combines the use of peel-off masks, such as carbon masks, and laser therapy.

The carbon mask is made of liquified activated carbon. It differs from the graphite form of carbon as it has an imperfect form, unlike the graphite’s crystalline structure. Its imperfect pattern makes activated carbon more porous. Thus, it also has a larger surface area.

This property makes it a good adsorbent. During adsorption, small particles bind to the surface of the activated carbon. The adsorptive capabilities of activated carbon also make it suitable for numerous medical uses.

One of its applications is in skincare. Activated carbon has become a common ingredient in the latest facial masks, cleansers, and other skincare products. This ingredient helps impurities from the skin cling to masks.

Now, let’s talk about the laser treatment part.

The Laser

Laser treatments work by concentrating short energy beams into the affected skin. These treatments can either be ablative or non-ablative. 

Ablative lasers aim to remove thin layers from the skin to give way to fresher ones. On the other hand, non-ablative lasers heat the lower layers of the skin to promote cell and collagen production.

Carbon peel laser treatments are non-ablative. They work by activating the lower skin layers and promoting skin rejuvenation. This treatment usually uses Q-switched laser beams, which highly concentrate on their target area.

The best thing about this type of laser is one beam only lasts one billionth of a second. Thus, Q-switched lasers prevent burns and irritation due to prolonged exposure. They also reduce the chances of damage to surrounding cells. 

While these mechanisms may feel simple, laser equipment is still complex. So, if you’re thinking of getting laser treatments, you should only go to a trained professional establishment, such as the Introlift Medical Spa. We will ensure that your laser peeling is safe and effective.

Still confused about how laser peeling differs from ablative laser treatments?

This next section sheds light on that very topic.

Laser Resurfacing vs. Carbon Laser Peeling

Woman having laser skin treatment

From hair removal to skin rejuvenation, Introlift is on top of the latest laser technologies.

This type of technology has boomed in the cosmetics industry, so it’s fairly easy to get mixed up about which treatment you may need. 

Here’s what you need to know about the differences in laser technology: 

Laser resurfacing is an ablative treatment where energy beams remove the top layers of the skin. It removes skin layer by layer, thus giving way to healthier and fresher skin underneath. It’s commonly used to treat:

There are different types of laser resurfacing techniques. CO2 laser resurfacing uses short pulsed beams to remove birthmarks, scars, and wrinkles.

On the other hand, fractional laser resurfacing targets deeper parts of the skin. It stimulates collagen, making the skin appear fuller and tighter. Thus, dermatologists and aestheticians commonly use it to remove lines and large-looking pores in the skin.

Last but not least is erbium laser resurfacing. This laser treatment works the same as the previously mentioned treatments. But unlike CO2 and fractional lasers, erbium laser resurfacing can avoid risks of redness and swelling.

Since these treatments are ablative, they may take more time to heal. The recovery period will be between one to three weeks. This period is quite long, especially if you urgently need your face to be flawless.

This is where carbon laser peeling comes in.

Carbon Laser Peeling 101

Carbon peeling procedures provide results almost instantly, right after the treatment. Risks of bruising, swelling, and redness are also avoided. 

In this treatment, the lasers don’t take away the layers of the skin. Instead, they vaporize the carbon, effectively removing the facial impurities bonded with it. Additionally, the lasers enhance skin rejuvenation by activating healing in deeper skin layers.

Now you have a better understanding of laser peeling, it’s time you learn about how exactly it can benefit you. 

Benefits and Risks of Laser Peeling

Laser peeling has many advantages over traditional cosmetic treatments. The most prominent benefit of getting this treatment is getting soft, dewy, and rejuvenated skin in no time. 

Carbon peel laser treatments enhance the skin by activating collagen and cell production in the deeper layers of the skin. This paves the way to soft and radiant skin.

The best thing about carbon peel laser treatments is their suitability for those with sensitive skin. Unlike chemical peels, laser peels do not result in redness. 

Insider tip: you can also opt for the Introlift Revive for Sensitive Skin if you want your face to be refreshed and energized!

The heat from lasers also helps treat acne by killing bacteria and clearing up pores. It can also shrink sebaceous glands, thus reducing excessive oil production. 

Laser peels can significantly benefit you if you have problems with:

Like many other treatments, laser peeling also has its risks. It can cause burns, stinging pain, and blisters. However, these risks are pretty rare. You can also avoid these risks by visiting a certified dermatologist or highly-trained aesthetician.

What to Expect During Carbon Laser Peel

Woman having carbon peel laser treatment

Ever wondered why carbon peel laser treatments are called lunchtime facials?

It’s because you can get a carbon laser peel in just as little as 30 minutes! 

In this short time, your dermatologist can help you achieve so much. 

Let’s take a look at what you should expect during the actual carbon laser peel treatment.

As stated earlier, a carbon peel laser treatment is a cross between peel and laser treatments.

First, your technician will apply a mask of liquid carbon to your skin. This mask absorbs oils, dead skin, and dirt from the skin. It will take 10-20 minutes for this liquid carbon to dry and successfully cling to any contaminants.

After this waiting time, your Introlift aesthetician will help you put on some protective glasses for your eyes. They’ll then use short-pulsed lasers, such as a Q-switched laser, to heat the carbon.

Your aesthetician will first use the low-energy setting of the laser. This heats up and further dries up the carbon, just enough to stick to the first layer of skin. 

Additionally, this process heats the subdermal layer of the skin. In effect, it boosts collagen production and skin cell reproduction. This simple step is responsible for giving you a glowy and fresh look.

Then, they’ll switch the laser to a high-energy beam. During this part, the laser emits enough energy to break apart the carbon layer on your skin. The carbon particles then evaporate along with the skin impurities bound to them. 

Preparing for Carbon Peel Laser

The procedure for carbon peel lasers may be easy, but you’ll still have to prepare for it. 

Your first appointment with your dermatologist will be a simple consultation. During this meeting, you and your doctor will discuss and set some expectations.

Additionally, your dermatologist will also inform you of the risks of the procedure. You can also discuss special concerns with your dermatologist. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you can ask them about the normal level of skin irritation after laser treatment.

After the consultation, your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare for the treatment. They will likely advise you to avoid tanning and other activities that may lead to overexposure to the sun. If you can’t avoid sun exposure, make sure you wear sunscreen.

It is also vital for you to avoid any medications increasing photosensitivity to prevent burning your skin from the lasers. Here are just some of the medications to avoid at least 3 days before your laser peeling treatment:

  • Antibiotics, like tetracycline and doxycycline
  • Acne medications, like isotretinoin
  • Methotrexate 
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

Carbon Peel Laser Aftercare

Woman applying face cream

Your skin may already feel and look perfect after your procedure. But going to an event bare-faced may not be something you’d like to do.

Luckily, carbon peel laser treatments have no downtime! 

You won’t have to worry because you can wear makeup just a few hours after your treatment! Make sure you ask your clinic how long you have to wait before applying makeup to avoid irritating your skin.

How to Care for Your Skin After a Carbon Peel Laser Treatment

You should definitely continue your regular skincare routine to preserve the impressive carbon peel laser treatment results. Moisturize daily using the products your dermatologist prescribes.

Skin fresh from laser treatments is also prone to burns. You should thus wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

Did you know that you can still be exposed to UV even when you’re indoors? 

To be safe, it’s best to wear sunscreen indoors, especially if you’ve got wide windows. Not only will this step help you preserve your glowy skin until your next laser treatment. It will also prevent the early onset of skin aging effects.

If skin aging is a pressing concern for you, you will benefit from the Introlift Therapeutic Heat Facial. It uses advanced LED therapy to boost your skin’s vitality and radiance. However, you’ll need to wait a while after your carbon peel laser treatment, before it’s safe to undergo a heated facial. 

Why?

Because after a carbon peel laser treatment, you need to avoid exposure to heat. It’s best to reschedule your trip to a sauna and refrain from taking hot tubs and steam showers. 

Some skincare products can also cause burns and irritation.

Remember: retinol and lasers don’t mix

Retinols are known for their strong exfoliating properties. It can do more damage if you apply some while your skin is still sensitive after the laser treatment. For good measure, avoid any products with retinol for at least 1-2 weeks after treatment.

While carbon peel laser treatments are less abrasive than chemical peels, some people may experience flaking. You can expect these for a few days after treatment. If you have sensitive skin, you may also notice some inflammation. But don’t worry because it’ll only last for a few hours.

Costs of Carbon Peel Laser Treatments

Finally, you should consider how much you’re willing to pay for a facial treatment

Laser resurfacing can cost up to thousands of dollars. Luckily, a session of carbon laser peeling at Introlift only costs $300.

If you want to maintain your skin texture and appearance, you can also consider getting additional carbon laser peel treatments. 

Make sure you budget for these succeeding treatments, too! You can get carbon peel laser treatments 2-3 weeks after your previous session.

You should also remember to budget for moisturizers and other skincare products. This way, you can preserve the cost-effective results of carbon peel laser treatments without paying too much.

And remember:

Carbon peels and laser treatments are cosmetic procedures. As a result, your insurance will, sadly, not cover them.

Should You Get a Carbon Peel Laser Treatment?

Carbon peel laser treatment has the combined benefits of carbon facials and laser treatments while being non-invasive.

It offers promising and cost-effective results. The best part? You can get instant results after just one session of carbon peel laser!

It costs a bit more than standard facials and peels, but it’s much cheaper than laser resurfacing. And while there are some risks to carbon peel lasers, the pros far outweigh the cons. 

Now that you’re up to speed on everything carbon peel laser, you can make an informed decision.

Remember, you have to choose a clinic with dermatologists and trained aestheticians. At the Introlift Medical Spa, you can rest assured that you’ll get safe and effective treatments. 

Once you’re ready, all you need to do is give us a call and book your appointment. 

With a carbon peel laser treatment, the camera-ready skin you want is only 30 minutes away!