Carbon Laser - Important information, Cost and Side Effects

 Carbon laser or carbon laser peel is a painless skin care technology that does not depend on surgery or injections, but rather relies only on the benefits of both carbon and laser in getting rid of skin problems.  

It is especially useful for people with oily skin, acne conditions, or people with enlarged pores, in addition to being a good remedy for sun damage on the skin during the summer…

Benefits of carbon laser

Carbon laser mainly peels the skin and stimulates the production of collagen in it, and therefore it is an effective treatment for many conditions, including:

  • Acne and even chronic it.
  • Effects of acne of both types: pigmentation or scarring.
  • Wide pores, which is one of the most prominent problems that affect skin health and lead to the development of other problems.
  • Melasma and brown spots.
  • Wrinkles and signs of aging.

Advantages of carbon laser

  • Carbon laser does not cause pain and does not require full or local anesthesia during the session.
  • It cleanses the skin.
  • It effectively treats acne and deals with the underlying problem that causes it.
  • Treats spots and pigmentation and evens skin tone.
  • Reduces the effects of deep lines and wrinkles and conceals fine lines.
  • Treats scars, wound marks, grains and birthmarks.
  • It removes dead skin, impurities and accumulated oils.
  • It is considered a safe technique that does not cause side effects.
  • He does not need a recovery period after the session.
  • Can be used on the face, underarms, elbows and knees.

What distinguishes carbon laser peeling from other types of peeling?

Both types of chemical peeling and carbon laser help treat the same skin problems, and both rely on peeling the surface layer of the skin to reveal the new, healthy and fresh cells, but the main difference between them is that the carbon laser uses heat instead of chemicals to do peeling and stimulate collagen production .

The carbon laser is also characterized by the fact that it does not need a long recovery period like chemical peeling, as you will most likely not need to be absent from work, in addition to that the carbon laser is suitable for those with sensitive skin or those who suffer from specific problems such as eczema more than chemical peeling, which often causes redness and irritation for such cases .

What are the procedures before the carbon laser session?

Carbon laser peeling is usually performed in the doctor’s office or the specialized dermatological clinic, and it must always be ensured that the person performing the procedure has the necessary competence, any skin treatment may cause injury or infection if the person performing the treatment is not qualified and experienced necessary.

The doctor or specialist will ask you to avoid using retinol for about a week before the session and will also stress the importance of adhering to sunscreen during this period, so it is best to sit down with the doctor or esthetician to discuss the procedure and the necessary instructions before scheduling the session.

How does carbon laser work?

The carbon particles absorb the oils and pollutants present between the pores, and then the laser beams target the carbon particles laden with impurities, thus leaving the skin pure.

What happens during a carbon laser session?

experience with carbon laser

The carbon laser session generally takes 30 minutes and does not require any kind of anesthesia, so you can leave the clinic immediately after the session, and it includes three main steps:

First: liquid carbon wash

As a first step, the doctor or skin specialist applies a layer of liquid carbon or a cream that contains high levels of carbon to your skin, then leaves it for a few minutes to dry. The task of liquid carbon is to rid the skin of dead cells, oils, and other dirt that is inside the pores. When the liquid carbon dries, it sticks. This dirt to get it out of the pores.

Second: thermal laser

After the liquid carbon dries, a shield is placed on the eyes to protect from laser, so that the doctor or specialist begins to use the thermal laser. The thermal laser heats the carbon, which enhances the absorption of impurities from the skin, in addition to the fact that the heat stimulates the production of collagen, which fights fine lines and wrinkles.

For people who suffer from sensitive skin or from dark spots and melasma, the doctor usually prefers to bypass the thermal laser stage.

Third: pulsed laser

The third and final step is the pulsed laser that is used to break up the carbon. The laser destroys the carbon particles as well as any oils, dead cells, bacteria and other impurities on the skin. The heat also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to make your skin look firmer and more youthful.

Most of the time, the doctor ends the session with moisturizing cream and sunscreen to protect the skin from sun damage if the session is during the day.

You can notice the results as soon as you leave the clinic, and the skin becomes bright, fresh and taut. In cases of sensitive skin, you may notice some redness in the skin, which may last for about an hour or less.

What are the skin care steps after carbon laser?

skin care steps after carbon laser?

After undergoing the carbon laser session, the doctor or skin care specialist asks you to take the following steps:

  • Commit to moisturizing your skin daily with a suitable moisturizer, as usually after peeling sessions, the skin suffers from dryness for a few days.
  • Commit to applying sunblock before leaving the house, and choose a type with an SPF of at least 30+.
  • For people with oily skin and acne, the doctor usually recommends using products that fight acne after a carbon peeling session to maintain the results of the session.
  • Any other type of exfoliation, no matter how mild or superficial, should be avoided, and products that contain exfoliating ingredients should be avoided.
  • Also, products containing retinol should be eliminated from your skin care routine for at least five days to a week after a carbon peel. 
  • Finally, it is recommended to use products that contain collagen and take collagen supplements (powder or pills), especially for people who suffer from fine lines and wrinkles, in order to enhance the results of carbon peeling in their treatment.

How effective is carbon laser?

The carbon laser contributes to the improvement of oily skin and the treatment of wide pores in a wonderful way, as the results can be seen after the first session. As for acne and the effects of acne, you often need more than one session to get the desired results, as well as for fine lines and wrinkles.

The improvement can be noticed after the first session, but the results The final treatment may require several sessions to be determined by the doctor or the person in charge of the treatment.

According to experiments, significant improvements were observed in cases of acne after the fourth session, while the improvement reached 90 percent after the sixth session, taking into account that the sessions were at a two-week interval between one session and the other, and these results are considered long-term and continue even after the end of treatment.

As for other results related to wrinkles, wide pores and oily skin, it is like other types of peeling. In order for the results to continue, you need to follow up the sessions every two to three weeks. In the end, you must discuss with the doctor about the number of sessions that each case needs to get the desired results.

Damages and side effects of carbon laser

Carbon laser is usually safe and does not cause damage to the skin if the treatment is done in a specialized center and by a qualified doctor. As for people with sensitive skin, you should consult a doctor before performing the laser and make sure that it is suitable for your skin.

Some symptoms and side effects can appear after a carbon laser session, which go away quickly, including:

Redness, swelling and swelling of the skin, which usually goes away within a few hours.

A feeling of heat in the skin, which is a minor side effect that goes away quickly.

Feeling tingling, pain, or pulsation in the skin, and if the pain is simple or portable, this matter is not a cause for concern, but if you notice that the pain is severe, you should contact the doctor immediately.

In some cases, carbon peels can lead to a bacterial or viral infection, and then the doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

It can cause a change in the color of the skin, it may make it a little lighter or darker.

My experience with carbon laser

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A girl recounts her experience with this technique, and she is one of the people who underwent carbon laser treatment, as she was suffering from scars and acne marks, and these sessions had a great impact on her condition, so positive results began to appear clearly after the second session out of five sessions that a doctor prescribed.

Regarding the negative effects that were associated with the sessions, she explained that they were limited to redness and a feeling of some tingling and burning that could be tolerated, which disappeared on its own after two days.

What is the cost and prices of carbon laser?

There are a number of factors that determine the prices, including: skin condition, the purpose of using the carbon laser, the reputation of the doctor and the medical center where the sessions are performed…

But in general, prices range from 110 to 300 US dollars, and the average in the United States is between 150 to 300 dollars per session, while in Saudi Arabia, prices range from 110 to 150 dollars per session, which is equivalent to 400 to 550 Saudi riyals as well. This is the case in beauty centers located in the United Arab Emirates, while in Egypt, the costs of a laser session are about $100 per session.

Who are the candidates for carbon laser facial?

  • People with wide pores.
  • People with oily skin, that is, those whose skin tends to produce large amounts of natural oils.
  • People who suffer from increased fat mass in the skin.
  • People who suffer from chronic acne.
  • People who suffer from melasma, spots and pigmentation.

Is carbon laser painful?

No, one of the most important advantages of carbon laser is that it is considered one of the modern and effective skin treatment methods at the same time that does not cause pain, and does not require local or general anesthesia during the session.

What is the difference between carbon laser and fractional laser?

The difference between the carbon laser and the fractional laser (carbon dioxide laser) lies in the extent of the laser effect. The carbon laser has a deeper effect than the carbon dioxide laser, and therefore it is suitable for treating deep lines, tightening the skin, treating scars, acne effects, and pigmentation.

While the carbon dioxide or fractional laser is considered to have a superficial effect and is therefore suitable for treating superficial pigmentation and fine lines.

What is the difference between chemical peeling and carbon peeling?

The difference is represented in the technique used and the nature of the materials. Also, the carbon peeling includes one technique and one type, while the chemical peeling is divided into several levels and several types according to the depth of the peeling, its effect, and the type of chemicals that depend on it.

Likewise, carbon peeling is suitable for all skin types, while chemical peeling is not suitable for all of them. Also, carbon peeling usually does not leave any traces after the session. On the other hand, chemical peeling needs care during the days following peeling, and the final result can take about a month or a month and a half to appear. After chemical peeling, in contrast, carbon laser is characterized by its immediate results.

When can the face be cleaned after carbon laser?

Dermatologists strongly recommend maintaining the cleanliness of the face and everything that will come into contact with the skin after the carbon laser, such as: towel, pillow … in addition to using certain types of skin cleansers so that they are gentle and have an appropriate effect, such as those that contain salicylic acid.

The face can be washed a few hours after the carbon peeling session, and this is done by relying on the types of cleansers recommended by the doctor, avoiding strong types, and avoiding exfoliating the skin during the days following the treatment.

When do carbon laser results appear?

The appearance of carbon laser results depends on several factors, the most important of which is the condition of the skin being treated, the number of sessions that you need, and the extent to which you continue to receive and regularize these sessions... But in general, you can notice the results clearly starting from the first session, and these results continue to improve during the first week that follows. session.

How many sessions do I need from carbon laser?

The number varies according to the case, the level of the problem, and the quality of treatment. In general, doctors usually recommend undergoing 3 carbon laser sessions, so that the final results appear within three months.


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