What is a carbon facial procedure?
This is a non-surgical procedure also known as carbon skin rejuvenation. It is a two stage process which freshens the complexion by removing the outer layers of dead skin cells from your face. It gradually reduces pore size and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. White heads and black heads are also often removed by this technique. Removing the dead skin layers also allows your moisturizer to work more effectively at home.
What does the treatment involve?
Carbon paste is first applied to the surface of the skin. The outer dead skin cells of the epidermis will absorb the carbon paste but deeper living cells of the skin will not absorb the paste. Using a special tip 1064nm wavelength of the laser will be absorbed by the carbon which is vaporized by the Q switched pulse along with the dead cells. The lining of the open pores also react with the carbon and blackheads / white heads are removed. The treatment has the immediate effect of a gentle laser peel. Slight heat is generated by fragmenting the carbon which penetrates the dermis leading to collagen denaturation. A series of treatments (6 months or more) can therefore cause new collagen formation. The second stage of the procedure enhances this process and the laser energy is absorbed deeper into the dermis causing micro injury to the collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen and elastin fibers will therefore regenerate and remodel leading to further reduction in the appearance of fine lines. This is then followed with a cleanse, tone and moisturizing of the area to further enhance the results and overall luxurious feel of the treatment.
Can everyone receive this treatment?
Your skin type, medical history and medication will be checked during your consultation to make sure you are suitable for treatment. Test patches will also be carried out during your initial visit to ensure no adverse skin reaction will occur. Your first full treatment cannot be carried out until these test patches have been reviewed by your practitioner after 1 day.
What are the risks of using this treatment?
Eye injury due to use of lasers is a risk to the client and to the practitioner. However, the risks are almost completely eliminated with the use of proper eyewear. Your eyes will be covered during any laser procedure either with special safety spectacles or with goggles similar to those worn in a tanning booth.
Will the treatment make my face red or sore?
No, this is a very gentle laser peel which only removes the dead skin cells revealing the new fresh ones. There is no down time and it is often carried out in clients' lunch hours. The skin will look and feel plumped up, firmer and silky soft with a gentle glow.
Can I wear make up after the treatment?
It is recommended that the face is left make up free for a couple of hours to ensure the make up does not irritate the skin.
How often can I have this treatment?
This can be a one-off treatment before a special occasion, but the best results are achieved from a monthly facial for a period of 6 months or more which causes new collagen formation in the skin.
Will it hurt?
No, not at all. It has been described as a gentle tapping on the skin or the feeling of warm water droplets running over the skin, I did find that it tickled especially around the nose area.
Are there any special precautions to take after treatment?
Make up should be left off for a couple of hours. The skin should be moisturized morning and evening and clients should stay out of strong sunlight or wear SPF 50 for 24 to 48 hours. Very hot baths or face washes should be avoided.
Can I have treatment on the day of my special event?
For the best results you should book a treatment for the week before any special event you have planned.
How much does it cost?
Carbon Skin Rejuvenation costs £45 for 1 session. If a package of several sessions is booked we offer some great savings.
Carbon facials - before and after
All of the images below are taken before and immediately after carbon facial treatments I have carried out. See the amazing results!
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