What is a Carbon Mask treatment?
Originally called the “Spectra” Carbon Peel; carbon laser treatments create heat that exfoliates the top layer of skin, leaving your skin silky smooth. Our signature “Carbon Mask Photofacial” is one the best treatments for stimulating collagen.
How does the Carbon Photofacial benefit my skin?
The laser breaks the carbon into fine particles that help to clear pores; shrinking sebaceous glands and removing dead skin cells. The photofacial results in less oily skin as well as eliminating bacteria. The end result is less acne, better tone, and healthier skin.
What does stimulating collagen produce?
Our skin if full of protein, and collagen has a whopping 30% composition. Collagen is vital to the overall laxity of your skin. The degradation of type 1 collagen (within the face) is the number one cause of wrinkles. Sun damage, environmental, and age all act to break down the collagen within our skin.
What are the benefits of increased collagen in the skin?
The Photofacial Carbon Peel is an excellent treatment to promote collagen stimulation; resulting in revitalized skin structure and tone. Collagen is critical for the structural integrity of our skin. The stronger the collagen, the greater the elasticity of your skin.
What is skin elasticity?
Elasticity of the skin is responsible for the flexibility of our skin. As we mentioned before, age and other factors breakdown the collagen within our skin. The aging process starts at 25, and the effects start to show at 30. What does this mean to you? If you’re looking to reduce the effects of aging, it’s important to start the prevention process as early as possible.
Will the Carbon Mask Photofacial help reduce my wrinkles?
Yes! The byproduct of heat is collagen production. A good overall skin regime (topical, lasers, sun avoidance) is critical for healthier skin. There are topical aesthetic products (Environ, SkinCeuticals) that work better when used in conjunction with laser treatments and other collagen building applications.
What can I expect during a Carbon Mask Photofacial?
Carbon lotion is applied to the skin and left to dry for 10-15 minutes. The laser then heats the carbon actively killing acne bacteria and stimulating collagen. Once the procedure is complete, we apply a calming antiserum that helps to activate cellular regeneration. The great thing about the peel is it allows for deeper penetration for any topical Vitamin based product.
How often can I have a Carbon photofacial?
For the best results, and for active acne we recommend every 2-3 weeks. Typically, a follow up of 2-3 treatments a year are needed to maintain the level of wrinkle reduction and tightening that’s achieved from previous treatments. The laser is the equivalent to 2 chemical peels without the downtime! What does now downtime mean? You can go right back to work, so it’s perfectly fine to have a treatment during your lunchbreak. Plus, it treats all forms of acne – teens, adults, cystic and more.
How many sessions will I need?
Results vary from one individual to the next and depend on age and the condition of the skin. Skin texture, pore size, and smoother skin can be seen immediately after the first treatment. Greater improvements will be achieved with more treatments.
How long do treatments take to perform?
Each session is approximately 25-40 minutes. If hands or chest are included in the session, allow for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Will I need maintenance treatments?
Maintenance treatments are recommended and are important in order to maintain visible results. Our experienced staff will be able to provide you with a personalized treatment plan and help determine how many treatments are needed.
Am I a good candidate for a Carbon Mask Photofacial?
If you are concerned about the appearance of your skin, have age spots, enlarged pores, fine lines, you are an ideal candidate for a Carbon Mask Photofacial. Contraindications include those who have healed poorly after other types of laser treatment, those prone to skin discoloration and anyone who is pregnant. Those who are tanned should wait for the tan to fade for best results and individuals using photosensitive medications such as Accutane, tetracycline, or Retin-A should discontinue the medication 2 weeks prior to treatment, and for Accutane, 6 months before treatment.
What should I avoid after having a Carbon Mask Photofacial?
Sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided post-treatment and the use of exfoliants or harsh products such as retinol creams or glycolic acid creams. Excessive heat such as sauna or hot tubs should also be avoided immediately after treatment as well.