Carbon Facial- Aesthetic Medicine/ Cosmetology

What is carbon facial?

A carbon facial is a type of invasive procedure for the face to make the skin firmer, smoother, and softer. It is also known as carbon laser facial, carbon laser rejuvenation, the charcoal facial or charcoal peel. A dermatologist i.e.  doctor who is trained to treat skin diseases should be consulted for undergoing a carbon facial.

How is it beneficial?

Carbon facial is beneficial in patients with acne, wrinkles, pigmentation, large pores, or age spots. It helps to remove dead skin cells from the superficial epidermal layer. Carbon facial is helpful to brighten the skin and provides even skin tone. Hence, it provides cleaner skin complexion. It also helps to improve pore size and tightens the dilated pores. It reduces wrinkles as well as fine lines on the face and improves texture of the skin. It also decreases scars, acne, as well as any post acne discoloration. Carbon facial leads to collagen and elastin stimulation as well.

The procedure:

Before the procedure, the patient would be asked to remove any makeup or moisturizer from face. In the beginning of the procedure, a layer of liquid carbon is applied over the entire face, which penetrates deep into the pores of the skin. After around 15 minutes, when the carbon layer becomes dry, the laser is used such that it creates an impulsion of carbon particles. The laser light gets absorbed by the carbon layer on the face such that it focuses the laser energy on the epidermis layer of the skin. When the laser moves on the skin, the applied carbon layer gets vacuumed up and exfoliates the skin plus removes debris from pores.

Generally multiple treatments of carbon facial are required depending on the patient’s skin. A gap of 2 weeks is necessary between two treatments of carbon facial.

What to expect after the procedure?

Generally, there are not any serious side effects of carbon facial. Patient may resume to daily routine right away and can use makeup, lotion etc. Sometimes patient’s skin may have a flush appearance but it generally decreases after a few hours.



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About the Author:

Dr. Anand Lakhkar is a physician scientist from India. He completed his basic medical education from India and his postgraduate training in pharmacology from the United States. He has a MS degree in pharmacology from New York Medical College, a MS degree in Cancer/Neuro Pharmacology from Georgetown University and a PhD in Pharmacology from New York Medical College where he was the recipient of the Graduate Faculty Council Award for academic and research excellence.  His research area of expertise is in pulmonary hypertension, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular pharmacology.  He has multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at at prestigious conferences.