Aging brings inevitable changes to the skin. As time passes, the development of wrinkles, sun spots, enlarged pores, uneven texture and loose skin makes some men and women long for the toned, vibrant skin of their younger years. Carbon laser peels are a gentle but effective treatment that can enhance the health and appearance of your skin with no downtime. The versatile Q-switch laser used during the procedure can also painlessly improve scarring or uneven pigmentation from sun exposure or melasma. 

At Time 4 U Med Spa, board-certified Dr. Lisa Gulcher is proud to offer carbon laser peels to her patients. Book a consultation with us today to learn more about this versatile laser treatment and how Dr. Gulcher and her staff can design a personalized treatment plan to bring out the best in your skin.

How Does the Q-Switch Laser Work?

The Q-switch laser device incorporates multiple wavelength modes to address a wide range of skin concerns across all layers of the skin. This advanced technology ensures energy is delivered efficiently to maximize benefits in the target areas while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue. During treatment, the laser emits rapid energy pulses that last just billionths of a second to target pigment in the skin and damaged cells in the treatment area. These brief pulses are extremely powerful, allowing them to shatter areas of pigmentation, stimulate collagen production, and vaporize dead or blemished surface cells while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.

What Can the Q-Switch Laser Treat?

The Q-switch laser is used for two treatments at Time 4 U Med Spa. The carbon laser peel, also known as the Hollywood laser peel, uses the Q-switch laser to treat a variety of aesthetic concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, redness, acne scars, sun damage, age spots, skin laxity and uneven texture. We also use the Q-switch laser to treat melasma, a chronic pigmentary condition which causes dark, discolored patches to appear on the skin. Melasma is more commonly seen in women and is thought to be associated with sun exposure, hormonal changes during pregnancy and genetic factors.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Carbon Laser Peel?

Men and women seeking treatment for skin irregularities like unusual pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and uneven texture may be good candidates for Q-switch laser procedures. All skin tones, from light to dark, can be safely treated with this laser. Carbon laser peels are not appropriate for patients who are pregnant or nursing, or who have taken Accutane or any oral vitamin A acne therapy within the last six months. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gulcher to determine if this treatment is a safe and effective option for you.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?

Carbon laser peel treatments involve a multi-step process. First, topical carbon is applied to the skin and allowed to absorb. The carbon solution acts as a target for the laser. Second, the laser is passed over the skin to gently remove the carbon along with dead skin cells and other unwanted surface debris or pigmentation. The laser will be used on different settings to maximize benefits in both the superficial layers and the deeper layers of the skin. Patients may hear slight snapping sounds and also experience a mild tingling or warming sensation, but the treatment will remain gentle and comfortable at all times. No topical anesthesia or numbing cream is required.

How Long Does a Carbon Laser Peel Take?

Appointment length varies depending on the varying extent of the treatment for each patient. For overall skin rejuvenation and exfoliation with a carbon laser peel, patients should expect their treatments to last approximately 45 minutes. For improvement of melasma, the appointment can be completed in as little as 10 to 15 minutes.

Does Carbon Laser Peels Require Any Downtime?

The Q-switch laser is designed to reduce the risk of adverse reactions. Patients typically experience little to no skin redness, scaling, peeling or discomfort, allowing them to return to their regular activities directly after their session. Most patients notice an immediate glow and an overall improvement in their skin texture following treatment. 

What Are the Potential Side Effects of a Carbon Laser Peel?

Carbon laser peels are safe when performed by a skilled provider. At Time 4 U Med Spa, our laser skin treatment experts undergo extensive training to administer these techniques safely and effectively. Complications related to carbon laser peels are typically mild and temporary. All potential risks and side effects are discussed with patients prior to their treatment. 

How Many Treatments Are Needed? 

The number of treatment sessions necessary varies depending on each patient’s particular skin concerns and skincare goals. Multiple appointments may be needed to achieve optimal results for some patients. During an in-person consultation, Dr. Gulcher can recommend a specific number of treatments for patients based on the health of their skin and their unique concerns.

What Kind of Results Can Be Expected? 

Results from Q-switch laser treatments are gradual and cumulative. For patients treating melasma, multiple sessions will be required for optimal results as well as maintenance therapy for ongoing management of the condition. For patients targeting visible signs of aging or other skin imperfections with a carbon laser peel, immediate improvements to the softness and radiance of the skin are typically apparent after a single treatment. Patients will notice continued improvements with each subsequent session due to continued collagen and elastin stimulation. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a good skin care regimen will also increase the lifespan of results.

Revitalize Your Skin at Time 4 U Med Spa

Q-switch laser treatments for skin rejuvenation or melasma can deliver long-lasting results with just one session. If you are ready to enhance the health and appearance of your skin, Dr. Lisa Gulcher and her staff at Time 4 U Med Spa are prepared to offer a comprehensive facial assessment and create a personalized treatment plan designed to achieve your goals. Call us today to request a consultation and find out if Q-switch laser rejuvenation is the right choice for you.

The information about carbon laser peel was reviewed by Dr. Lisa Gulcher. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.