The carbon laser facial is a non-invasive laser treatment involving the use of a carbon based cream that is applied to the face and naturally absorbs the buildup within your pores. Even with seemingly clear skin, our pores are filled with buildup of dirt, pollution, sweat, and toxins that are absorbed in our skin in our day to day lives. This is particularly relevant in people who live in cities such as New York, in which levels of pollution in the air are higher. For some of us, this can result in acne breakouts, uneven skin texture, and even make us more susceptible to sun damage, skin deformities, and skin conditions. Drugstore facials, cleansers, and scrubs can help clean your skin on the surface, but generally do not eliminate the dirt that has built up deep in your pores over time. This is why aside from his more intense medical grade skin treatments, Dr. Schwarzburg offers the carbon facial, which is non-invasive and painless, and requires no downtime. Not every patient needs intense facial treatments, though they are still beneficial to most. The laser used for the carbon facial is an Nd-Yag laser, which is gentle on the skin while still doing its job of burning and eliminating the carbon along with the buildup that was once deep inside your pores.

Carbon Laser Facial treatment

What does a carbon laser facial do?

The carbon laser facial is used to treat nearly any skin type from oily and acne prone skin, to dry skin and more mature skin. It works through the use of a carbon based cream that is gently applied to the treatment area, typically the face, and left to dry. As it dries within 1 – 2 minutes, the carbon absorbs all the dirt, pollution, and sweat that has built up in the pores over time. Once it has settled on the skin, a Nd-Yag laser is used to burn the carbon containing the buildup in your pores. In return, the dirt that was once in your pores is burned and eliminated. The carbon laser facial is ideal for anyone, whether your skin is dry, oily, acne prone, or mature with fine lines and wrinkles. It can also prevent future breakouts from occurring, as the pores are cleared of chemicals and toxins that often lead to breakouts. The treatment is FDA approved and safe and is a great option for someone who wants a more advanced medical grade facial without the downtime associated with other more intense laser facials.

Can the carbon laser facial be combined with other treatments?

The carbon laser facial can be combined with a variety of other treatments depending on your ultimate goal. Many patients get Botox injections along with their carbon facial to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles for an overall more rejuvenated look. As many patients tend to opt for skin care treatments to refresh their face and smooth out their skin, dermal fillers such as Juvederm injections are commonly combined with the treatment for an even more refreshed look. These fillers can be used in various areas of the face such as the midface and even to contour the jawline. Another common filler is the under eye filler, which eliminates hollowness under the eyes, making the patient look more awake and well rested. This treatment area typically is administered using Restylane filler, though others may be used depending on Dr. Schwarzburg’s assessment.

There are various medical grade skin treatments that are used in combination with the carbon facial, some of them being lasers such as Fraxel as well as microneedling treatments, for example Secret RF. These treatments are more intense and are usually only administered monthly, bimonthly, or biyearly, while the carbon facial can be administered up to twice a week for maintenance.

Does a carbon laser facial hurt?

One of the major benefits of the carbon facial is that it is virtually painless. Most medical grade facials require a numbing agent to prevent pain and discomfort during the procedure. Because the laser used for the carbon facial is very mild and ultimately serves the purpose of burning the carbon rather than the top layer of the skin, the most that you will feel during the treatment is a zap that is comparable to a rubber band snapping against the skin.

What are carbon laser facial side effects?

The side effects associated with the carbon laser facial are minimal. There may be some redness for a few hours after the procedure. In addition you may notice your skin to be more dry than usual. This is completely normal and can be helped with a cream that Dr. Schwarzburg will provide you with after your procedure. For the first day, you should try to avoid heat, as your skin will be more sensitive than usual.

Is a carbon facial safe?

The carbon facial is safe and FDA approved to treat various skin types. Because the laser is mild, it doesn’t require numbing cream as it is nearly painless. It can also be administered twice a week with no downtime or unwanted side effects often associated with other laser treatments.

How long do carbon laser results last?

It is better to observe carbon laser results in terms of efficacy rather than in terms of longevity. Optimal results can be seen after a 3 week period of 2 sessions per week and will last you as long as you maintain your skin with care. Many patients get weekly follow up appointments after the initial 3 week regimen to maintain their results and continue to treat their skin as the treatment does not prevent the pores from filling with buildup in the future. Weekly or biweekly treatments and followup appointments are a great way to avoid further buildup in the pores and to maintain a healthy glow and smoother complexion.

How do I get started with carbon laser NYC?

The carbon laser facial is widely available at medical spas around NYC. When selecting your medical spa, be sure to do extensive research on the professional administering your laser, as someone who is unqualified could lead to unwanted side effects and undesirable results. Dr. Schwarzburg is a board certified medical cosmetic professional with years of experience with a variety of medical treatments including the carbon laser facial amongst various more intense lasers. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Schwarzburg for your carbon laser facial, please contact the office at (212) 774-4264, or email us at