In the United States alone, there were almost five hundred thousand microdermabrasion procedures performed by physicians, nurses, and/or medical assistants during the last year, making it one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the world. In fact, it is only surpassed by injectable toxin treatments (like Botox), tissue fillers (hyaluronic acids like Juvederm or Restylane), and laser hair removal. Microdermabrasion has been a top 5 preferred procedure for at least the last decade.
Compare that to breast augmentation, or liposuction, each of which were performed just under 350,000 times during the same period, or the ever popular “nose job” that lightened the facial load for just under 150,000 recipients, and you get a sense for just how popular facial rejuvenation techniques covered under the category “microdermabrasion” are.
However, it is also important to note that the term microdermabrasion covers a range of mechanical skin resurfacing procedures. These include the “old school” technology of using sand or aluminum particles to “sand blast” the skin, stripping away the superficial layer. It also includes the use of abrasive tips, fibrous pads or brushes to give the skin sort of a “polished” feel. However, it also includes the more advanced technology, known as dermalinfusion, which is growing rapidly worldwide in its popularity. Dermalinfusion incorporates a form of microdermabrasion, in the process of clearing debris, oils and other impurities from the skin while also delivering a therapeutically appropriate treatment serum.
Dermalinfusion vs. Microdermabrasion
Marketed under the brand SilkPeel in most countries (and also “EnDouceur Dermolissage” in Europe), there are some stark differences in how medical professionals use dermalinfusion, and what they use it for, versus other more traditional microdermabrasion devices.
While they both remove a portion of the upper layer of the skin, or the stratum corneum, dermalinfusion devices are much more controlled and consistent in the way they do it. That is because, rather than blasting particles at skin (as with older microderm devices), or pushing an abrasive tip across the skin by hand, dermalinfusion uses the controlled vacuum pressure to pull the skin up into a chamber in the
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treated over 8 weeks with Lumixyl. (click to enlarge) Courtesy Dr. Ashish Bhatia
hand piece, where it is evenly abraded only as hard or softly as the vacuum pressure is set. This is significant, because all other devices (including Diamond Tome, Hydrafacial, and Dermasweep) rely on the operator to apply the same pressure, at the same speed, consistently over the skin. Unfortunately getting a perfectly even, consistent treatment from beginning to end is just not humanly possible with these devices. If an operator leaves the particle blast in one place too long, they can remove too much skin, causing pinpoint bleeding, and damaging the skin. If the operator pushes the hand piece down too hard or too soft, they will under-treat or over-treat the skin – and perhaps both over different areas during the same treatment.
The process of controlled exfoliation, or microdermabrasion is where the comparisons stop. However, it is just the beginning of the actual dermalinfusion treatment one receives during a SilkPeel procedure. This is where SilkPeel truly shines, both as a preferred treatment by the patient/client, and also as an invaluable tool for the skin care professional in treating a wide variety of skin conditions.
You see, with a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, that same controlled vacuum pressure that is used to pull the skin into the chamber, allowing the diamond abrasive tip to very consistently remove the stratum corneum, is also driving a therapeutically designed topical solution deep into the skin, right down to the dermal junction where the skin cells are regenerating. Think about this – as your skin is pulled up into the hand piece, the pores are stretched open, the top layer is stripped away, and at that very moment – not one second before or after, but at that moment when your skin is temporarily compromised and the pores are stretched open – the pneumatic pressure of the closed loop vacuum drives the solution down into the skin where it is needed most.
Tone/Texture Issues: After 4 Lumixyl SilkPeel Treatments. Courtesy Dr. Audrey Gentle
There are some devices that attempt to replicate dermalinfusion, by creating what they call “wet microdermabrasion”. That is, they scrape or blast away the skin, and then drip a solution onto the skin as they pass over. This will likely feel more comfortable than a traditional “dry” procedure, which can be quite irritating to already dry/damaged skin (Hydrafacial, or Dermasweep are examples of this, giving what amounts to a soothing spa-facial experience). But in reality, they are simply providing a lubrication so the exfoliation is not as harsh – they are not doing anything special to get the solution they are using to penetrate. Silkpeel’s dermalinfusion by contrast, provides the benefit of engaging the serum more deeply into the skin using pneumatic pressure to effect real penetration of an active ingredient. Nor do they tend to have as well formulated solutions, likely because the concept of applying a solution is largely an afterthought for many of these device-makers, and therefore not a core focus of their design or technology offerings.
On the other hand, the delivery of cutting edge ingredients to effect real benefits, visible improvements, to in effect transform your skin, is the very reason why the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion device was originally conceived into existence. And this is just what it does – quite well.
In fact, it has been reported in aesthetic medical journals recently that SilkPeel is being used for an ever increasing number of common skin conditions, and notably, with a great deal of success as well. From acne, to body treatments, to hyperpigmentation on the face, back and chest, dermalinfusion is making steady inroads to both dermatology and cosmetic surgery clinics.
In summary, microdermabrasion services (wet or dry, with crystals, diamond tips, or abrasive brushes) can be found in spas, salons and medi-spas, and they can give a nice “polish” to the skin, by stripping away the stratum corneum. The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is found in medical practices and high-end medical spas and goes much further, not just providing an effective and controlled exfoliation, but also treating your skin with a variety of active ingredients that address all things tone and texture related from acne and acne scarring, to hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, fine-line wrinkles, and even stretch-marks, and surface appearance of cellulite.
If you are looking for a solution to your skin conditions, that can be done in non-invasive phases during your lunch hour, won’t leave your skin dry or excessively irritated, and delivers tangible results that last, then you owe it to yourself to talk to today’s professional SilkPeel provider. Go to Envy Medical’s Physician Locator HERE to find the nearest provider to you.
If you are a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or other skin care professional, and you want to provide the gold standard non-invasive treatment in your office or medspa, contact Envy Medical now to arrange a demonstration of the latest advances in dermalinfusion – Click HERE to get contact information or to talk to a live representative based in Envy’s Westlake Village, California headquarters. SilkPeel outside of the USA can be found HERE.
ABOUT ENVY MEDICAL: Envy Medical is one of the most technologically innovative dermatology and medical aesthetics companies to enter the competitive skin care market in the past decade. Envy develops, markets and sells highly effective non-invasive skin rejuvenation therapies for patients suffering from either dermatologic or aesthetic conditions. The Company’s lead products include SilkPeel®, a breakthrough device combining exfoliation with Dermalinfusion® for deeper tissue delivery of active ingredients and better patient outcomes. Envy is also the exclusive licensor of skin brightening peptides including Lumixyl, developed at Stanford University. The Lumixyl peptide is available in Envy’s Lumixyl Topical Brightening System as well as in a topical solution for SilkPeel procedures, addressing hyperpigmentation and photodamage. More information can be found at www.envymedical.com.