Office Powerpeel Microdermabrasion Machine Review

I am no expert in professional microdermabrasion machines but I have had 3 full treatments with a Power Peel machine. I didn't choose Power Peel on purpose, that's the machine my local cosmetic salon uses. I was happy with the results

There are more than 200 microdermabrasion machines on the market. Designed for at-home or professional use, they work differently and have several speeds and handling mechanisms. The first companies to produce such devices were Dermagenesis and Power Peel (we don't know exactly which of the two was first because they both claim to be the pioneers in the field of professional microderm machines).

But before continuing, you might want to read about the top three home micro dermabrasion kits reviewed on this site: Youthful Essence, Dermanew and Neutrogena (also see my latest microdermabrasion kit review, the Personal Microderm System).

Microbrasion machines are designed almost exclusively for professional offices. Since clients of dermatology clinics or beauty salons don't know the type of machine that has just been used to perform micro dermabrasion on their skin, we had difficulty finding consumer reviews.

The cost of some of these systems is difficult to find out, because most makers are reluctant to giving out an exact figure unless they are sure you intend to buy one. The minimum cost, however, is around $200 while the maximum can reach $40,000.

What Is Power Peel Microdermabrasion Machine?

Power Peel is one of the most popular brands of microdermabrasion machines and units in the industry, almost synonymous with the entire procedure. Their first machine, the DMS 1000 Micro-Dermabrasion System, was designed and manufactured by the Italian firm Mattioli Engineering SRL. The Power Peel name was invented and announced by dr. Julius Newman, at the American Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery meeting held in New Orleans in October 1996.

The official presentation of Power Peel states that their machines are the most popular microderm units in the US today. It also states that:

How Does Power Peel Work?

You can find PowerPeel microdermal systems operated by Licensed Clinical Aestheticians in spas, dermatology clinics, and plastic surgeon's offices in Europe and US.

Let's take a look at all the Power Peel systems (the information below is taken from the Power Peel official site). They all come with a full one-year warranty and on-site training and they come in two different designs: one for aestheticians and one for doctors.

Types of Power Peel Microderm Machines

Microdermabrasion Machines for Aestheticians

Medical Grade Microdermabrasion Machines

Power Peel vs Other Micro Dermabrasion Systems

The official presentation says that PowerPeel's main benefits are:

Some of these features, however, are available on other microdermabrasion machines as well.

What Results To Expect From Power Peel Microderm Abrasion Unit?

Some specialists who have used the Power Peel microderm abrasion machine say that the Power Peel equipment does work on fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, seborrhea and psoriasis, dull and blemished skin. They also say that the system can be used successfully on the whole body.

We found a preliminary Power Peel report, written by dr. Steven B. Hopping illustrating results from a case study carried out in Philadelphia, in November 1996. Four patients were treated for blotchy skin, mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scarring, and enlarged pores.

The clinical results showed:

Power Peel Machine Testimonials

The next few quotes are taken from the official Power Peel site (we cannot verify their objectivity):

"With the Power Peel, there is a wide margin of safety. It is a kind, gentle method for patients who are beginning to become concerned about the changes they see in their appearance, yet feel that they are in fact too young for definitive plastic surgery as yet." - Steven Zax, M.D., Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Beverly Hills, CA.

"We have used the Power Peel extensively for the treatment of depressed acne scars of moderate depth, and have found the system to provide definite improvement without any down time. Patients not otherwise candidates for laser skin resurfacing have been treated with the Power Peel unit and subcutaneous filler substances with marked improvement." - Alan Brackup, M.D., Cosmetic Surgeon, Langhorne, PA

"Power Peel treatments are valuable as an adjunct in the treatment of hyper pigmentation, particularly in individuals of Latin American or Mediterranean descent. PowerPeel treatments have been our superficial peeling treatment of choice in individuals of all skin types with rosacea and hyperpigmentation, since these individuals are generally more sensitive to chemical peeling agents. Controlled deeper Power Peel treatments have also been effective in the treatment of acne scars." - Debra Price, M.D., Dermatologist, Miami FL.

Power Peel Microderm Abrasion Chart Review

What Is It? Power Peel is a brand of office microdermabrasion machines.
How Much Does It Cost? Unknown
Advertised Results Effective on acne scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores, clogged pores, fine wrinkles, age spots, hyper pigmentation, uneven skin texture, dull skin.
Rating from Reviews No consumer reviews found
Where To Buy It From?
  • Exclusively at the manufacturer/dealers
How To Use Power Peel Microderm Unit
Professional or Personal Kit? Professional equipment (salon, spa, clinic machine)
Does The Manufacturer Offer Training? What's this? Yes
Ease of Use Rating out of 5 stars - 5 stars easiest, 1 star most difficult
Can Be Used On
  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolleté
How Frequently Can You Use It?
  • Once every 2 weeks
How Long Does It Last For? Indefinite
What To Do After Treatment?
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Apply nourishing and hydrating moisturizer
Can You Use Makeup After Treatment? What's this?
  • No makeup
  • No foundation or powder
Power Peel Unit Safety & Risks
When To Avoid It? No contraindications mentioned but you should avoid it in the following cases, nonetheless:
  • Broken or abraded skin
  • Rosacea
  • Pustular acne
  • Other serious sensitive-skin disorders or infections
Is It Safe To Use? Yes
Side Effects What's this? None mentioned
Can It Irritate Your Skin? What's this? Yes
Can It Cause Scarring? What's this? Yes
Can It Cause Skin Damage? What's this? Yes
Can It Cause Acne Breakouts? What's this? Yes
Can It Cause Bruising? What's this? No
Does It Leave Your Skin Red? What's this? Yes
Does It Make The Skin Age? What's this? No
PowerPeel Microdermabration Results
How Long Does It Take To See Results? One use to a few uses, typically
Is It Effective? Yes
How Long Do Results Last? What's this? Three months
Does Power Peel Microdermabrasion System Help
Remove Acne Scars? What's this? Yes
Erase Wrinkles And Fine Lines? What's this? Yes
Get Rid Of Blotchy Skin? What's this? Yes
Minimize Enlarged Pores? What's this? Yes
Eliminate Freckles? What's this? Yes
Treat Hyperpigmentation? What's this? Yes
Remove Sun Spots? What's this? Yes
Even Out Skin Tone? What's this? Yes
Remove Age Spots? What's this? Yes
Get Rid Of Stretch Marks? What's this? Yes
Stimulate Collagen Production? What's this? Yes
Get Rid Of Blackheads? What's this? Yes
Unclog Pores? What's this? Yes
Get Rid Of Whiteheads? What's this? Yes
Improve Complexion? What's this? Yes
Restore Dull Skin? What's this? Yes
Make Skin Smoother? What's this? Yes
Remove Tattoos? What's this? No
Remove Vergetures? What's this? No
Can You Use Power Peel Micro Dermabrasion On
Rosacea What's this? No
Active Acne What's this? Yes
Eczema What's this? No
Psoriasis What's this? No
Keratosis What's this? No
Lupus What's this? No
Severe Skin Disorders and Infections What's this? No
Broken or Abraded Skin What's this? No
African American Skin What's this? Yes
Sensitive Skin What's this? Yes
Dry Skin What's this? Yes
Acne-Prone Skin What's this? Yes
Can You Use Power Peel Microderm After
Retin-A What's this? Yes
Accutane What's this? No
Retinol What's this? Yes
Differin What's this? Yes
Restylane What's this? Yes
Chemical Peel What's this? No
Glycolic Acid What's this? Yes
Salicylic Acid What's this? Yes
Laser Resurfacing What's this? No
Can You Use Power Peel Microdermabrasion When
Pregnant What's this? No
Nursing What's this? No
Ingredients In Power Peel System
Sponge What's this? No
Cloth What's this? No
Applicator What's this?
(changeable parts)
Crystal Cream What's this?
(type of crystals used)
Brush What's this? No
Vacuum System What's this? Yes
Pre-care Products What's this? No
Post-care Hydrating Cream What's this? No
Post-care Nurturing Cream What's this? No
Post-care Calming Cream What's this? No
Other Kit Contents What's this? No
Who Makes It? Power Peel
Where Is Power Peel Located US
How Long Have Power Peel Been Making A Microderm Machine? 1993
Specialized In Microdermabrasion Only? Yes
VIP Or Expert Endorsement No
Available In US, Canada, Europe
Before And After Pictures Yes
Microderm Machine Pictures Yes
Do They Send Out Samples? N/A

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Microbrasion Is It Recommended On Tattoos?

A: You can safely have microdermasion on skin with tattoos with no risk or side effects. This skin rejuvenation procedure is too mild to affect tattoos.

Q: Is Microdermabration Recommended For Age Spots?

A: Age spots can be made less visible or even removed entirely through several micrdermabrasion treatments - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out irregular skin pigmentation.

Q: Can Micro Dermal Abrasion Be Used On Acne Prone Skin?

A: Beauty Salon micro abrasion device is safe and effective for many patients with acne-prone skin, but if your skin breaks out a lot or you suffer from moderate to severe acne then this procedure is not the solution for you (the exfoliating process may cause irritation and further breakouts). Some people with acne-prone skin have found that some or all self microabrasion kits makes them breakout. This could be caused by certain ingredients found in the micro-crystal cream and is not necessarily linked to the way microdermabrasion works. If personal kits make you breakout, consider professional micro dermabration.

Q: How To Perform Micro Dermabrasion On Yourself?

A: Since you cannot use a professional microdermasion machine on your own without professional training, the only way to perform this procedure on your own is to use an at-home commercial kit. These kits contain cloths, sponges, rotating applicators, crystal creams, pre- and post-care formulas. All you have to do is follow the instructions that come with the product.

Q: How Safe Is Using Micro Derma Abrasion?

A: Thanks to its non-invasive nature, personal macrodermabrasion has virtually no risks and no side effects. There are some contraindications, however: patients who took Accutane for the previous 6 months, pregnant and nursing women, people suffering from active herpes lesions, malignant tumors, keratosis, active rosacea or weeping acne should not have microdermbrasion.

Q: Does Microderma Work If I Have Rosacea?

A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Do-it-yourself micro dermabration devices are not recommended either (even though they are milder).

Q: Are There Risks Associated With Microabrasion?

A: Compared to other cosmetic procedures, cosmetic microderm abrasion involves few risks: if the machine is not properly handled or has not been properly sterilized, hyperpigmentation, skin injuries or infections may occur as a result; it is also possible to inhale micro crystals used during the procedure. Aluminum oxide crystals, however, cause no allergic or adverse reactions. Eye injury from stray micro crystals used to be a concern but these days plastic or rubber goggles makes it extremely unlikely.

Q: Where To Go For Micro Derma Brasion?

A: Office micro derm abrasion can be performed in medical facilities, beauty salons, spas, or the privacy of your home, if you have decided to try one of the at-home microderm kits available on the market.

Q: What Does Microdermabration Do If You Have Eczema?

A: Eczema sufferers should not use micro derm abrasion This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to self derma microabrasion as well, despite its mild effect.

Q: How Expensive Is Microabrasion?

A: Compared to other non-invasive procedures, spa microdermabrasia is the cheapest skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, microbrasion kits cost between $15 and $200, depending on contents and brand. Kits that include a rotating hand-held device designed to massage the crystal cream onto your face are the most expensive (and the most effective). The price of a single microdermabration treatment at a beauty salon or spa varies between $75 and $200. One full face session at a surgeon or dermatologist office costs somewhere between $100 and $300, not including initial consultation fees (which may cost an additional $150). You may need an average of 9 treatments and 4 maintenance sessions for best results which makes a full microderma treatment cost around $1,600 per year.