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.
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:
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.
The official presentation says that PowerPeel's main benefits are:
Some of these features, however, are available on other microdermabrasion machines as well.
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:
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.
|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?||
|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?|
|Ease of Use|
|Can Be Used On||
|How Frequently Can You Use It?||
|How Long Does It Last For?||Indefinite|
|What To Do After Treatment?||
|Can You Use Makeup After Treatment? What's this?||
|Power Peel Unit Safety & Risks|
|When To Avoid It?||No contraindications mentioned but you should avoid it in the following cases, nonetheless:
|Is It Safe To Use?|
|Side Effects What's this?||None mentioned|
|Can It Irritate Your Skin? What's this?|
|Can It Cause Scarring? What's this?|
|Can It Cause Skin Damage? What's this?|
|Can It Cause Acne Breakouts? What's this?|
|Can It Cause Bruising? What's this?|
|Does It Leave Your Skin Red? What's this?|
|Does It Make The Skin Age? What's this?|
|PowerPeel Microdermabration Results|
|How Long Does It Take To See Results?||One use to a few uses, typically|
|Is It Effective?|
|How Long Do Results Last? What's this?||Three months|
|Does Power Peel Microdermabrasion System Help|
|Remove Acne Scars? What's this?|
|Erase Wrinkles And Fine Lines? What's this?|
|Get Rid Of Blotchy Skin? What's this?|
|Minimize Enlarged Pores? What's this?|
|Eliminate Freckles? What's this?|
|Treat Hyperpigmentation? What's this?|
|Remove Sun Spots? What's this?|
|Even Out Skin Tone? What's this?|
|Remove Age Spots? What's this?|
|Get Rid Of Stretch Marks? What's this?|
|Stimulate Collagen Production? What's this?|
|Get Rid Of Blackheads? What's this?|
|Unclog Pores? What's this?|
|Get Rid Of Whiteheads? What's this?|
|Improve Complexion? What's this?|
|Restore Dull Skin? What's this?|
|Make Skin Smoother? What's this?|
|Remove Tattoos? What's this?|
|Remove Vergetures? What's this?|
|Can You Use Power Peel Micro Dermabrasion On|
|Rosacea What's this?|
|Active Acne What's this?|
|Eczema What's this?|
|Psoriasis What's this?|
|Keratosis What's this?|
|Lupus What's this?|
|Severe Skin Disorders and Infections What's this?|
|Broken or Abraded Skin What's this?|
|African American Skin What's this?|
|Sensitive Skin What's this?|
|Dry Skin What's this?|
|Acne-Prone Skin What's this?|
|Can You Use Power Peel Microderm After|
|Retin-A What's this?|
|Accutane What's this?|
|Retinol What's this?|
|Differin What's this?|
|Restylane What's this?|
|Chemical Peel What's this?|
|Glycolic Acid What's this?|
|Salicylic Acid What's this?|
|Laser Resurfacing What's this?|
|Can You Use Power Peel Microdermabrasion When|
|Pregnant What's this?|
|Nursing What's this?|
|Ingredients In Power Peel System|
|Sponge What's this?|
|Cloth What's this?|
|Applicator What's this?
|Crystal Cream What's this?
(type of crystals used)
|Brush What's this?|
|Vacuum System What's this?|
|Pre-care Products What's this?|
|Post-care Hydrating Cream What's this?|
|Post-care Nurturing Cream What's this?|
|Post-care Calming Cream What's this?|
|Other Kit Contents What's this?|
|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|
|Available In||US, Canada, Europe|
|Before And After Pictures|
|Microderm Machine Pictures|
|Do They Send Out Samples?||N/A|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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