Creams, serums and other similar beauty products are important to look into because their ingredients and cost-effectiveness could make or break your desire to purchase them. When it comes to beauty procedures, though, it is even more imperative that you look before you leap; procedures tend to be far more expensive than beauty products, and often pack enough power to either harm or help you in just one session. Plastic surgery aside, some of the most popular beauty procedures include chemicals peels and microdermabrasion. And there is an even newer method that has been increasing in popularity as of late called the SilkPeel.

Invented by Envy Medical Incorporated, the SilkPeel is a non-invasive product that combines microdermabrasion with dermalinfusion. The latter term is patented by Envy Medical, and means “deep delivery of skin-specific solutions, to improve and revitalize the skin.” Right away, I can see how the SilkPeel might be appealing to some but fairly unpleasant to others.

Microdermabrasion means redness and pinching for some; others associate it with discomfort, burning and even a little downtime. Still, although the makers of SilkPeel compare it to microdermabrasion, there are differences between the procedures. While microdermabrasion rids you skin of its outermost layer of dead cells, SilkPeel goes a bit further by supposedly stimulating collagen production and massaging topical treatments deep into the skin’s layers. The company’s topical treatments include one for acne-prone skin, one for dry skin and one for overexposed, dull skin. Also, the SilkPeel vacuum-like product is a diamond treatment as opposed to crystal. The SilkPeel promises to take about twenty minutes long and is only performed by a doctor of aesthetician (milder versions microdermabrasion are now being sold as DIY treatments).

But while microdermabrasion is done every one or two weeks initially (about three times) and then every eight weeks for maintenance, SilkPeel needs to be done weekly up to six times, in addition to a post care routine before significant results are seen. Also, the fact that SilkPeel can only be done by a professional and not at home in a more cost-efficient manner may also be a negative for some.

The cost of SilkPeel is unclear, and the company website claims that price varies depending on everything from where you live to what area of the body you want treated. And while there is no research or relevant statistics to support or refute the powers of SilkPeel, reviews I found online were generally positive. If anyone has experience with the treatment, please tell us about it.