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Esthetician & Skin Care Products > Hydrafacial vs SilkPeel

Trialling both products at the moment. Hydrafacial retails at double then price of the Silkpeel. Any advice?

06.27 | Unregistered CommenterChien

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I have not personally worked with the HydraFacial machine, but have had it demonstrated on me. Although my skin looked and felt great after, I later had extreme erythema and irritation, especially around my eyes. Perhaps too many solutions were demonstrated at the time. I use and have used for the past 5 years, the SilkPeel machine. I love the way it works and my clients love the results.

07.1 | Unregistered CommenterFlint B

I have the small portable HydraFacial machine. I love the results and the portability. I haven't compared it to the silk peel but would like to try one sometime. What do you think the differences are between the two machines?

07.2 | Unregistered Commentergreen

I just received a SilkPeel facial and was very surprised at how rough it was...definitely more uncomfortable than microdermabrasion. Is this normal? She mentioned there were three treatment modals, but she used the acne treatment (brush and solution) on me. It's been a day, and I can't say I see much difference. I am thinking I may schedule another in another week or two to see if the second treatment makes a difference, but I'm looking for feedback because I have been interested in purchasing, but it was not what I imagined.

07.4 | Unregistered CommenterAM

I do not use the acne brush. There are several heads of different grit, & I usually use the finer one the first time on a client and depending on the client's skin. I never schedule a second SilkPeel any sooner then 3 weeks, preferably 4 weeks. As good a treatment as it is (also microdermabrasion), you are taking off the stratum corneum and you must give it time. I also apply a product (A-Cute Derm's Pro-C Lipid Recovery Serum) after. This particular product is a barrier protectant. It replaces all 5 of the lipids, thus protecting the skin from the environment, and free radicals. I recommend my clients have that to continue applying daily between treatments. Amazing how great their skin is. I usually do a series of 6, then recommend they come in every 4-6 weeks, to remove the dead cells and regenerate their skin.

07.8 | Unregistered CommenterFlint B

Since I started using the Hydrafacial system at work my business has been booming! My clients are extremely happy and have seen great results. I highly recommend this machine, if you can afford it. The upfront cost is pretty pricey but definitely worth it.

07.11 | Unregistered CommenterMacy

I have used both machines and found that the SilkPeel DermalInfusion outperforms HydraFacial in delivering results and client satisfaction, not to mention ease of use for the technician. Even after Hydrafacial came out with the specially designed tip that mimicked SilkPeel's simultaneous infusion hand piece, I still found it didn't provide the same results due to how wide and cumbersome the hand piece and tip were. I found that the HF tip didn't fit the contours of smaller faces and I'd have to go back with a smaller microderm tip to treat the nose area. I have been using SilkPeel for 4 years and have been especially pleased with their machine, as well as, their customer service.

07.14 | Unregistered Commentersophie

Hydrafacial machine is not great for all skin types. I have seen the best results on men who have thicker skin with no visible signs of extended capillaries.

07.28 | Unregistered CommenterJennings

I had the HydraFacial demonstrated on me and three of my clients. I did not find it great or special and had the same responses from my clients! And they are very expensive too!

08.4 | Unregistered CommenterVasso A

Not familiar with silk peel. The Hydrafacial MD offers lymphatic drainage, LED, and Dermal Builder which gives a Botox like affect. Our clients love the benefits, and the basic treatment is only 20-30 minutes.

08.14 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I am an esty and I have worked with these devices for a couple of years. The HydraFacial treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skins easily tolerate the HydraFacial treatment. Your skin care professional may chose specific treatment serums to customize the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs.

However, there are many differences between the SilkPeel and the Hydrafacial. One of which that SilkPeel claims infusion of serums but the tips on the hand piece are flat. You can not infuse the skin with serums with a flat tip. The Hydrafacial uses a series of HydroPeel tips. All HydroPeel tips are at a 45 degree angle. Each one has multiple peeling edges to exfoliate the skin several time each pass, achieving better, more even results. The unique spiral design creates a vortex effect to easily dislodge and remove impurities while simultaneously introducing hydrating skin solutions with potent antioxidants.

08.19 | Unregistered CommenterViolet JD

I agree you should look at the DermFrac . We have been using the DermFrac machine for quite some time ,with very good results. The patients are pleased with the micro channeling (micro-needles) and infusion of products . This machine provides a unique treatment. Our machine also can do microdermabrasion with infusion and also has LED lights for additional treatment options

09.2 | Unregistered CommenterStockton

I have the Hydrafacial at one of the practices where I work once a week. I'm not super impressed with the result for the price and the cost of consumables. Based on your recommendations, I am going to look into trialing the DermaFrac and SilkPeel at the Plastics Practice where I work more regularly. Thank you for introducing me to these!

09.12 | Unregistered CommenterFinch

SilkPeel is by far a superior device for treating real skin conditions. The prior comment about a flat tip (vs hydrafacial slanted tip) misses the actual difference in the dermalinfusion technology. With hydrafacial you are simply scraping the skin with that slanted tip (and it's swirl patter plastic edges), while dripping some non-descript solution on. SilkPeel has a diamond tip that sits up in the hand piece chamber away from the skin - when you turn the device on and apply the smooth outer tip to the surface of the skin it creates pneumatic vacuum pressure, that pulls the skin up into the chamber. So you don't "push" the hand piece on the skin, you pull it across, letting the vacuum pressure do the work at the level you set. While the skin is pulled up into the chamber, the pores stretched open, and the stratum corneum is being stripped away - at that moment the pneumatic pressure is able to force a much greater penetration of the active ingredients into the skin. SilkPeel also has superior solutions from what i have seen, the Lumixyl pro-infusion for example was developed by Stanford research dermatologists and is the best alternative to HQ out there. The results with it in SIlkPeel for hyperpigmentation is terrific. They have great solutions/procedures for treating acne (this is what the medical grade brush tips are especially good at), photo-damage, stretchmarks, and minor scaring (very good post surgical on just about any part of the body to eliminate PIH, and heal minor fine scars more quickly). So really, I don't know why these two devices get compared - Hydrafacial is more of a spa device for doing a nice facial, SilkPeel is the device you want to use for therapeutic treatments in a medical practice or medical spa setting. It compliments and improves outcomes of other medical procedures from laser treatments to botox.

09.17 | Unregistered Commentertheresa

I have the Hydrafacial at one of the practices where I work once a week. I'm not super impressed with the result for the cost to the patient and the cost of consumables. Based on your recommendations, I am going to look into trialing the DermaFrac and SilkPeel at the Plastics Practice where I work more regularly. Thank you, Ladies for introducing me to these 2!

10.9 | Unregistered CommenterNathan H

I have worked with HydraFacial for years now. I also have searched for devices that are comparable. Truth is there is NO device comparable to the HydraFacial and the results it delivers.

11.18 | Unregistered CommenterHolmes

We have the silk peel machine and love it! It shows better results than Hydrafacial. I researched for months before making my purchase. Having had both services multiple times prior to purchasing the Silkpeel.The Silkpeel felt better and gives better results.

02.23 | Unregistered CommenterM. Porier

M. Porier, do you also offer microdermabrasion with a separate microderm machine or is silk peel the only mechanical exfoliation type machine you use in your office?? I had both done as well and definitely felt the silk peel was more aggressive than the Hydrafacial, but it felt similar to our microderm to me. I know there is a lot more to silk peel than microderm but I'm trying to see it from a client's point of view as well. I just want to make sure we are offering something new and different yet effective. I want add a new service to our menu - don't want our microderm
machine to now sit and collect dust. Thank you so much for your time and input!

02.25 | Unregistered Commentergraham

I have used both and received both treatments personally and professionally. HydraFacial wins every time, and while the cost of equipment is the initial factor the return we had on investment, customer support and results of the HydraFacial win every time. I could use the lymphatic drainage to stimulate circulation and blood flow and flush toxins from the face, move into a HF treatment treating all fitzpatricks and skin conditions, add LED and instantaneous client satisfaction. I sell packages every time and the take home care is great, moderately priced and the clients can still use other lines integrated with it!

As a Director I love that I can clean the machine in less then a minute and be ready and prepped for my next patient. I can turn my room using all three modalities in 45 minutes and I charge between $150 for a stand alone treatment for 30 minutes and for the 3 modality treatment (which all my clients love) I charge $275 (my cost per treatment is $15).

02.26 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

We've had the SilkPeel for about two years now and the majority of my clients love it and prefer it over the crystal microdermabrasion, although, I would say about 5 % say they still prefer the crystal micro. I also use the ultra machine which does have the paddle to perform a Hydrafacial, which I also use frequently for more sensitized clients. When it comes down to a choice, I would go with the SilkPeel since it does have the hydrating serum, the different grades of tips, and you can always add 02 afterwards, and a hydrating/ice masque for even more hydration afterwards.

02.27 | Unregistered CommenterEllen T.

I know the folks at Edge Systems for years. Great company, product and support!

I do not offer these procedures. I can tell you via a physician friend who used to have the Hydrafacial he didn't care for the fact if you used additives other than the Edge System products your warranty was void.

03.3 | Unregistered Commenterglen

We've had Hydrafacial MD for two years and it's our most popular treatment. Best Microderm system on the planet, period.

03.3 | Unregistered CommenterSidB

We have the Hydrafacial MD and our clients love it. Great results! Our aesthetician is booked 4 weeks out.

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterPierce

I have used the HydraFacial MD now for one year and truly love it. I used traditional microdern for many years, and so much happier with the results. From what I gather, the Silkpeel is a newer microderm technique, however the infusion isn't as active as what you get with the Hydrafacial. However, the HydraFacial is costly to perform.

03.7 | Unregistered CommenterSSgcn

We have been using the HydraFacial as our main skin service for almost 3 years now. It turned our business around..So we have a lot of time to work with and see true results over the years. I highly recommend this machine. The results are immediate but also last a good month. So if the clients are put onto a monthly maintenance the clients skin stays in excellent condition. Huge return rate, because they are happy. Its so much about getting there skin in good condition and keeping it that way. If you would like to talk to me about this feel free to give me a call, I don't work for Edge Systems so I don't have a vested interested in promoting them. But with that being said they are an excellent company to work with. Their support has been excellent and the training we received as we where getting off the ground was wonderful. They work with you all the way thru.

03.11 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I demoed both the Silkpeel and the Hydrafacial. The Hydrafacial seemed superior, so we opted for that. Used it for years and LOVED it! Now planning to buy another one. I love that the diamond tip microderm can be a stand alone treatment or part of the Hydrafacial treatment, so it kills two birds with one stone (equipment purchase-wise).

03.12 | Unregistered Commenterweiler, le

I have the SilkPeel machine! I absolutely love it! Being able to choose between the topical solutions and grit of the tips is a benefit for everyone. I have had nothing but great things to say about it!

03.13 | Unregistered Commenterchap

hydrafacial over silkpeel, but honestly a great peel line plus oxygen treatments and a series of diamond tip micros can be an amazing package that will be little to no consumables or high payments up front. plus keeps patients coming back for subsequent visits. also think about microneedling, I.e. dermapen its a tightening treatment like no other. good luck & much success!

03.17 | Unregistered Commenterafuentes

We have both the Hydrafacial and the Dermafrac. The Dermafrac has become our most popular treatment by far, so much so that we started with one machine and have now added a Dermafrac in three rooms. We've found the results are just much more tangible than with either the Hydrafacial or the Silkpeel. Our clients have of course the ultimate vote, and have clearly done so with their continued requests for this treatment.

03.19 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

Interesting discussion. I live in Colorado where the climate is dry 24/7 so I am eager to hear of something that doesn't aid to the chronic dryness many of us experience here!

03.20 | Unregistered CommenterY. Megg

I love the HydraFacial! I was skeptical at first, coming from a traditional dermatology setting into a cutting edge medspa, and believed it would be mostly a hype. I use the HydraFacialMD, meaning I have not only the basic 7.5% Glycolic/Salicylic solutions but also 15% and 30%. I love that I am combining elements of microdermabrasion with chemical exfoliation in the first 3 steps, taking the level of exfoliation deeper with each step, and finishing with applications of antioxidants, peptides, and red LED to calm my more sensitive clients or blue LED for the acne prone. I get better results for my clients in a 45min treatment (60min with the massage) with no downtime. Their skin is soft and dewy for weeks after! The machine itself is very expensive, and I spend about $750-$1000 every other month on consumables. It is super fun to work with, however if I was on my own I would most likely stick with my oldie but goodie treatment, traditional diamond tip micro followed with a light chemical peel.

03.21 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

We use HydraFacial and love it. Our clients are really pleased with the results and the fact that there is no downtime with instant results. A real winner

03.26 | Unregistered CommenterReid

we've just introduced Hydrodermabrasion in our spa.I think it does the same thing as hydra facial i.e exfoliating while infusing hydration and brightening solution into the skin. we've participated in demos and the results look good.yet to see the kind of results it produces long term.

Hydrafacial MD is far more superior but expensively new.

03.31 | Unregistered CommenterXanna J

I purchased the HydraFacial years ago and although I liked it, I just felt like the expense didn't justify the results. I did not keep the machine for long. I did like the technology though and I've kept my eye out for something similar for years. I recently got the ImageDerm Micro-Infusion for less than half the investment...great machine.

04.2 | Unregistered Commenterchelly

We have built a business around the HydraFacial and love it! My clients love the results for both acne and as well as anti aging. It was the best thing I could have done for my business. It gives one an edge over other business that service main stream facials.. and the company gives great support. I find results last up to one month.

I have worked with hydrafaials for years although the machine is my bosses ,it truly one of the best treatments I do and love doing it on myself. I have never seen a patient not look better after one and is so much more effective and gentle than other forms of dermabrasion. Many patients do need more than one to see dramatic changes because of the amount of damage but that is the case with other treatments also!

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08.3 | Unregistered CommenterKraven

We have portable Hydra facial machines, price is 400 to 680 USD.

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SilkPeel is by far superior. I have had both treatments

08.10 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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