Pfenninger Aesthetics Procedure Center, P.C.

Medical Procedures Center, P.C.

“We treat people, not just problems” since 1989.


John L. Pfenninger , M.D.

Salena Dodman , R.N.

4800 N. Saginaw Road

Midland , MI 48640

(989) 631-4545

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SilkPeel® DermalinfusionTM System - Patient Information


What is the SilkPeel® DermalinfusionTM System?  The SilkPeel® System is a safe and highly effective dual treatment for the skin. It can be thought of as an advanced form of microdermabrasion. It combines general exfoliation using suction along with instilling topical treatments that target specific dermatologic conditions. 


SilkPeel® uses a diamond head treatment tip to precisely and safely remove dead skin cells while infusing patient-specific treatment solution.  Exfoliation (removing the outer layer of dry, dead skin) promotes the reduction of fine line wrinkles, minor scars, acne, stretch marks and sun damage.  It also encourages regeneration of the outer layer of the skin, resulting in increased elasticity and a more youthful-looking, pliable, smooth skin surface.  The gentle “sanding and suction” will help eliminate blocked pores and breakouts.  By removing dead, useless cells, your skin care products will work quicker and be more effective, since there is less blocking them from providing their benefits to deeper living cells.


The SilkPeel® treatment applies topical formulas that penetrate the skin to further enhance the exfoliation process.  Specific formulas are used to treat various conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation (dark discolorations), sun damage, dehydration/dry skin, and fine line wrinkles.


SilkPeel® can be combined with some of our other procedures such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or ActiveFx laser resurfacing for an even better outcome. 


What should I do before the procedure?  We offer a free consultation with the aesthetic nurse prior to starting the SilkPeel treatment.  She will evaluate your skin, answer any questions, and advise you as to what options she would recommend for you. 


If you are using Accutane for the treatment of acne, it is important that you discontinue its use at least six months prior to your first SilkPeel® treatment.  The use of Retin-A should also be stopped at least two weeks prior to a SilkPeel® treatment, and it should not be used for three days after any SilkPeel® treatment.  You are advised to avoid any dermal filler injections for up to 10-14 days before any exfoliation treatment.  You are advised to avoid Botox injections for at least 24 hours before any exfoliation treatment. 


If you are prone to getting cold sores (herpes) around the mouth or facial area, please let us know in advance, since you may need a prescription for Zovirax prior to having a treatment with SilkPeel®.  You should also avoid having any SilkPeel® treatment during a cold sore outbreak.


Please alert the aesthetic nurse if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, have been diagnosed with rosacea, or have an allergy or sensitivity to aspirin.


What should I expect during the SilkPeel® treatment?  You will be asked to remove your contact lenses, if you are wearing them.  The exfoliation process will be like any superficial dermabrasion treatment.  You may experience a scratchy, stinging sensation both during the exfoliation process and with the application of the topical formula.  This will subside after the treatment is completed.  There could be a temporary tightness, redness, or slight swelling of the skin, which will disappear within a few hours after treatment, depending on your skin’s sensitivity.  You will be in and out in less than an hour.  Most will leave the office with just a subtle hint of a healthy glow. 


What happens after SilkPeel®?  If we are treating your acne or if you have facial telangiectasias (small, visible blood vessels), your condition may appear to worsen immediately after the treatment.  While acne will improve after additional treatments, the appearance of the telangiectasias will diminish after the skin rebuilds itself.


Sunscreens should be used whenever you are outdoors.  After SilkPeel® treatments, you will be more susceptible to sunburn and hyperpigmentation.  Vigorous exercise should be limited for 24 hours after a SilkPeel® treatment.  You are advised to inform the office immediately of any complications or concerns that may arise. 


With one treatment, your skin will be cleaner, healthier, and feel smoother.  Multiple treatments are recommended for more significant, longer-lasting results.  If you wish to purchase a series, we have several packages to choose from.  SilkPeel® is just one part of achieving healthier skin.  Our aesthetic nurse will discuss other options available to help you look your best.  



Copyright, 2011. John L.  Pfenninger, M.D                                                                                                                                                Jw 02/11