Alison Shaya is the president of Aesthetic Technologies Inc, the manufacturer of Parisian Peel® microdermabrasion systems. Shaya’s 12 years of experience in aesthetics and biotechnology have helped her identify and implement strategic alliances and partnerships in aesthetic medicine. Shaya is currently featured on’sExpertInsight.

What’s new at Parisian Peel?

Earlier this year, we introduced the Parisian Peel Duette line of microdermabrasion systems. The Duette systems provide crystal- based microdermabrasion treatments and the patented DiamondTome™ crystal-free skin resurfacing all in one unit. Duette offers the flexibility to switch between a traditional crystal treatment and a crystal-free treatment using DiamondTome wands. The switch can be made not only from patient to patient, but also during a single treatment. The Parisian Peel features a proprietary handpiece, self-contained waste canisters, triple HEPA filtration, and a dehumidification system for clog-free operation. The DiamondTome features multiple diamond-tipped treatment wands with variable coarsenesses, HEPA filtration, and clog-free operation.

How is Parisian Peel being used today?

Parisian Peel is used for the traditional indications of photoaging, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and scar revision. Best results are achieved by combining microdermabrasion with chemical peels, ultrasound, laser, and light-based procedures. Results are achieved in less time than these treatments alone, and patients experience increased overall satisfaction. We also offer Parisian Phoresis™ facial ultrasound therapy in combination with microdermabrasion. This treatment advances the benefits of microdermabrasion with deep penetration of Satin C™, our lipid-soluble vitamin C serum with anti-aging benefits.

Why should a physician consider replacing an old micro­derm­abrasion machine that is working “just fine”?

Because the physician is not typically the operator of the microdermabrasion machine, he or she might not know whether the machine is operating at its optimal level. If this is the case, and there are problems with machine reliability, or the system is complicated or messy, microdermabrasion will be under-recommended as a treatment. We have observed many instances in which our customers have replaced an older-model machine with a new Parisian Peel machine and have noticed an immediate increase in revenue.

What can a physician gain by adding microdermabrasion to his or her practice?

One word: revenue. Microdermabrasion is popular because it is a noninvasive, almost painless, and effective treatment. Microdermabrasion is the backbone of any successful aesthetic practice and is an important treatment that generates new and repeat patients. Because of its low cost per treatment and relatively low equipment cost, microdermabrasion is considered a revenue producer in an aesthetic office.