How Much Does Skin Tightening Cost?
As people age, they can often lose volume in the face or other areas, causing the skin to hang down. In some cases, if there is a significant amount of loose skins, the only option will be surgery or a non-invasive procedure to get rid of it. Skin tightening can either be done via nonsurgical options or via surgery.
How much is it?
- The cost of a skin tightening procedure will depend on the type of procedure, the doctor performing the session, the amount of sessions needed and the geographical location. On average, a treatment sessions can range anywhere from $500 to as much as $3,000 per session.
- A treatment that uses infrared lights, such as the Titan procedure, can run $500 to $1,700 per treatment. Places, such as the eyes, are going to cost a lot less than a larger area such as the stomach. Keep in mind that you may need upwards of five sessions to see drastic results.
- For example, a full face procedure could be as little as $700 per treatment if using the infrared treatment.
- Laser technology that is different than an infrared light can vary anywhere from $800 to $5,000 per treatment. Laser treatments will normally only require one session while the infrared procedure could take up to five sessions total.
- Since this is deemed a cosmetic procedure that is not medically necessary, most if not all health insurance companies will not cover it. However, it never hurts to call and get a definite answer.
- According to a study performed on PlasticSurgeryPortal.com, the nationwide average cost of skin tightening is $2,555.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending on the procedure, additional treatments may be needed. For example, infrared treatments could require up to five additional treatments.
- Some doctors may require a follow-up appointment or a pre-procedure appointment. Either or both of these are going to cost extra.
What is going to be included?
- With an infrared treatment, a piece will be attached to a machine. Emitting a radio frequency, the laser will reach into the deeper layers of the skin, reducing the collagen production. After this heating process has been performed, the skin area will then be cooled off.
- The laser used in the laser treatment can also assist with tightening of the skin. This has dramatic differences compared to a infrared treatment; patients will often have a longer healing process, but the results may be a lot better. Only one treatment is required for a laser treatment.
Tips to know:
- Always make sure that the doctor with whom you are working is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Even if he proclaims that he is trained, plastic surgeons do not lawfully have to be certified.
- Try to see before and after pictures of patients that the doctor has worked with in the past. This will give you a better idea as to how they work and if the results are what you are looking for.
How can I save money?
- Most plastic surgeons will have financial assistance plans set up for those who cannot afford the bill. Ask local offices about the plans that they offer.
- Try to shop around for specials or coupons. Many local plastic surgeons will offer specials for first time patients. Do not be too cheap, though; it could do more damage and may not be worth the savings.