Microdermabrasion Cost

Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

A microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive skin exfoliation treatment which typically uses either crystals or diamond microparticles, according to Dr. Anna Wooten on Realself.com.  It’ also encourages the production of higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance.

This procedure is designed to help remove the outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal the healthier skin beneath, and in most cases, it will take just one session to see desirable results.

Often performed by a qualified medical aesthetician, patients often choose this cosmetic procedure to help with clogged pores, skin impurities, fine lines, wrinkles and/or other skin irregularities.

Microdermabrasion Cost
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How much does microdermabrasion cost?

The cost of one microdermabrasion procedure will depend on the professional you use, the area being treated, the method/materials they use and your geographical location.  In most cases, you should be prepared to spend anywhere from $75 to $175 per session.  As there are a lot of materials that can be used to perform the procedure, this can greatly affect the price as some may use an ultrasound while other professionals may use vitamins and/or minerals on the skin for optimal results.  Since many aestheticians/professionals have their own method, be sure to talk with them ahead of time to know what their procedure is composed of.

In some cases, many professionals will ask that you come back for multiple packages to see desirable results since one session often is not enough to see desirable results.  Depending on your circumstances, they may recommend a few treatments about four to five weeks apart.  If this were the case, then you may need to commit to multiple sessions.  Most professionals, however, may have packaged deals which can save you up to 20% if you paid the entire bill up front.

According to Dr. Greogry Turowski, the costs can depend on your skin conditions as in some cases, a light lactic, used in conjunction with a microdermabrasion procedure, can enhance the results.  In the end, he recommends budgeting $100 to $150, with only some patients qualifying for the procedure.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons notes the average cost is $138, according to 2016 statistics.

MedicineNet.com claims the average treatment can range anywhere from $100 to $200.

Factors that affect the price

Where you live – As with most cosmetic procedures, where you live can greatly affect the price.  If you live in a major metropolitan area, then the costs could be much more due to the increase in overhead, but this could be the opposite if there’s a lot of competition in the area.

The area – While the face is the most common area treated, other areas can be treated as well, including the necks, back, arms and chest.  As you can imagine, since each of these areas is larger on the surface when compared to the face, your costs could be more due to the work involved.

Expertise – Who you hire, just like the geographical region, will affect any cosmetic procedure as well.  An aesthetician and nurse may charge more due to their training and certifications, whereas a higher-end medical spa could charge even more due to, once again, the overhead costs involved.  In the end, not only with the expertise of the individual affect the price, the type of facility, just like choosing a hotel, can affect the price as well.

The number of procedures – In a lot of cases, you may need more than one procedure to see results, and while the cost “per session” can be less if you were to commit to, say, four or five procedures in a package, this can affect the costs depending on the results you’re envisioning in the end.

Combined with other procedures?  As mentioned, a microdermabrasion can be combined with other procedures to produce optimal results.  If it’s utilized with, say, a dermaplaning, chemical peel or another related procedure, then there could be a price increase.

The procedure

There are two kinds of microdermabrasion procedures:  one method uses a handheld device which streams tiny crystals, while another method uses a diamond-tip wand that is designed to be moved across the skin to exfoliate.

During the treatment, a stream of tiny aluminum oxide crystals, directed through a handpiece, is applied to the skin.  These crystals exfoliate the skin, and the mild suction that’s created by the device will help remove any skin debris and crystals.  This, in turn, can help produce thicker skin layers, encouraging the growth of new skin lawyers to create more health, vibrant skin.  After the procedure is done, the new layer, immediately exposed, can be more sensitive to the touch and will need to be protected from the sun.

In most cases, as we already mentioned, you probably will need about three to six treatments, about four weeks apart, to see full benefits.

The entire procedure is entirely painless and will take less than 30 minutes.  While it isn’t painless, per se, some patients have noted it can cause a “warming” sensation as the device removes the older, damaged layers of skin.  Your doctor will recommend applying a lotion, based on your skin type, to keep the new layer hydrated to prevent any oncoming infections.

Being a quick procedure, your skin may be pink after the procedure is complete, but it usually subsides within a few hours.  As soon as the procedure is done, you can resume regular activities with no downtime at all.

Risks of a microdermabrasion

It’s often deemed as the “lunch hour” procedure, simply meaning you can come in during your lunch hour and have the entire procedure done in less than 30 minutes.  Even though it’s known for being a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure, it can still come with risks, as with any procedure, but for the most part, the risks and side effects are very minimal.  Some can experience slight skin irritation, while others can experience an infection in the case the applicator was not properly sanitized.

Other possible side effects, according to MedicineNet.com, can include skin tightness, skin sensitivity, minor bruising, skin abrasions, bleeding, and cold sore activation, to name a few.

Tips to know

This procedure is not recommended for those who suffer from rosacea skin or couperose skin.  Instead, a light peel is recommended.  Ideal candidates, as per DocShop.com, includes healthy patients with fine facial lines, age spots, uneven pigmentation, clogged pores, minor scars and/or skin texture problems.

Be careful as to who you choose since this procedure should always be performed by a qualified medical aesthetician.  While professionals can claim no harm can be done, you can suffer damage, including burns, altered pigmentation and/or scars if you fail to hire the right professional.  With that being said, always do your homework, looking at reviews, licensure and reputation online before signing up for a procedure.

Aside from researching your professional, also ask about the technique they use as you will want to make sure it’s as sterile as possible to avoid any risk of infection.

Because this is considered a milder, non-invasive procedure, patients should not be prepared to see results with sagging skin, folds or deep facial creases.  Instead, doctors will recommend other procedures such as a facelift or skin tightening procedure.

SkinTighteningSage.com has 15 microdermabrasion before and after pictures to show you what the procedure could look like.  Remember, your results will vary.

How to save money on a microdermabrasion

Always check Groupon.com for a reputable clinic to save as much as 80%.  Before choosing, however, always make sure you’re dealing with a reputable clinic.

In most cases, you will need more than one session, and if you purchase multiple sessions up front, in full, you should be able to save at least 10-20% off.  Be sure to ask the clinic ahead of time to see if any packaged deals are available.

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