Young-looking, smooth, evenly-toned skin is a universal sign of beauty. From a very young age women in particular are focused on achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin through rituals of cleansing, moisturizing, protecting, and exfoliating. All of these measures offer different benefits to the skin, and can be accomplished through a variety of means. Exfoliation is among the most popular ways to modify the skin through taking away layers of dead, dull, or damaged skin to reveal the new, younger, and smoother skin beneath. This is the purpose of body washes that feature pieces of nutshells, fruit seeds, or other granules. When it comes to your facial skin exfoliation can come in the form of gritty facial washes, or you can look to more extreme measures such as chemical peels. In between these two is a method known as “microdermabrasion”. Many people experience great results from home, salon, and medical-office versions of this treatment. But, how much does microdermabrasion cost?
Microdermabrasion vs Dermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is predated by a procedure known as “dermabrasion”. This more intense method is comprised of quickly freezing the top layers of skin and then using a specialized tool to buff away these layers, much like sandblasting a home. Though this procedure often proves extremely effective in lessening the look of such things as acne scars, fine lines, and other minor skin issues, it also has a recovery period lasting several days and can lead to damage on sensitive skin.
Microdermabrasion is a gentler process that is more appropriate for those just looking to smooth their skin and address minor issues like fine lines or enlarged pores. This procedure features fine crystals that are applied to the skin either in the form of a cream or a spray. If a cream is being used it is massaged into the skin either with the hands or a tool that spins. More often than not the version of microdermabrasion that uses the spraying method is performed only at a clinic, hospital, or doctor’s office and offers more intense results. Though these results are not as deep as those of dermabrasion they do address many common issues and present lower recovery time and less risk to the skin.
How Much Does Mircrodermabrasion Cost if Performed at Home?
In recent years several companies have begun offering microdermabrasion systems that can be used at home. These systems are comprised of varying products, from the simplest systems featuring only an exfoliating cream and a recovery cream, to more complex systems of several products and tools. These systems are available at most drug and super stores, as well as through department store cosmetic counters and direct sales cosmetic companies. Depending on the brand and complexity of the system that you choose, you can expect to pay between $15 and $200 for such systems. The average cost of a good quality system is closer to between $50 and $200. The more expensive systems are those that include a handheld tool or several different products.
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost if Performed at a Salon?
High-end salons often offer microdermabrasion services as part of their facial offerings. You may be required to attend several sessions to get the results that you want depending on the extent of your skin problems and its sensitivity. Each of these sessions, using advanced equipment and products ranging from chemicals to botanicals depending on the type of salon that you choose, has an average cost of $75 to $200. These sessions offer more results than at-home microdermabrasion options and may be a better choice if you have more serious skin issues, or want faster results.
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost if Performed at a Clinic or Hospital?
Medical facilities offer the most intense results of all of the options. These facilities, either in the form of a plastic surgeon or dermatologist’s office or a hospital, offer a wider range of products and tools that can address many problems on various skin types. If you have extremely sensitive skin these options are probably not for you. The microdermabrasion offered in such environments are often used to accomplish very fast results, but you still may need to attend several sessions to get the results that you want. Average sessions cost between $100 and $300, though there are specialty sessions and methods that can cost into the thousands. These high costs generally include the price of the facility, any anesthesia that is used for more intense applications, and medication for after the procedure to ease discomfort and prevent infection.