How much does microdermabrasion cost

How much does microdermabrasion cost?

There are two options when talking about microdermabrasion – getting the procedure done professionally or buying your own machine.

The first option can be performed by a dermatologist or a certified aesthetician, after scheduling an appointment.

The cost of most cosmetic procedures can be defined by the complexity of their implementation. Luckily, microdermabrasion is considered one of the lower-priced services, having the nature of the treatment. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a microdermabrasion session is $131 in 2018, and statistics show that a dermabrasion procedure costs around $1,249.

MIcrodermabrasion cost

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure, it doesn’t require additional manipulations (such as anesthesia or any special preparations)

However, there are certain factors that should be taken into account when considering microdermabrasion.

Everyone has an individual skin type, characteristics, and needs, therefore the number of treatments needed varies from person to person. For someone, 4 sessions may be perfectly enough but for another, the optimal effect may be obtained after the 10th session.

The geographic region where you live or work also matters – there are locations where cosmetic procedures costs may reach 3 times the average price.

And, of course, different providers charge differently. The qualifications of the person performing the procedure always matter in terms of price.

Additionally, microdermabrasion is considered a cosmetic procedure, which means that insurance doesn’t typically cover the cost required.

The good news is that you can also enjoy the convenience of coupon offers or package deals, combining multiple microderm treatments or other skin procedures.

The second option – buying your own microderm machine – is recommended if you would rather obtain the same results in the convenience of your own home, whenever you have some spare time.

The prices of at-home microdermabrasion machines start from $40 to $350, depending on the characteristics of the machine.

One of the important aspects, defining the price of the microderm is the portability. There are exceptions but usually, portable devices are less powerful and not as effective as the more ‘weighty’ machines. The positive aspect of the portable, semi-professional MDA machines is their price – they rarely exceed $150-$200.

And, as with any other at-home microderm machine, you can use yours for an unlimited period of time.

As for the capacious hard-to-carry-around machines, they are technically the ones that professionals use in beauty studios/ dermatological offices. But they are also the more expensive choice, which will cost you around $250-$350, sometimes even more.

The next thing defining the price of your gadget is functionality. This includes all the product features combined: suction power, ease of use, customer service, additional tools, durability and last but not least, warranty.

It is good to mention that the type of microdermabrasion kit also matters. Choosing a crystal microdermabrasion kit automatically makes it a cheaper option, having the downsides of the procedure. Crystal means sanding the skin with fine crystal particles, which is often too harsh plus there are always leftover crystals, which are hard to clean or remove, even after using the suction option. So, crystal microdermabrasion machines, intended for home use are comparatively cheap – starting from $40 to $10.

Diamond microdermabrasion machines are the most preferred option, as they don’t emit fine particles and you can choose the coarseness of the diamond tip you are using. Most machines are packed with at least 3 diamond tips (Fine coarseness tip for sensitive skin, Medium, and Extra-coarse) plus strong suction feature, providing additional benefits for your skin.

But all these benefits come at higher prices. Diamond machines cost between $100 and $350, if you are really devoted, you can find even more expensive machines,

If you still consider microdermabrasion machines too expensive for you, don’t forget the option of buying a second-hand microdermabrasion machine – it will cost less and do the same! The only thing to consider is buying new, unused nozzles (this refers to the crystal/diamond tips and vacuum suction). Also, you need to find the exact tools that would fit your second-hand device. Choose wisely!

To sum up, if you are serious enough and intend to completely restore your skin, the classic method is letting a professional perform the procedure.

In the long run, it will be a lot more expensive but, hey, you just need to lay down and relax. The second option of having your own microdermabrasion machine gives you the freedom to choose when and where to get your deep exfoliation, it will be indeed cheaper but the experience will be DIY-style.

Vanessa Micoff MD

Dr. Vanessa Micoff received her Bachelor of Science degree in Venereology from the University of California, Riverside and her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of multiple dermatology associations and lecturer. More about her here.

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