Cost of Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion Cost

The cost for Dermabrasion is approximately $1,200 to $2,000 for the surgeon fee. This figure may not include the anaesthetist, anaesthetic, hospital and theatre and day accommodation fees or follow up visits.  Before proceeding, obtain a written quote breaking down which costs are included.

These prices are a general guide and vary based on whether the procedure is performed in one or multiple sessions, the type of dermabrasion machine used and the extent of the area being treated. Private health insurance may cover part of the cost. You may also be able to claim some costs from Medicare if the procedure is for acne scarring. Ask your surgeon for information about any rebates.

How Dermabrasion Works

The procedure is carried out by using a dermabrasion machine (called a dermabrader). The equipment is basically a drill with a diamond wheel. The revolutions turn around 15,000-20,000 per minute. The surgeon uses the dermabrader to shave your skin layer by layer. The doctor can adjust the depth by shaving off more layers if required. However this method is prone to human error. Taking off too much skin can lead to scarring and loss of pigmentation. Not taking enough may require further treatment.

The procedure is painful and may be performed under general anaesthetic. It generally takes about an hour and is performed at the clinic rather than in hospital.

Dermabrasion Recovery

Since dermabrasion is an invasive process, recovery can be slow and painful. You will have redness for about a week or two. You may also experience bleeding, oozing, swelling and crusting. During the healing process your skin will develop scabs. Do not pick at them or scratch them off as this will lead to scarring. When skin is healing it’s always itchy. Don’t be tempted to scratch. The itchiness can be treated with topical creams or ointments. Once the scab falls of (on its own) your face reveals a tighter soft pink skin.

If you experience any healing problems after dermabrasion, contact your surgeon immediately. You should have follow up visits to monitor the skin’s progress. It will be several weeks before you can return to work. You must avoid exposing your skin to the sun. You can see the final results after several months.

Dermabrasion Risks

The risks associated with this procedure include:

  • Scarring – this can be prevented by thoroughly looking after your skin during the recovery process. Advise your surgeon if you are prone to problem scarring. You may not be a suitable candidate for dermabrasion.
  • Infection and loss of pigment – the risk is increased as more layers are taken off. If the surgeon is inexperienced or not careful and goes too deep then you may lose pigment in your skin and develop an infection, which can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Reaction to anaesthetic – this is a complication associated with any type of surgery or treatment.