Cost of Skin Resurfacing

Skin Resurfacing Cost

The cost for Skin Resurfacing depends on which technique you choose. The less invasive microdermabrasion costs approximately $120 to $250 per session (however you will require multiple sessions). More invasive techniques such as dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing cost around $1,200 to $2,500 for the surgeon fee. Additional charges apply for the anaesthetist, anaesthetic, hospital, theatre and day accommodation fees and follow up visits, making the final bill approximately $4,000 to $6,000.  Before proceeding, obtain a written quote breaking down which costs are included.

These prices are a general guide and vary based on whether you require multiple treatments and the size of the surface 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 resurfacing is for acne scarring. Ask your surgeon for information about any rebates.

Skin Resurfacing Options

The alternatives with resurfacing the skin depend on how intense you need the treatment. The main techniques include ablative lasers, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. Laser resurfacing and dermabrasion are the more invasive options which can treat acne scarring, birthmarks, scars, sun damage and deep wrinkles. Both methods can be used to remove deep layers of the skin. Lasers are a safer option with more predictable results than dermabrasion. These procedures are usually carried out using one session, but can be spread out over multiple sessions to treat more problematic areas.

If you only need to smooth out crow’s feet, fine lines or acne scarring, then you may opt for microdermabrasion. This procedure is much less invasive but can only treat surface skin. It will not eliminate deep wrinkles, birth marks or deep acne scarring. Multiple treatments will be required to achieve beneficial results.

Skin Resurfacing Recovery

The more invasive skin resurfacing options are painful and require vigilant after care and lengthier downtime. Dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing recovery take at least two weeks for your skin to heal. However, your face will remain red for about two months. You will experience itchiness and scabbing or crusting. You must avoid scratching your face and stay away from sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen is also a must.

On the other hand, with microdermabrasion the redness only stays for several hours and it only takes one day for your face to return to its normal state.

Skin Resurfacing Risks

Deeper skin resurfacing means more risks and complications. The lighter abrasion used with microdermabrasion carries much fewer risks than more invasive techniques. Whilst the skin can break this is a very rare complication. Conversely, the deep scraping of dermabrasion and ablative laser resurfacing carry risks of infection, bleeding, scarring, hyperpigmentation, losing pigment (hypopigmentation) and reaction to anaesthetic.