Anti-aging Treatment: Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a less-invasive skin surface treatment performed without anesthesia, which results in fresher looking skin with virtually no recovery time. Microdermabrasion may improve signs of aging to the face, neck, and arms in just about one hour.
A series of microdermabrasion treatments can help buff away the top layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. Over time, this means you can effectively get rid of scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and keep the skin looking fresh and youthful after each treatment. A series of 3 – 6 treatments will help you achieve the most dramatic results, and these can be coupled with other facial treatments such as chemical peels and deep moisturizing masks for additional benefits.
In administering a microdermabrasion treatment, the physician uses a handheld instrument to spray tiny crystals onto the surface of the skin. The crystals gently exfoliate the skin’s upper layers, while light suction simultaneously removes the crystals and dead skin cells. As with many other facial rejuvenation methods, more than one microdermabrasion treatment may be necessary for wrinkle removal and to reduce undesired pigmentation.
The most expensive microdermabrasion treatment is that performed in medical offices or clinics by specialized dermatologists or surgeons. A single facial microdermabrasion costs between $100 and $300. This does not include the initial consultation which may cost an additional $150.
In a salon or spa, the price of a single microdermabrasion varies between $75 and $200. You may get a 5-10% discount if you buy a series of microdermabrasion treatments.
It’s important to remember that the cost of professional microdermabrasion is heavily influenced by the cost of the machines used. Some brands are more effective and safer, and that is reflected in the final price. However, some spas and salons use the cheaper microdermabrasion machines but charge you much more than they should.
Many of you may be using a home microdermabrasion system. At-home microdermabrasion systems cost between $15 and $200, depending on kit contents and brand. Kits that include a rotating hand-held device designed to massage the crystal cream into the skin are the most expensive and the most effective.