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What Does a Microdermabrasion Facial Cost?

Last updated: May 30, 2022

In a world that is inundated with multiple great options for the betterment of your skin, it is extremely difficult to select the correct method for your particular situation. Certain methods, such as microneedling effectively tricks the skin and its pores into increasing skin cell turnover, which rapidly produces new and healthy skin in the layer. Other more abrasive methods, such as chemical peels, help to target even the toughest of damage and spots on an otherwise healthy dermis, which gives a completely fresh start to the body.

In this article, we'll go over microdermabrasion: what it is, what it does, who it is for, and ultimately if it's the healthiest option.

Microdermabrasion is a clinical procedure done by a licensed skincare professional: a surgeon, dermatologist, or esthetician. The procedure differs from many other methods as it is not very invasive, and there is little to no pain.

What Does Microdermabrasion Do?

Microdermabrasion stays true to its name with the method it uses: It is a minimally invasive procedure used to clear away dead skin cells on the more shallow dermal layers of your body. Microdermabrasion can be done in two different ways, making it easier for a larger pool of people to choose their correct skincare method:

Abrasive: The first method utilizes a special applicator that scrubs away dead skin cells. The applicator has a more abrasive surface and gets to the root of the dead skin cells, breaking them apart and getting them off your body.

Suction: Another method of microdermabrasion is done by spraying special compounds on the top layers of the skin, and letting it sit. After a short while, the impurities are "sucked" from your healthy skin and then scrubbed away.

Who Should Get Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is minimally invasive, so it is considered extremely safe for most to use. The procedure is usually done by a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or esthetician to "sand" away impurities of the skin, which are most commonly for patients suffering from:

  • Fine wrinkles
  • Sunspots
  • Acne and acne-prone skin
  • Dull skin
  • Dark spots and age spots
  • Enlarged pores
  • Pigmentation
  • Other skin conditions, including damage from the sun and free radicals

It is generally considered for use in those with skin impurities. However, some patients suffering from shallow/fine wrinkles or stretch marks can also benefit from clearing skin cells as opposed to trying to even out the skin via tightening creams and hydrating lotions.

How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?

In 2020, the average price for this procedure when done clinically was $167. This price does not always include the time spent, the material used, and your unique situation, and maybe more or less, depending on the circumstances. Before your operation, you will have multiple chances to discuss price, positioning, aftercare, and routine with your surgeon - and they will explain everything you need.

Microdermabrasion is typically a cosmetic procedure, and may not be eligible for your HSA. However, if deemed necessary by a healthcare professional for a medical emergency, it may be eligible. It is best to consult your surgeon or doctor beforehand.

How Does This Procedure Work?

Microdermabrasion is a clinical procedure done by a licensed skincare professional: a surgeon, dermatologist, or esthetician. The procedure differs from many other methods as it is not very invasive, and there is little to no pain. The surgeon will not spray a numbing agent before getting started with the treatment. You will be seated in a reclining chair for about one hour while your skin is prepped and scrubbed. Once finished, lotion and sunscreen are applied to the skin and are given instructions for aftercare. The three main procedures include:

Diamond-tip: The most popular microdermabrasion technique is using the diamond-tip handpiece. Your skin is exfoliated with the piece and then scrubbed and sucked off immediately. The depth and suction power required are dependent on the procedure, your particular skin's impurities and damage, and where the affected area is. Using a diamond piece is generally reserved for more sensitive areas, such as around the eyes, lips, and nose.

Crystal: This procedure is extremely similar. The crystal piece produces a light that scrubs and sucks the impurities and dead skin cells off of your skin. The depth is adjusted depending on the unique situation, and the location of the damage. The crystal light-emitting piece is used on less sensitive skin cells, such as the cheeks, arms, legs, and forehead.

Hydra: Hydradermabration is one of the newer methods on the market, as it is less invasive than the other two listed. There are no handpieces or crystals to run over the dermal layers of the skin. Instead, an infusion of different products is applied directly to the top layers and left to sit for a while. After a certain period has passed, your skin is exfoliated and scrubbed. This method focuses more on improving skin cell turnover, collagen production, and proper skin hydration.


How much is a microdermabrasion facial?

As mentioned earlier in the article, the average cost in 2020 was 167$. For a procedure only including the face, this may be between $100-250 per session depending on the type of damage that is sustained on the skin. The price is decreasing every year, as even less invasive methods, as well as the development of technology, has a downward pressure on cost momentum.

How to do a microdermabrasion at home?

If you feel that the procedure is too costly, or want to know exactly what is happening to your skin, some microdermabrasion procedures can even be done at home. It is your choice to do it completely at home or to book yourself into your local or favorite spa for exfoliation and aftercare. You will need soap, water, an oil-free cleanser, natural skincare products, a towel, and a microdermabrasion machine.

Is microdermabrasion safe?

Microdermabrasion is completely safe for those in good health. It is a great alternative to certain chemical peels and other more invasive procedures which are extremely abrasive, may affect hormonal balance, or if you have extremely sensitive skin. This procedure can even be done in the comfort of your own home if you'd like to apply less pressure than normal. Microdermabrasion has been controlled, approved, and regulated by the FDA since 1996.


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