How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?

How much is it? is a question I get asked all the time. Unfortunately, I cannot give you an accurate answer because the price is influenced by several factors:

Prices for Home Micro Dermabrasion Systems

Prices for Salon & Spa Microderm Abrasion

Prices for Medical Microdermabrasion

  • 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 (but also the most effective).
  • The price of a single microdermabrasion varies between $75 and $200 in beauty salons or spas. If you're lucky, you may get a 5-10% discount if you buy a 10 micro abrasion treatment pack.
  • The most expensive microdermabrasion treatment is that performed in medical offices or clinics by specialized dermatologists or surgeons.
  • A single facial microdermabrasion costs somewhere between $100 and $300 (not including the initial consultation which may cost an additional $150).

It's important to remember that the cost of professional microderm abrasion 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 microdermabarasion machines but charge you much more than they should.

You may want to reconsider having microdermabrasion at a spa, salon or doctor's clinic that uses a cheap microderm machine but still charges regular prices. Make sure to ask about their equipment before you pay them.

How Much Will You Pay For Microdermbrasion?

Cost of Professional Microderm
(9 treatment sessions + 4 maintenance sessions) x $120 (average price) = $1,560

For an average series of 9 abrasions and another 4 maintenance abrasions, a microdermabrasion treatment in a beauty salon, spa or dermatologist's office costs around $1,600 per year (without sunscreen or other after-care lotions and creams).

Cost of Personal Microdermabrasion
6 home kits x $50 (average price) = $300

There's no doubt that it's far cheaper to use a home micro dermabrasion kit which costs around $300 per year of use. Keep in mind, however, that office crystal or diamond-tipped microderm abrasion machines are more effective than any crystal scrub found in these personal systems.

Cost Comparison with Chemical Peels, Dermabrasion and Laser

Prices for Chemical Peels

Prices for Dermabrasion

Prices for Laser Resurfacing

  • Deep Chemical Peel - performed only once, costs between $2,000 and $7,000.
  • Medium Chemical Peel - performed 3 times a year, costs between $1,000 and $2,000, a total average of $4,500 per year.
  • Mild chemical peel - performed around 10 times per year, costs between $150 to $300, a total average of $2,100 per year.
  • Professional dermabrasion treatment costs between $1,500 and $4,000, depending on the size and depth of the treated area.
  • For example, if you want to get rid of acne scars on your cheeks you can expect to pay around $3,000.
  • Only one dermabrasion treatment is enough to see results.
  • On the other hand, this cost does not include the price of anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay or other expenses, which can add up to another $2,000-$4,000.
  • Laser resurfacing costs somewhere between $1,500 and $5,000 depending on the type of laser used.
  • This doesn't include anesthesia or hospital fees, which may add up to another few thousand dollars.

Microdermabrasion costs $300-$1,950 per year

(it's not as effective as other procedures, works on superficial imperfections only)

Next, a few tips on home microdermabrasion kits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Micro Dermabration Make Tattoos Less Noticeable?

A: You can safely have microdermabasion on skin with tattoos with no risk or side effects. This skin rejuvenation procedure is too mild to affect tattoos.

Q: Does Microderm Make Sun Spots Less Noticeable?

A: Microdermoabrasion cream removes the outermost layer of the skin by sandblasting it with a jet of micro crystals. During the procedure, part of the pigment is physically eliminated and, at the same time, collagen production is stimulated so that your skin regains its density and elasticity. After 6 to 12 microdermabrasian treatments, smaller sun spots are entirely removed while larger ones fade significantly.

Q: How Can Micro Dermabrasion Make Pimple Scars Smaller?

A: Microdermabrastion pulverizes away the dead skin layer (the outermost layer) in order to even out skin texture and erase superficial pimple scars. Deeper pimple scarring needs more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.

Q: Is Microderm Safe While On Accutane (Isotretinoin)?

A: Micrdermabrasion is not recommended for patients taking Accutane. This acne treatment works by reducing the amount of oil produced by the skin's sebaceous glands which reduces the skin's ability to recover after body or facial exfoliation. Having microdermal abrasion while on Accutane may cause permanent scarring. This applies to OTC systems and clinic treatment.

Q: Do You See Results After Using Micro Dermal Abrasion Just Once?

A: Yes, results are visible after the first microdermabrastion. especially if we are talking about surgeon-performed cosmetic microderm abrasion which is more effective than at-home sets. Best results are obtained after 6 to 12 sessions (depending on your expectations and severity of skin imperfections), respectively one month of use for one of the home microderm abrasions system.

Q: Does Micro Dermabrasion Help Eliminate Blackheads?

A: By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, microderma system cleans deep into the pore and removes excess oil and dirt that clog pores - which causes blackheads. Most blackheads are removed while more stubborn blackheads are reduced.

Q: Does Microderma Make Hyperpigmentation Less Noticeable?

A: Microdermal abrasion tool works on hyperpigmentation. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several doctor-performed microdermabrasia sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of hyperpigmentation.

Q: What Do You Need For Microdermabasion?

A: Professional microbrasion requires a consultation with the specialist who is going to perform it. After that, everything will be taken care of by the medical staff, all you have to do is show up for treatment. At-home micro dermal abrasion kits need to be used according to indications. You may also need a cleansing gel to be used before the exfoliation, a nourishing cream to be applied after the peel and some SPF lotion for the following few weeks.

Q: Does Microderma Make Blotchy Skin Fade?

A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Microderma tool stimulates collagen production, essential to healthy skin and also removes blotchy skin texture and tone.

Q: Can Micro Abrasion Age Your Face?

A: No, if performed right, micro derma abrasion does not age your face.