How To Understand the Process of Microdermabrasion and Peels

Despite vigorous routines to maintain healthy, vibrant skin, various factors - including the environment, aging and stress - can help undermine those efforts.  The result can be skin that looks dull, scarred and aged. Increasingly, many people have opted to have one or the other of two types of procedures done to help restore or maintain a more attractive complexion:  1) microdermabrasion, or 2) peels. Both are very popular procedures that work to remove the uppermost layers of dead skin cells from various parts of the body, particularly the face, to reveal younger, more naturally radiant skin underneath. But, as these procedures become increasingly popular, and the techniques to perform them become more varied, the spectrum of price ranges for these procedures can be confusing.

To help determine the potential expense, it’s important to ask these questions:

  • What? Having a basic understanding of these two types of procedures is essential to understanding which one is right for you.  There are basically two types of microdermabrasion:
    1. Home kits, which come with a special scrub and exfoliating tools, or a cream that is applied to the skin
    2. Spa/Medical microdermabrasion, where an oscillating device blasts aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate, or diamond tip crystals across the skin like a sandblaster.
  • As for peels, both home and salon products contain a mild concoction of chemicals and/or acids that remove dead skin cells, and some systems come with a tool that works the facial peel into the skin. Professional facial peels, which are performed by a plastic surgeon, use stronger chemical creams or a surgical laser tool.

  • How much? Your particular needs will determine how much you’ll have to pay.  This is because there are three different places you can have the procedure done, depending on your needs:
    1. home
    2. spa
    3. doctor’s office
  • If you simply want to improve overall radiance and banish dullness, there are several microdermabrasion and peel kits that can be used at home. However, if you want to diminish fine lines and/or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, then a series of appointments at a spa will probably give you the results you're seeking.  If you have acute scarring, such as from acne or sun damage, then you may have to make a doctor’s appointment for either a much more costly surgical microdermabrasion or a laser peel. An important note is that not only do professional procedures (either at a spa or in a doctor’s office) often cost $100 or more per session, most professionals will recommend an average of 6 to 10 microdermabrasion sessions to actually see results. Of course, when booking a series of appointments, many places will be willing to offer you a nice deal.

    Of course, where you go to have your procedure done will determine how much you may pay. Going to an exclusive salon in a major city, or to a doctor that regularly consults with wealthier clientele, will often be much pricier. Similarly, home kits that are offered by more popular cosmetic companies will be pricier than most found at a local drugstore.

  • Where? Your particular needs will determine how much you’ll have to pay.  This is because there are three different places you can have the procedure done, depending on your needs:
    1. home
    2. spa
    3. doctor’s office
  • If you simply want to improve overall radiance and banish dullness, there are several microdermabrasion and peel kits that can be used at home. However, if you want to diminish fine lines and/or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, then a series of appointments at a spa will probably give you the results you're seeking.  If you have acute scarring, such as from acne or sun damage, then you may have to make a doctor’s appointment for either a much more costly surgical microdermabrasion or a laser peel. An important note is that not only do professional procedures (either at a spa or in a doctor’s office) often cost $100 or more per session, most professionals will recommend an average of 6 to 10 microdermabrasion sessions to actually see results. Of course, when booking a series of appointments, many places will be willing to offer you a nice deal.

  • When? Consider the time of year. Microdermabrasion and peel prices vary by season, with summer prices generally being higher, since many people are interested in looking great for a vacation, special event, or because warmer weather simply translates to less skin being covered up by scarves, coats and hats.
  • Who? Regardless of what procedure you choose, always make sure to ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations. Not only is this a safer habit to adopt in general, using recommendations can serve two purposes:  not only can they help direct you to potential good deals that you wouldn’t otherwise have known about, but many times, professionals are happy to offer discounted prices for people who help improve their business by bringing in new clients.

Once the above questions have been answered, you should find yourself in a great position to understand how much to expect to pay for microdermabrasion or peel services. Another final tip:  try to identify two or three products/locations and compare their prices - shopping around for the best deal isn’t just for clothes and food!

 

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