Why Cosmetic Dermatology?
Smooth skin is often seen as a sign of youth and health, and is prized by many men and women. When aging, sun exposure, and other factors damage the skin, many people turn to skin creams and makeup to attempt to repair or hide the damage. Often, these items are expensive, and the results are disappointing. While some may choose facial plastic surgery to get smoother skin, others prefer to avoid surgery. Cosmetic dermatology offers a medically-proven, non-surgical solution for reducing wrinkles and other skin damage.
Many men and women also spend time and money on removing unwanted hair from various parts of the body. Shaving every day or waxing every few weeks is expensive and time-consuming. Laser hair removal offers the possibility of removing unwanted hair permanently.
But how much will it cost? When compared to the topical items you’re purchasing now, does it make sense for you?
Cosmetic dermatology is more cost-effective than surgery. Overall, the costs are surprisingly low, with most procedures costing under $1,000. Expect prices between $300 and $800 for most procedures, though there are a few that cost more. We’ve compiled an up-to-date list of the average costs for the most common procedures; for the specific procedure you’re considering, please click its link at left.
Keep in mind that these costs are national averages, provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Most of the procedures are done in the doctor’s office and will not require additional costs, though a few may have extra fees, including anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items. Costs may also vary by region and by individual doctor. Please check with the doctor(s) you are considering to determine the exact cost of the procedure. Also, keep in mind that some of these procedures may need to be done more than once for optimal results. Some doctors offer a package discount if you purchase several sessions of a procedure at once.
Consider Your Smile and Your Eyes!
Cosmetic dermatology can help your facial skin look smooth, youthful, and vibrant. However, think about the other parts of your face as well. If you have any problems with your teeth, such as discoloration, chipped or missing teeth, then you’ll want to address those through cosmetic dentistry to optimize your healthy, youthful look. If you wear glasses or contacts, you might want to be rid of them forever with a vision correction procedure, so the world can see your vibrant face!
Will Insurance Cover It?
Because these are cosmetic procedures, these costs are almost never covered by medical insurance. Exceptions to this would be extremely rare, so you should make a plan to pay for your cosmetic dermatology procedures yourself.
What Are the Financing Options?
However, if you don’t already have the money saved, you have many options available for financing. Many physicians offer financing plans for their patients. You can also get a medical credit card or other credit card, often with an attractive introductory interest rate; a medical loan, personal loan, or home equity loan from your bank; a loan from your 401(k); or loans or gifts from family and friends. Even if your credit isn’t great, you’d be surprised how many options you have, so talk with your bank about the possibilities.