One of the biggest concerns of people wanting to get into microdermabrasion is what it will cost them. The main issue with this question is that there are two main categories of microdermabrasion, professional and at home.
Professionally done microdermabrasion is received at a Salon or Dermatologist office (medical). At home microdermabrasion is what we focus on here at this site, and it is performed at home by oneself using their own machine. I will go further into how the costs for these different kinds of treatments breakdown.
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The Premier At Home Microdermabrasion System
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- What Professionals Use
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What’s Cheaper? Professional or At Home?
I cannot give a simple answer to this question due to the fact that you must pay for each individual treatment if you go to a professional for microdermabrasion, whereas you only pay for the machine if you are doing it at home.
If you plan on getting treatment more than once (which most will), then buying your own machine and doing it at home will be far cheaper. There are even some machines on the market that cost less than an individual professional treatment!
On the contrary, it is possible to receive one single treatment at a beauty Salon for less than some at home machines on the market. This is why I am making this guide, so you know which option will be the best for you.
Cost of Medical Microdermabrasion (Dermatologist, Surgeon)
This is the most expensive option you can choose for microdermabrasion, period. An individual treatment of microdermabrasion done by a medical professional can range in cost from 100 dollars to 300 dollars. Generally speaking, medical professionals do not do multiple visit discounts, so you will be paying a flat rate every time.
Another major cost you need to consider for medical microdermabrasion treatment is the consultation visit they require most of the time. This visit can run you from 100 dollars to 200 dollars.
Overall, when you add the consultation and treatment, a single microdermabrasion treatment at a medical professional’s office can cost from 200 dollars to 500 dollars. Expensive isn’t it? It is especially expensive when you consider that the upper end machines on the market are generally in the lower 200 dollar range.
You will most likely choose microdermabrasion done by a medical professional if you are willing to spend a decent amount of extra money to ensure you are getting the highest quality and most trustable treatment possible.
Cost of Salon Microdermabrasion
Getting microdermabrasion done at a Salon or Spa is generally far cheaper than at a medical office, but still not very cheap. The price for a single microdermabrasion treatment at a Salon costs between 75 dollars and 200 dollars. This price range is so large because as you may know, the quality of Salons can vary dramatically, and so does the quality and cost of machine they use for treatment.
It is cheaper here than at a medical office because the salaries of the workers are lower and the companies do not have to deal with as high of insurance costs. On the bright side, some Salons offer bulk discounts. If you are planning on receiving several treatments from them, you can get a discounted rate. Odds are you will still be paying several hundred dollars, but at least you are getting five to ten percent off.
If you are choosing to get your microdermabrasion done at a Salon or Spa, I recommend reading their business reviews on google or yelp. Ensure that they do quality beauty work by looking through the reviews to make sure that you will be spending your money for quality treatment. Microdermabrasion is not a risky procedure, so you don’t have to worry about someone causing damage to your face or making your skin worse, but you always want the best value when spending your hard earned money.
Cost of microdermabrasion at home
I may be a little biased because I run a website called “athomemicrodermabrasion,” but I recommend this option to everyone except those just trying microdermabrasion to see if they like it, or those that only want one treatment (trust me, once you see the results, you will want more than once treatment).
All jokes aside, the cost of doing your microdermabrasion treatment at home varies a lot because the price of products vary so much.
On the absolute bottom end of cost, you can buy a cheap microdermabrasion scrub for less than 20 dollars.
You will get good results from a microdermabrasion scrub or cream but it will pale in comparison to what you get from a machine. Creams will not be nearly as effective for acne spots and fine lines as a full blown microdermabrasion machine. On the top end of costs for doing at home microdermabrasion are the highest quality kits money can buy.
Most expensive Kit: Macroderma 2 in 1 Crystal and Diamond System
The most expensive microdermabrasion system offered on amazon.com at the time of writing this guide is the Macroderma 2 in 1 Crystal and Diamond system.
It will run you 899 dollars but is a state of the art system. One reviewer cites that they own a salon and are very happy with its results on their customers, so this machine is professional quality.
Cheapest Kit: Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Microdermabrasion Body System
Contrastingly, one of the cheapest microdermabrasion systems offered on amazon is the Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Microdermabrasion Body System. At only $39.99, it is less than one twentieth the cost of the Macroderma system.
Obviously no one, including Neutrogena, is expecting it to do the job as well as the Macroderma system. However, being that it has a 3.5 star rating on amazon, it has great value. You are getting a lot for your money with this kit. Keep in mind that you will need to buy replacement creams every so often because this kit does require the use of Neutrogena’s exfoliation cream. The refill kit cost 15 dollars.
Other Costs of At Home Microdermabrasion
Diamond tip microdermabrasion machines have little to no upkeep cost because they use an abrasive head that is covered in small diamond tips. Since diamond is the hardest material in the world, these diamond pieces will never wear down on human skin.
Crystal machines however use a spray of aluminum oxide crystals that hit the skin and are then sucked up. Because of the way they operate, you may need to eventually buy replacement crystals. Aluminum oxide crystals can wear down over time or they can be slowly lost over time.
Replacement crystals cost around 10 dollars. So although crystal systems are usually cheaper to buy than diamond, they cost more for maintenance and if you do a lot of treatments a diamond machine will most likely be cheaper in the long run.
Conclusion on the Cost of At Home Microdermabrasion
To sum things up, at home microdermabrasion can cost anywhere from 20 dollars to 900 dollars. Since both ends of the price range are extremes that most people will not likely interact with, I will give you a general price range. Most good microdermabrasion creams and scrubs cost between 25 and 50 dollars. Most good microdermabrasion systems cost between 50 and 250 dollars.
If you spend over 200 dollars you are going to have a very high quality machine, but always make sure you read the reviews because an expensive machine could be poorly designed and perform terribly. All in all, the average cost of at home microdermabrasion is roughly 100 dollars, but what type of treatment or machine you buy really is wat determines how much it costs.
How the Cost of Microdermabrasion Compares to Other Skin Treatments
I want to talk about the cost of three other popular skin treatments so you can have an idea of how cheap microdermabrasion is to some other options. The three I will overview here are laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. By the way, all of these are known to be very effective but are also more serious treatments that can have bigger side effects.
Cost of Laser Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing is a fairly invasive procedure where lasers are beamed at the skin to remove precise amounts of skin. It is done by medical professionals ($$$$) and a single treatment ranges in cost from 1,500 dollars to 5,000 dollars.
You are likely to also need to pay for hospital and anesthesia fees, since numbing agents are required due to the potentially painful aspect of this procedure.
Cost of Chemical Peels
Before you even get a chemical peel you need a thorough evaluation from a dermatologic surgeon. This will run more on a deep chemical peel. The most mild chemical peel option, aptly named a mild chemical peel, has to be done about ten times per year and ranges in cost from 150 dollars to 300 dollars each visit.
In the middle of the chemical peel options is the medium chemical peel. You only need this done three times a year, but it will run you between a grand and two grand per visit, costing in total 3000 to 6000 dollars a year.
The most effective chemical peel method is the deep chemical peel, which penetrates to the intermediate layer of skin. You only have this done once due to its potency, but that once visit will cost you around 5,000 dollars!
Cost of Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion is like the bigger brother of microdermabrasion. It is harsher than microdermabrasion because it is not doing things on a “micro” scale. It removes larger amounts of skin and requires much more advanced equipment. There are two sources for the cost of this treatment. You will need to pay for the facility cost, anesthesia, and potentially a hospital stay. This will cost about 3,000 dollars. The treatment itself is done by a dermatologic surgeon generally. It costs anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 dollars. In total, dermabrasion will cost you between 5,000 and 7,000 dollars in total.
Hopefully seeing the cost of those three serious treatments helps your appreciate how cheap microdermabrasion is for how well it works. It has the science to back it and the consumer market to make owning your own machine financially viable. If you want to spend the least money possible, you will spend about 30 dollars on an exfoliating cream. If you are like many people and want a high quality machine that will last long so you can see the cumulative effects of repeated microdermabrasion treatments, you will spend between 100 and 250 dollars for a nice diamond tip microdermabrasion machine. This is the recommended and most likely cost.