Laser skin resurfacing is an ideal skin tightening procedure for people who want to counter the effects of aging, sun damage and other facial skin imperfections without undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure.
During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about different facets of the procedure, and also inform about its estimated cost.
The first concern of a responsible surgeon will be to let the patient know about the benefits, limitations, alternative treatment options and costs, and help the patient make a judicious decision.
The patient should freely ask questions about costs and other aspects. Laser skin resurfacing is generally carried out as an elective aesthetic treatment, which means it will not be covered by medical insurance.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify provides laser skin resurfacing to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities.
Laser skin resurfacing procedure is likely to be considerably more affordable than a plastic surgery procedure such as facelift. Surgical procedures will typically involve the costs of general anesthesia, surgeon’s fee, operating venue costs, and some pre- and post-surgical expenses.
But laser skin resurfacing is an in-office treatment that can be performed with local anesthesia. It will avoid all these costs associated with a surgery.
Patients may also compare the costs of laser skin resurfacing with other non-surgical treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL skin rejuvenation, and dermal filler injections.
Each procedure has its own advantages and limitations, and its specific costs. The patient should carefully consider their skin condition, cosmetic goals, and budget before making a decision in consultation with the surgeon.
Laser skin resurfacing can be performed using different laser techniques and technology. Patients may have a choice between ablative and non-ablative or fractional laser resurfacing, depending on the depth of skin imperfections that need to be corrected. Ablative laser skin resurfacing procedures may cost a little more than non-ablative or fractional laser techniques.
The treatable surface area and the number of treatment sessions required may also vary for each patient. The costs will differ between a patient who may need only two to three treatment sessions and another who may require up to six treatment sessions to meet their aesthetic needs.
Location of the practice will make a difference to the overall costs. Practices operating in main metropolitan areas and prime urban centers often have higher real estate costs and overheads compared to practices in smaller towns in the interiors.
The quality standards, personalized care and attention, type of laser technology, experienced support staff, and safety protocols followed at a particular practice will influence the overall costs to some extent.
The procedure should ideally be performed under the guidance of a board certified plastic surgeon. These surgeons will typically invest in best medical practices and high standards of care and will adopt cutting edge laser techniques and technology to deliver the safest and most desirable outcomes to their patients.