How Much Does It Cost for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

There are various types of lasers used in these procedures
There are various types of lasers used in these procedures

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2017, the average cost of laser skin resurfacing was $1,114-$2,124, which was average $2,071 in 2018. In 2019, the average cost of this procedure was $1,963 for ablatives and $1,201 for non-ablative. The cost varies widely depending on the type of procedure and areas of treatment.

Because laser skin resurfacing surgeries are not life-saving surgeries, there is no insurance coverage provided by the companies, except for the surgeries that are done to remove precancerous growth or modified scars on your skin.

The average cost does not include other related expenses. Therefore, you must consult your plastic surgeon and your insurance company before the procedure about payments. Most health insurance company plans do not provide coverage for cosmetic surgery or its complications. However, most plastic surgeons offer some payment options, so meet your plastic surgeon and determine your final cost.

The cost of laser skin resurfacing will vary based on the expertise, qualification of the plastic surgeon performing the procedure, the type of procedure, the time and effort required for that treatment, and the location of the office.

Generally, laser skin resurfacing procedure costs may include the following:

  • Hospital facility cost for surgery
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Medication prescription

Satisfaction involves more than a fee. Therefore, while choosing a plastic surgeon for this procedure, you must assure the surgeon’s experience and your comfort, which are the most important aspects as much as the cost.

What is skin resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is a procedure that removes layers of the skin and improves its appearance or treats minor facial flaws such as blemishes or acne scars by using lasers.

There are various types of lasers used in these procedures such as:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2): This type of laser is used to treat wrinkles, scars, and warts on your skin.
  • Erbium: It is used to remove superficial or moderately deep lines and wrinkles on your face, hands, neck, and chest. It has fewer side effects than CO2 lasers.
  • Pulsed-dye laser: These are non-ablative lasers that heat the skin and absorb pigments to reduce redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and enlargement of facial blood vessels, giving rosacea (flushed appearance).
  • Fractional laser: It treats only the fraction of the skin in the area by breaking laser energy into thousands of tiny beams. It can be used in ablative or non-ablative procedures. It can be used to treat age-related blemishes.
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL): This treatment does not use a laser but uses a broad spectrum of light wavelength to treat pigmentations of the skin.

When should you have laser skin resurfacing?

You can ask for this procedure to a plastic surgeon if you have the following:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Crow’s feet (wrinkle at the outer corner of your eye)
  • Sagged skin
  • Scars
  • Signs of sun damage to the skin
  • Wrinkles

What are the possible risks of laser skin resurfacing?

Risks include:

  • Pain
  • Reactivation of herpes sores over lips
  • Burning sensation
  • Burns
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Increased risk of sun damage
  • Crusting of your skin
  • Pigmentation or discoloration of the skin
  • Bumps due to obstruction of the sweat glands


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