You should expect laser skin resurfacing to cost between $2,000 and $3,000. Although your insurance plan will probably not cover the cost of the procedure, financing options are available to ease the financial burden. The cost of laser skin resurfacing should be discussed at length with your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon prior to undergoing the procedure, to make sure that you understand all of the factors and fees involved.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Price Breakdown
The cost of laser skin resurfacing will involve several factors. The laser skin resurfacing cost that is initially quoted tends to be the surgeon’s fee, but you will likely have to pay facility costs as well. The procedure may be performed in a surgeon’s office, an outpatient surgical facility, or a hospital. Hospitals are the most expensive places to undergo the laser skin resurfacing procedure, but they are also the safest and may be the best choice if you are undergoing another surgical procedure in conjunction with the laser procedure or are undergoing a particularly extensive or complicated treatment. The surgeon’s fee itself will be larger if you are undergoing a complicated procedure or treating a larger area of the skin.
During the procedure you will need to be placed under either local or general anesthesia and that will be part of the total laser skin resurfacing price. General anesthesia can be expensive, but many people wish to save themselves discomfort and anxiety by sleeping through the procedure. You should also factor pre- and post-operative care costs into your economic calculations. Remember to take into account the expense of post-treatment pain medication. Swelling and tenderness are commonly experienced side effects during the laser skin resurfacing recovery period. You may also wish to purchase special makeup to camouflage the redness of the treated area that may persist for several months following treatment.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Covered by Insurance?
If you wish to undergo laser skin resurfacing for solely cosmetic reasons, your insurance plan will usually not cover the cost. There are, however; circumstances where laser skin resurfacing is recommended for reasons that your insurance company would consider at least partially medical. If laser skin resurfacing is being sought for the removal of pre-cancerous skin growths by a CO2 laser or for revision of scars that resulted from previous surgery or injury then you may be able to get all or part of the laser skin resurfacing price covered by your insurance.
Financing the Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Many people are hesitant about discussing the option of a payment plan with their dermatologist directly, but he or she is really the best person to ask about financing options. If the practice has a financing company they prefer to work with such as CareCredit®, the dermatologist may be able to offer you full details about the terms of the plan at the time of the consultation. Even if the practice does not have an official preference because patients have utilized several different laser skin resurfacing financing options in the past, your dermatologist will probably at least be able to offer an informed opinion on what financing options you can explore on your own.
Find a Dermatologist in Your Area
Laser skin resurfacing cost varies based on a variety of factors. No one can give you a precise and accurate estimate for the cost of your specific laser skin resurfacing procedure except the dermatologist who plans to perform the treatment. Visit the DocShop physician database to find an experienced dermatologist and schedule a consultation.