Laser Skin Resurfacing 101

Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing

In 2008, the average cost of laser skin resurfacing in the U.S. was more than $2,100 for an ablative treatment and more tan $1,300 for a non-ablative treatment [source: ASPS]. And those are just the physician's fees. Beyond that, there are several other factors that could increase the total cost, such as facility, anesthesia and recovery expenses.

Where you have the procedure done can make a difference. If you opt for your private practitioner's office, it's generally going to be less expensive than at a hospital. But if you're planning to have extensive treatment, it might be in your best interest to schedule your appointment in a well-equipped hospital that will be better suited to handle the intense procedure and its possible effects.

Local anesthesia, which numbers a specific location on your body, will be less costly than general anesthesia, which typically puts you to sleep; however, you must consider what will make you most comfortable [source: DocShop]. It might depend on whether you choose an ablative or non-ablative treatment.

Some patients might also want to buy special makeup after the treatment to cover up the damage until the skin heals. The total cost generally includes initial ointments, bandages and creams provided by the physician immediately after the treatment. However, the cost of pain medication and sleeping pills might not be included in the overall treatment bill.

If you're considering laser skin resurfacing, review your options and speak with your doctor about cost beforehand. Of course, different patients will require different levels of treatment, so each case will vary.

This procedure rarely qualifies for your insurance, but many clinics might be willing to work with you by setting up a payment plan or helping you find a loan [source: Goldman]. Even if your insurance might not cover your resurfacing, it might be able to cover some associated costs. Keep reading to find out what your insurance might cover.