Skin Care Cosmetic Procedures

Proper skin care revolves around healthy eating, protecting your skin from the sun and regularly cleaning and moisturizing your face. However, because everyone’s skin will eventually show signs of wear and sun damage, some people elect to undergo cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical.

The type of cosmetic procedure you will need will depend on the precise nature of your skin damage, your age and your overall health. For example, while an elderly lady may undergo microdermabrasion to remove aged and damaged skin, a young teen with acne will be more likely to have laser acne treatments. These types of improvements are often complemented by other procedures, such as LASIK vision correction.

Cosmetic procedures for skin problems range from strong facial treatments to full body surgery, depending on the nature of the skin problem. Similarly, while some cosmetic procedures are completed in one day, others, such as tattoo removals, require extended treatments.

In this section, we will outline the various types of cosmetic procedures for skin problems. Our articles will describe the costs, complications and recovery times associated with each cosmetic procedure.

Wrinkle Treatments

Treating wrinkles, one of the inevitable signs of aging, can involve:

  • getting BOTOX® injections
  • having facial plastic surgery
  • taking antioxidant pills
  • undergoing laser treatments
  • using wrinkle creams.

If you are starting to or currently have wrinkles on your body that you want to get rid of, start off using the least invasive wrinkle treatment option available, namely the wrinkle creams. If creams don’t work, talk to your doctor about which more invasive options is best for you. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether or not BOTOX®, laser treatments or surgery is the most effective wrinkle treatment for you.

Tattoo Removal

While many people think of acne and wrinkles when they think of skin problems, those who have faded or unwanted tattoos know that body art can also be a skin problem in need of repair. Thanks to the technology of the laser, dermatologists are now able to effectively use laser beams to slowly zap the ink out of your skin.

Depending on the size and colors of your tattoo, tattoo removals can take anywhere from one to more than 10 sessions. Although the costs associated with this cosmetic procedure will vary according to the experience of your doctor, typical costs for tattoo removals range between $100 and $500 per treatment session.

While these prices may seem fairly steep, especially if you need more than 10 sessions to remove your tattoo, those who regret their tattoos know that the cost of tattoo removal is worth it!


Like tattoo removal, microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that may require multiple sessions before it is effective. Microdermabrasion is skin treatment in which tiny crystals are used to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. The result is a smoother, clearer complexion.

While people can get microdermabrasion at their dermatologists’ offices, they can also get this cosmetic procedure done at upscale spas and fitness centers. Similarly, just as people can go to various places to get microdermabrasion, so too can they get this procedure done on various parts of their bodies. In general, the most common locations for microdermabrasion include the face, hands, chest and neck.

Depending on where you go to get your microdermabrasion done and which part of your body is being targeted, you can expect to pay between $75 and $200 per microdermabrasion session.


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