Why do these procedures cost so much??
Kudos to you for asking about this! I’ve been thinking a lot about that too lately and trying to figure out whether there’s a better, slightly less expensive way to offer these treatments to more people and still ensure high quality. It’s a more difficult question than you think because the cost of goods (the wholesale cost of of Botox/Dysport, Thermage tips, laser repairs and maintenance etc) are high and the need for actually well-trained medical staff is high and sometimes space is expensive, but not always. Some “medispas” try to cut costs by hiring poorly trained non medical staff, but I think the quality really suffers then.
It also depends on the community. The midwest less expensive and the coasts much more so, etc. But….overall I agree with you…..we need a way to make these services more available for less!!
I know that doesn’t help you much in the meantime. My advice would be to start slowly but do just a little every 4-6 months (maybe a budget of about $100-200 a month?). Start with excellent products, then add a little Botox/Dysport if you have frown lines or deep crows feet. Consider a microdermabrasion every 4-6 weeks which will super clean your pores and stimulate your skin cell activity. Then maybe a little filler. It really depends on your problems. If you can find a trust worthy, well-trained aesthetician she/he can really be helpful and not so expensive. I know you see the point. Maybe Thermage down the line, but holding on that for now could be a good idea.
Hope this helps, Dr. I