Why do these non-surgical cosmetic procedures cost so much? Anti-aging on a budget

Looking at procedures that will make me look good for my age (55), not make me look 30. However, I am finding non-surgical procedures (thermage) are outrageous in price. I am not willing to put financial burden on my family for this, the stress of it only causing me to look worse. Why does, for example, thermage for the eye area cost so much? So sad these procedures seem to be only for the wealthy, not regular paycheck to paycheck type people like myself.

Kudos to you for asking about this! I’ve been thinking a lot about this too lately: cosmetic procedures cost. I have been 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 might think. Why?

Why do cosmetic procedures cost so much? Well…

1. The cost of goods (the wholesale cost of of Botox/Dysport, Thermage tips, laser repairs and maintenance, etc) are high.

2. Plus, the need for well-trained medical staff is high.

3. Sometimes office 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, and potential for risk grows.

4. It also depends on the community. The midwest is less expensive and the coasts much more.

Despite all this, 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.

Anti-aging plan on a budget:

My advice would be to start slowly. Budget just a little every 4-6 months (maybe a budget of about $100-200 a month?) and dedicate it as follows:

1. Start with excellent skincare products like these.

2. Then add a little Botox/Dysport if you have frown lines or deep crows feet.

3. Consider a microdermabrasion every 4-6 weeks which will super clean your pores and stimulate your skin cell activity.

4. 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

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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