Five Affordable Wrinkle Removal Treatments
If you’ve considered a face lift or other facial rejuvenation procedure to get rid of wrinkles and erase the signs of aging, financing the procedure may be a challenge.
Facial rejuvenation procedures have become more affordable in recent years, but the typical face lift commands an average price of $8,000. This cost may not include doctor’s fees and maintenance products that can add another few hundred dollars to the total price – and a procedure that won’t be a priority for those on a tight budget.
If you’re not prepared to shell out thousand of dollars for a face lift or surgery, consider these affordable wrinkle removal treatments instead; each one boasts an average price of $500 or less, and may be a better match for your budget:
Cosmoderm or Cosmoplast for Wrinkle Removal
Average price of Cosmoplast: $500
Cosmoplast shots have become a valuable alternative to collagen injections in recent years, offering similar results without the risk of allergic reactions. Since they're made with human collagen, they may also create more natural-looking results. Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast injections last between 6-9 months; the treatment can remove fine lines, wrinkles and may also be used for lip augmentation.
Photofacial Treatments for Facial Rejuvenation
Average price of a Photofacial: $400 per session and $100 for each additional area
Photofacial treatments and other laser photo rejuvenation procedures are designed to remove scars, skin pigmentation and may even be used to treat rosacea. The treatment involves the application of Intense Pulse Light laser (IPL) that can eliminate the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. Photofacials can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures for a mini-makeover.
BOTOX for Wrinkle Removal
Average price of BOTOX injectables: $350 - $450 plus $50 for each additional area
BOTOX injections continue to be the leading non-invasive cosmetic procedure for men and women, accounting for nearly 4.6 million treatments in 2007 alone. BOTOX is an FDA-approved injectable that targets frown lines and small wrinkles around the eyes. The formula de-activates the nerves in these areas to ‘freeze’ the tissues in place and the result is a more youthful appearance. Most people do not experience any major side effects, but some cases of allergic reactions can lead to drooping eyelids and swelling in the treatment area.
Collagen Injections for Facial Rejuvenation
Average price of collagen injections: $350 - $575 per injection
Another popular set of injectables that have been used for decades, collagen injections create volume in the skin tissues to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. Collagen injections can be used to correct crow’s feet, reduce lines around the mouth and fill out hollowed areas in the cheeks and neck; they have also become a popular choice for lip augmentation procedures in recent years. Only a small percentage of the population is allergic to the bovine collagen, and the procedure requires little or no downtime.
Microdermabrasion for Wrinkle Removal
Average price of microdermabrasion: $200 per session
If you want to skip the injections and light therapy treatments, microdermabrasion treatments are another option for facial rejuvenation that can provide long-lasting results. Microdermabrasion helps boost skin cell production by buffing away the top layer of skin; this removes surface wrinkles after a series of treatments, and can also remove scars, age spots and other types of skin pigmentation.
From PhotoFacials to collagen injections, you have several options for getting rid of wrinkles and achieving a more youthful look. Most cosmetic surgeons also offer convenient payment plans and financing options to give you more flexibility as you search for the right treatment.
Learn more about facial rejuvenation, anti-aging procedures and BOTOX treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out which procedures suit your budget.