How much does laser scar removal cost? What is the best price for laser treatment of scars? Can laser help with acne scars and what is the average price for it? These are some of the questions we keep getting from our readers. If you can relate to any one of them, then this article is for you. Keep reading to discover how much of a dent you can expect in your wallet.
Determinants of Laser Scar Removal Cost or Laser Scar Removal Price Range
Laser treatment is one of the options commonly used to reduce deeper scars. As Bruce Katz, MD, an associate clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons say, laser treatment can help to get rid of both new and older scars.
But what is scar removal cost, you ask?
Well, laser treatment need vary from one patient to another depending on the type of scar, size, and location on the body and laser scar removal price range varies accordingly. Laser scar removal cost also tends to vary with geographic location as well as the experience of a surgeon whereby more experienced surgeons tend to charge more.
Another important factor for laser treatment cost is the type of laser used and the number of treatments required. If you have spent some time reading about lasers, then you might have come across a whole range of options such as CO2, Erbium, Fractionated CO2, and Fraxel treatments all of which can be used to treat scars.
The choice of laser depends on the nature of the scar. For example, although CO2 lasers are better suited for treatment of superficial scars, Erbium lasers are on the other hand a better option for deeper scars. Dr. Bowe, a dermatologist based in New York further says that Fraxel treatment is better suited for acne scars and older scars.
Laser treatment can be used on it sown or in combination with other non-laser treatments such as corticosteroid injection, silicone gel sheets etc. the decision of the surgeon to use extra treatments – depending on the nature of the scar – will have a significant impact on the overall cost for laser removal.
How Much Is Laser Scar Removal – How Much Does Laser Scar Removal Cost
While browsing through the questions asked by the readers, the questions “How much is laser scar removal?” and “How much does laser scar removal cost?” seemed to be very frequently asked.
This is a rather tricky question to ask as the actual cost for the laser treatment varies depending on a number of factors ranging from type of scar (e.g. is it keloid or hypertrophic?) to the location on the body (on the cheek, for example, or on the abdomen?) and the experience of the plastic surgeon or the dermatologist among other factors that we have highlighted in the previous section.
Laser sessions vary in price between $300 and $600 each. Consider the fact that several sessions are required and you will have a clear picture of the kind of answer to be expected for the question “How much is laser scar removal?”
Answering the question, “How much does laser scar removal cost?” Dr. Kris M. Reddy, a plastic surgeon based in West Palm Beach quoted a price range of between $1000 and $5,000 but that was in the year 2010 and the cost could have shifted (most likely upwards).
Your best bet would be to talk to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist in your area for a more accurate insight (remember there is the geographic location factor).
Best Laser Scar Removal Price
Someone just sent us an email asking what the best price for laser treatment of scars is and to be sincere, this is a rather difficult question to ask as this would depend on the following factors:
- Type, size and location of the scar
- Type of laser treatment options chosen
- The number of treatment sessions required
- Experience and geographic location of the practitioner
- Non-laser treatments required
Your best bet would be to talk to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist offering scar treatment in your area. If you know none, your GP may be able to offer recommendations. You should however not expect to pay anything below $300 per laser treatment session.
Laser Scar Removal NYC Cost
As part of this research, I tried to unearth the cost for laser scar removal in NYC as one of you (valuable readers) has requested.
I spent some time searching on Google – my favorite search engine by the way 🙂 – using the phrase, laser scar removal cost in NYC but my research was inconclusive since most clinics require you to schedule an appointment with them before they can quote the price.
This is understandable given that the cost will vary from one patient to another depending on their particular case.
Your best approach would be to book an appointment with one of the many clinics in NYC offering scar treatment e.g. Laser Center, Skintology Skin & Laser Center, and Juva Skin & Laser Center to name but a few.
NB: These are not to be taken as recommendations.
Laser Scar Removal Cost UK
For those of you writing to use from the UK wanting to know about typical laser removal costs, you can expect to pay anything between £200 (* equivalent to $332) and £400 (* equivalent to $664) per session depending on the type of laser used and the experience of the practitioner in addition to other factors such as non-laser treatment required and size of the scar to name but a few.
* As at the time of this writing
Laser Acne Scar Removal Cost
We also took some time to research average cost for laser acne scar removal at the request of one of our site visitors and found the cost to vary from $500 and $1000 per treatment session. The average cost in the US is about $792 per session which means that a 5-session treatment plan would cost an average total cost of 3,960.
You would most likely have to foot the bill all by yourself as most insurance companies don’t cover the cost of laser treatments with aesthetic (rather than medical) goals.