The Prescription

Why This 34-Year-Old L.A. Resident Spends $16,000 a Year on Skincare & Aesthetics

How much do aesthetic and skincare treatments cost?
Andrey Shevchuk

Does not imply the person featured in the photograph had any of the treatments mentioned in this article.

In this installment of The PrescriptionTM, writer Allison McNamara finds out what treatments one 34-year-old communications professional in Los Angeles books annually. 

A 34 year-old communications professional in Los Angeles, California. 

Mila Moursism facials once a month or every other month ($200)
Skin Laundry® “Baby Fraxel” every two weeks ($250)
Clear + Brilliant® Laser three times a year ($400)
Injectable wrinkle reducers at Kate Somerville® once every three months ($500)
Injectable filler once a year at Facile® ($750)
Laser hair removal on underarms, bikini, and legs once every six months ($100)
IPL four sessions per year on upper face ($1,200 per session)
LED facial at Kate Somerville once or twice a year ($200)

Editor's Note

Injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet; they should not be used more frequently than every three months. Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects. Talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you. 

Editor's Note

As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment.

Annual Total:

“Being in communications, I am usually the first point-of-contact or the first interaction that editors, media, and tastemakers have with my clients. With that comes a tremendous amount of pressure to always look your best, especially in Los Angeles. By most beauty standards, my skin is clear and in good shape, but I have noticed such a difference when I commit to a regular facial schedule. I love Mila Moursi’s facials, and she is also centrally located to my office, which makes my monthly facial much more manageable — sometimes I even schedule it at lunch! I also like mixing in LED facials from Kate Somerville, too. 

However, the biggest change I noticed in my skin came from incorporating lasers into my routine. In fact, I spend a bulk of my beauty budget on them. They are amazing for tightening the skin, reducing scarring, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines — they’re just amazing. For routine maintenance, I stick to Skin Laundry’s “Baby Fraxel” laser, because I find it is the most affordable for the quality and result. I swap out this laser for a more hefty Clear + Brilliant laser a few times a year, as well as IPL, which is incredible. 

I also incorporate injectables into my aesthetics routine, but we go for a [subtle-looking] result. Overall, this is the perfect ‘prescription’ for me — and I’m very happy with the results.”