How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
Hair grows in many places that frankly we want to get rid of. Since shaving it generally only lasts a few days, there are many options that one may consider such as a laser hair removal. With a procedure such as laser hair removal, it will not only reduce your hair growth, but you may see hair never come back in that area again.
How much is the cost of laser hair removal?
- Some clinics will charge you a flat fee every time you come into the clinic. You may find that they charge you per treatment, or you can get a package deal. This can vary from $250 to $800 per treatment. Keep in mind that you may need more than five to see a significant difference. Your clinic, and location can all influence the price greatly.
- Some clinics may charge per every 15 minutes. This can vary from $100 to $200 per 15 minutes.
- Other clinics may charge per pulse. Every time they make a “pulse” on your skin, it can be $150 per 150 pulses, etc. A pulse is each and every time the laser fires on your body. Each pulse can take up to one second to generate, therefore the clinic will be able to perform up to 60 pulses per minute.
- Your area such as your back hair may cost $600 to $800.
- A leg treatment can be anywhere from $300 to $400.
- An under arm treatment can vary from $100 to $250.
- A facial hair treatment can cost anywhere from $125 to $225.
- According to a recent study done in 2009 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average session for laser hair removal was around $331 per session.
Area of Body
Cost Per Session
$250 to $400
Arms (one only)
$350 to $500
Back (not including shoulders or neck)
$375 to $600
Back + Shoulders + Neck
$500 to $850
$95 to $280
$180 to $300
$120 to $240
$240 to $395
$85 to $125
$200 to $350
$75 to $125
$85 to $125
$175 to $225
$450 to $650
$85 to $110
Neck (back or front)
$85 to $145
$240 to $375
$85 to $110
$150 to $250
$1,800 to $3,000
Note: On average, you will have to have at least six sessions. To play it safe, take the number mentioned above and multiply it by six. For example, a complete session of sideburns would run $510 to $660 total. These prices can be higher for people overweight.
Factors that influence the price for laser hair removal:
- Size of Area: The larger the area is, the more it will cost. For example, both legs would cost a lot more than just your face.
- Density: The thickness and density of the hair can bring the price up. For example, men’s back hair will be a lot harder to remove than an upper lip on a female.
- Treatments: Some areas are going to require more treatments than others. Due to the complexity of this situation, a doctor will recommend that you do more than one session to ensure the success rates are high.
- Skin Color: While it may sound odd, there have been studies that those who have darker skin colors will often find that they have to pay more. This is due to the fact that most lasers work with lighter skin.
- Doctor: The reputation and demand for the doctor can yield a higher price tag. Doctors that are veterans tend to be more than one that rarely performs the procedure.
- Geographical Location: With anything, the area where you live can greatly influence the price.
What is going to be included?
- A free consultation should be included in the beginning. They will be able to discuss what your options are, as well as what is going to work the best for you.
- Before the procedure begins, the hair will be trimmed slightly above the skin surface. After this had been done, the laser will automatically adjust to the skin’s color, thickness and tone.
- During the procedure, once the laser is running, each “pulse” will make a dime to quarter size mark, removing any hair in that area, also causing the hair from not forming in the future as well. Depending on the amount of hair that has to disappear, each session can last up to one hour.
- After the procedure has been completed, you will have to place an ice pack on the area, just in case of inflammation. A few weeks later, an appointment will be scheduled for a follow-up.
What are the extra costs?
- Some clinics may have additional fees such as facility fees, surgeon fees and more. Be sure to consult with the clinic to know your final price. Keep in mind that many insurance companies won’t cover something such as this procedure.
- Depending on the procedure, additional procedures may be required down the road if the original procedure didn’t do it’s job properly, or you’re unsatisfied with the results.
How can I save money?
- Test over the counter hair removal products before you head to a clinic. Surprisingly, many people have great luck with some products. While it may take you a little longer to see results, it will be worth the money in the end.
- If considering removing hair throughout all parts of your body, it’s wise to consider to get as many parts of your body done as possible. The more areas that are covered, the more you’re going to be likely to save since you’ll be able to do it all in one setting.
- Laser hair removal procedures are going to take more than one session on average. Usually, the more you go, the more you’re going to save each visit. Make sure that you frequent the same clinic to ensure you get the maximum amount of savings.
- Most doctor’s offices will have some sort of financial assistance. Ask them if you can make monthly payments. Many offices will work with third party credit agencies.