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 other options you may consider such as laser hair removal. With this procedure, it will not only reduce your hair growth, but you may notice hair will never grow back in the 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 others will charge you per treatment or with a package deal. This can vary from $250 to $800 per treatment. Keep in mind that you may need more than five sessions to see a significant difference. The clinic, geographical location and area needed to be treated can affect the price.
- 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 create a “pulse” on your skin, it can be $150 per 150 pulses. A pulse is each 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.
- 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|
|Abdomen||$250 to $400|
|Arms (one only)||$350 to $500|
|Back (not including shoulders or neck)||$375 to $600|
|Back + Shoulders + Neck||$500 to $850|
|Bikini Line||$95 to $280|
|Buttocks||$180 to $300|
|Cheeks||$120 to $240|
|Chest||$240 to $395|
|Chin||$85 to $125|
|Face||$200 to $350|
|Feet||$75 to $125|
|Forehead||$85 to $125|
|Forearms||$175 to $225|
|Legs||$450 to $650|
|Lips||$85 to $110|
|Neck (back or front)||$85 to $145|
|Shoulders||$240 to $375|
|Sideburns||$85 to $110|
|Thighs||$150 to $250|
|Whole Body||$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:
- The 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 a female’s upper lip.
- 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 on 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 and 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 is 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, 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 the facility fee and surgeon fees. Be sure to consult with the clinic to know your final price. Keep in mind insurance companies won’t cover something like this procedure.
- Depending on the procedure, additional procedures may be required down the road if the original procedure didn’t do its job properly or if you’re unsatisfied with the results.
Tips to know
- Laser hair removal side effects may include skin irritation, pigment changes, blistering, crusting, scarring or any other changes to your skin.
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. Most clinics will also accept credit cards.