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Laser Hair Removal Cost

Updated on November 20, 2010

There are a number of factors that contribute to the end price of laser hair removal treatments.This article will help you understand the main factors that determine how much you will pay.

What are the charges based on?

There are 2 main factors that determine how much your laser hair removal treatment will cost. The first is the size of the area that you are treating and the second is what laser removal system is being used. It goes without saying the smaller areas will be the cheapest and larger areas more expensive though you do need to bear in mind that there may be some ongoing costs as the treatment usually spans several sessions. Most practices will offer discounted rates for longer treatments and there are also financing options available.

The type of hair that you have will also play a part in the final pricing. Some types of hair, particularly darker hair may require additional treatments and in some cases the laser hair removal procedure will need to be adjusted in order to accommodate unusual hair growth patterns to make sure that the surrounding skin is left unharmed.

What’s The Actual Treatment You Are Paying For?

Removing unwanted hair can be a painful and expensive procedure. Laser Hair removal is based on the theory of selective photothermolysis. In simple terms this means focusing the right amount of light energy to change the way hair grows. Does laser hair removal work? Laser treatments have been proven effective as long term or even permanent hair reduction and removal.

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Bikini Area
The average price for hair removal on the bikini area is somewhere in the range of $350 to $500. As the skin in this area is particularly sensitive be sure to ask your doctor or dermatologist beforehand about how you can best prepare for your treatment.

Arms and Legs
You can expect to pay from $500 to $900 for laser hair removal on your upper and lower legs. Laser hair removal for your arms is cheaper and will start from $300 to $500. One of the cheapest areas is actually the underarms which can be treated from $200.

Removing hair from your chest will start from about $300 up to $600 depending on the amount of chest hair that you want treated and the level of hair growth.

Treating a large area like your back with laser hair treatments can range from $500 to $1000 per session. Considering that the whole process will span several sessions the end cost of removing your back hair is quite significant.

Facial Hair
Removing hair from your face is another expensive area. Although the amount of hair may be minimal in comparison to your back, the skin on your face must be treated with an extra level of caution thus the prices fall in a similar range as laser treatments for your back. There are several options to consider for facial hair removal as it is a particularly sensitive area.

The average cost of laser hair removal treatments in the United States is approximately $430 based on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Although this may seem rather high bear in mind that laser hair removal cost less when compared to the long term costs of other hair removal methods like waxing.

Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal

Length of Treatment

It is difficult to determine an exact length of treatment as the hair on each individual is different with respect to how dense the growth is in the area and which way it grows. In most cases three to six treatments will be enough to stop the hair from growing for several months though It is best to set up a consultation with your doctor or dermatologist to get a better idea of the length of treatment and pricing for your specific situation.

Depending on the number of treatments that you require, the overall procedure could be quite expensive. Many practices will offer discounts if you pay for treatments in advance and it is best to look at a number of different laser hair removal practices and methods to find the right one for you. The fees in different areas will also differ significantly so be sure to look at practices that are not in your immediate vicinity and you could find a significant price difference. Keep in mind that there will be other costs aside from the actual procedure like creams etc to help your skin after the treatments.

Underarm Laser Hair Removal
Underarm Laser Hair Removal

Don't Let Just Anyone Do It

As Laser hair removal is a professional procedure so you should be wary of anyone offering services that are too cheap. This will almost inevitably lead to problems either with ineffective treatments or related skin problems. If you are still hesitant there are other permanent hair removal products on the market that may be more suitable for you. Take the time to research your options and gather as much laser hair removal information that you are comfortable with. If someone is going to be pointing a laser at you they need to have the right qualifications so take a look at some of the providers out there and do your homework properly. Your smooth skin will thank you for it.


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      Williams 3 years ago

      I agree your detail is so helpful for laser hair removal, here I see another website

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      bloggering 7 years ago from Southern California

      Informative article - I would love to get my eyebrows and legs done :-)