The cost of laser hair removal is often something that deters a lot of people from looking further into this option. It is one of the most expensive methods available. A number of factors play a role in how much one will have to pay for this procedure. What area of the country you live, what part of the body is being treated, how big of an area is being treated, the number of sessions required, the type of facility that work will be done at, are all factors that will determine how big of a financial investment is needed in the end.
For a lot of customers, the price is more than justified. Not having to fuss with shaving on a daily or weekly basis or endure the pain of waxing may make it well worth the expense.
If services being offered in your area are still out of your price range, then purchasing a home laser hair removal device may be a convenient, more cost effective alternative than having it done professionally. Home options may seem expensive at first, but in the long run it more than pays for itself for a fraction of the price of having it done by a specialist. Either way, there are plenty of options available as well as deals, both locally and on the internet, that can further bring down the price.
Typical Laser Hair Removal Prices
The basis for what will be charged for your sessions begins with which area of the body you would like to target. Large areas, obviously, will run more because of the amount of real estate of skin being worked on. Typical cost per session can usually run between $100 to $400 on average. Having your bikini line treated is going to cost a lot less than having both legs worked on. Often times new clients will start off with a small area such as the bikini area, upper lip or even the underarms to test out the entire laser hair removal process at a low starting price point. If satisfied with the results, they may decide to tackle other areas that are more expensive such as the legs or arms .
You will find that services are usually charged by the part of the body being treated. Prices for laser hair removal are normally listed as the cost of one session. With 5 to 8 sessions typically required to completely treat each area, the total amount can really add up and it is important to factor this in when looking at any establishment’s list prices. So how much does laser hair removal cost? Below is the average price per session for certain parts of the body:
Chin – $75 – $150 (per session)
Upper Lip – $50 – $125
Cheeks – $100 – $200
Eyebrows – $75 – $150
Bikini Line – $100 – $250
Arms – $100 – $400
Hands – $60 – $120
Underarms – $100 – $300
Legs – $200 – $800
These examples are just averages of what the laser hair removal prices might be in your area. Depending on where you live, the prices may be significantly higher or somewhat lower. Don’t be afraid to ask for deals, or if you are lucky enough to live in a city with multiple laser hair removal establishments you might find that they will be more than willing to price match or even beat their competitors price by a few percentage points. Also you may be able to get a better price by buying in bulk (paying for multiple sessions at once). List price is not always the final price.
Shopping Around and Finding Discounts
The best way to find local deals is to see if any clinics or spas in your area have a website. They may post special deals or packages that you can take advantage of, either by taking them up on their offer or by using their prices to see if any of their competitors will beat it. It never hurts to ask, and the worst they could say is “No, our prices are our prices”.
One way to achieve this (at least in the US) is to go to Google Maps, type in “laser hair removal” and then your zip code. Those that live in or near a decent sized city should have quite a few results show up near them, some of them will have website addresses attached in the search results. Not all of these establishments will have their prices listed but look for things like “Promotions” or “Specials” and you may be able to find a pretty nice savings. Those that live in more rural areas may find their choices limited and this method may not work all that well. You don’t have to use Google Maps, you can use regular Google and still get results, it’s just more convenient to also see where everything is located. Knowing what is available in your area is a great way to bring the price of laser hair removal down and ending up saving.
You may also find that bundling multiple body parts will save you a few hundred dollars. We always recommend starting with a small area on your body for testing purposes. If you see positive results then you should feel more comfortable treating the larger, more expensive areas of the body.
Is the Cost of Laser Hair Removal Worth It?
Not only can it save you money over waxing each year, but there are also many other benefits to using this type of hair removal. First, you don’t have to worry about hair growing back quickly. It takes some time before hair returns to the treated area. This means that you can worry about other aspects of your appearance and give little thought to whether unwanted hair will be a problem in certain body parts.
Another benefit is that with each treatment hair returns at a thinner and less dense rate, so eventually you may find hair removal entirely unnecessary. This can be especially true on areas such as the face, neck, and legs. Finally, the confidence you can gain in knowing that you do not have to worry about unwanted hair may make it worth the price alone.
Less Expensive Alternatives
For a less expensive alternative than going to a spa clinic or dermatologist, a lot of people are now turning to home laser hair removal options. These offer those wanting a more permanent answer for their hair removal needs, without the higher prices of laser hair removal multiple sessions done professionally, a viable option to save money and get great results. All this without having to leave the house. While the initial price to purchase these devices is still significant (usually between $200 to $500) the ability to do laser hair removal at home and on all body parts makes it extremely more budget friendly over time. To get LHR done on multiple sections of the body in a professional setting would require multiple sessions each costing upward of hundreds of dollars for each session. In the end, the overall cost may end up being thousands of dollars, depending on the services being offered.
Not only are home devices cheaper in the long run, they also provide the convenience of being able to remove hair in the privacy of one’s own home on their own schedule. It saves time, gas and ultimately money.
While there are numerous advantages to purchasing a home device, there are also some disadvantages as well. Some of the devices on the market work on smaller more concentrated areas of the skin. This may result in more sessions and more time being needed to obtain the desired results. Some of the manufactures of home laser hair removal devices understand this and offer extended trial periods so customers can test their devices and make sure that it will work for them. Make sure to read all literature that comes with these units before operating, both the instructions and the warranty. Some of the more popular brand names include TRIA and Silk’n Flash & Go.
Popularity of this form of permanent hair reduction and removal continues to be on the rise. As more people start to discover and try this method, prices will continue to fall. Don’t be discouraged by cost of laser hair removal, because what may seem like expensive today, may be affordable tomorrow.