Laser hair removal costs an average of $285 - $400 for one session, according to the latest stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, but some treatments can run up to $1,500 per session.

 

Many people have to deal with removing unwanted body hair as part of their normal grooming routine. Whether it’s shaving their legs or tweezing the pesky little hairs sprouting from their chin, people can spend what amounts to months if not years of removing body hair over the course of their lives. Women tend to spend a little more time and money on this process than men. In fact, a survey completed by the American Laser Centers showed that women spend more than $10,000 on shaving products like razors and shaving cream over their lifetime. 

Considering those stats, it’s no surprise that many people are looking for a more permanent solution to combating unwanted hair - such as laser hair removal treatment.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

During treatment, a laser emits a powerful light that is used to target the natural pigment melanin in individual hairs. The light energy is then converted into heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs (hair follicles) within the skin that produce hair. This damage delays or stops future hair growth.

Hair follows a growth pattern that involves periods of growing, shedding, and resting. Laser hair removal is only effective when hair is in the active growing phase. Hair that has been recently removed and is in the resting period will not be visible to the laser, so you will need to wait until it regrows to eliminate it. This is why you should not wax or pluck the hair before your laser hair removal treatment. To ensure the laser treats every unwanted hair, multiple laser sessions are needed to target hair as it cycles through the hair growth phases. Most people reach their goal of silky-smooth, hair-free skin in as little as six to eight treatments.

How Much is Laser Hair Removal?

The cost varies widely according to a number of factors, such as the size of the area you're treating, the provider's expertise, and where you're located. The following price is the average cost of laser hair removal in the United States.

Laser Hair Removal of Small Areas

The bikini line is considered a small area for laser hair removal, and each session can cost an average of between $150 – $275. Underarms range from $150 – $175 and chin, lip, and sideburns range from $75 -$150.

Laser Hair Removal of Medium Areas

Upper and lower legs can cost anywhere between $275 – $400, while arms will cost between $350 to $400.

Laser Hair Removal of Large Areas

Large areas such as the back can cost between $375 – $400 per session.

How Many Laser Treatments Will You Need?

This depends on your Fitzpatrick skin type.

Here’s a quick summary of how to classify the different types:

 Fitzpatrick skin type
Features
Tanning ability
I
Pale white skin, blonde/ginger hair
Always gets a sunburn instead of tan
II
Fair skin and blue eyes
Get sunburnt easily but still can get a poor tan
III
Darker white skin
Gets a tan after initial sunburn
IV
Light brown skin
Tans easily, minimal burns
V
Brown skin
Gets a dark tan, rarely burns
VI
Dark brown or black skin
Always gets a dark tan, never burns

  

Types 1 and 2: Those with dark hair usually require 4-6 treatments spaced out every 4-6 weeks to achieve permanent hair removal, while those with lighter hair may only achieve a permanent reduction in hair density after 6-12 treatments, each spaced a month apart.

Types 3: Those with dark hair usually require 6-10 treatments done every 4-6 weeks for permanent hair removal, while those with lighter hair require 3-6 treatments done a month apart for permanent hair reduction.

Types 4, 5 and 6: Those with dark hair usually require 6-10 treatments scheduled every 4-6 weeks apart for permanent hair reduction. Maintenance sessions are done every 3-6 months are required. Individuals in this category with lighter hair are unlikely to respond to treatment.

Treatments must be scheduled apart long enough to allow new hair growth to reach the level of the hair bulge.

Now you can know your average costs of laser hair removal.

Other Alternatives?

Cost of laser treatments may expensive for some people, laser/IPL hair removal device at home could be a great choice.

The price of IPL hair removal device at home arranges from around $120 to more than $500. It could be used for many years, saving lots of money in a long run, and the results could meet expectations of many people.

There are some pictures for IPL/laser hair removal before and after: