How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

I get a lot of razor bumps on my legs and so I want to try laser hair removal to see if that will fix my problem.  I know it won't be cheap, but what is the cost of laser hair removal?  Is there any way to tell how many laser hair treatments I will probably need before commiting to several treatments up front?

Doctor Answers 28

How much does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Laser hair removal prices vary from city to city, region to region. Find a provider that is good and reputable, and don’t skimp on price because that is when I see the most problems — and we don’t want problems. People offer specials to get you in the door, and most of the times these people are the least educated about laser hair removal. The costs vary, but over the years they have become much more reasonable so that laser hair removal for most people is affordable today.

Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

There are many variables that determine the cost of laser hair removal: type and color of hair, size of the area, etc.  Typically multiple treatments are needed, usually between 5-8 depending on area and length of growth cycle.  At the time this question is being answered, individual laser hair removal sessions begin at $75, and we do occasionally offer special pricing in our monthly email newsletters.  As always, consult a certified practitioner for an individual consultation, preferably someone who is supervised by a board certified plastic surgeon, and be wary of any company that advertises extremely low prices.

Cost for hair removal

Cost of hair removal varies by area and the size of the area. It also depends how thick your hair is, and how many sessions you really need.

Laser Hair Removal Cost

It all depends on the hair density we usually do a patch test to give a quote but it could start from $150 per area. It also depends on the practice and the city that you live on.

Jhonny Salomon, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

The cost of laser hair removal

Laser hair removal price is dependant on the amount of time needed to treat the desired area.  Larger areas and dense hair need more and longer treatments.  The larger the area or more hair to be removed the more expensive it is.  Laser hair removal is generally sold in packages of treatments since the average area takes many treatments for a good result.  Our practice sells packages of 8 treatments with free touch ups to the area over 2 years.  This ensures the maximum result to the area.  Prices of the package can range from $400 to $1500.

Average Cost of Laser Hair Removal

The cost for laser hair removal depends on a lot of different factors. Where you live geographically could be one factor, as well as the type of technology and the size of the area or areas being treated. Larger areas of treatment take a long time in the treatment room. All of these things will play a roll in the cost  for laser hair removal. You should always choose a reputable medical spa within a dermatology or plastic surgery office as your first choice. They can oversee the clinician doing the treatment and have probably put a lot of time into researching the best technology on the market.

W. John Bull, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Pricing for Laser Hair Removal

There are several factors that contribute to the cost of laser hair removal including what area is being treated, the efficiency of the device, your location, how long does the procedure take, the experience of the technician, and if you are having multiple areas treated in the same appointment.  We usually recommend a minimum of 6 treatments, but it may take more; and maintenance treatments are not uncommon.  The reasoning, put simply, is the hairs are on a rotation and in many different phases of the growth cycle, and laser treatments are most effective when the hair itself is still in contact with the follicle.  In order to maximize the overall amount of hair reduction, we must target each of the rotations during that initial growth phase.  Most places will offer a discount for purchasing the treatments in a package, and may or may not offer a sliding scale when treating multiple areas.  To get more specific pricing, shop around your area.  Keep in mind there are several types of lasers utilized for laser hair removal, so it is best to start with a consultation.  

Steven M. Gitt, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Laser hair removal costs

Hair removal prices vary by city and state. The best way to determine exactly what you need is by having a consultation with a licensed esthetician.  At my practice, most patients typically require 6-8 treatments to see optimal results.

Laser hair removal costs, Connecticut

Laser hair removal pricing vary from place to place. Finding a good reputable place is the key. I would stay away from "medical spas" that are not run by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. These places tend to have the least educated people running their lasers. Depending on the area you are treating cost can range greatly. Shop around for a place that you can trust.

Alfred Sofer, MD, FACS
Fairfield Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Laser Hair Removal Cost

Laser hair removal cost will vary depending on what area of the body is treated and and where the procedure is performed.  Smaller areas, such as the upper lip, will start around $100 per treatment.  Larger areas, such as under arms or bikini, will range from $200 to $300 per treatment.  Generally, around 5 - 6 treatments will be required for best results and "touch up" treatments will be required to fully maintain the hair reduction.  We sell packages where you get 6 treatments for the price of 5.  The reason multiple treatments are required because hair growth is cyclical.  Three phases of hair growth are anagen (growth), catagen (regression) and telogen (resting).  At any one time, your hairs are in different stages of the growth cycle.  Unfortunately, the hair can only be treated with a laser during the anagen or growth phase.  As a single treatment is performed, only a percentage of the hairs are treated.  The hairs in the catagen and telogen phases are not treatable and will continue to grow normally.  This can give the appearance that the hairs have grown back or the treatment has failed.  Therefore, we stage laser hair removal to best target the hairs in the active growth phase.

 Also, the cost will vary with where the procedure is performed.  Med spas that do not have a physician on site will likely be cheaper.  Whereas, treatments that are personally overseen by a board certified plastic surgeon tend to be more expensive.  Remember, when trying to determine the value of a service that you are also paying for the expertise of the individual performing the treatments, not just the machine.  

Trey Aquadro, M.D.
Auburn, AL

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