Many patients find the treatment’s lasting effects and reduced hair growth more than worth the cost. Laser hair removal cost varies depending on the area being treated, the clinic or physician performing the treatment, the number of treatments in a package, and other considerations. According to the 2014 ASAPS annual report, average cost per treatment for laser hair removal was $311, but that doesn’t factor in all of the variables. The price for a single treatment can range from less than $100 up to several hundred dollars based on the size of the area being treated. For example, the cost of hair removal for a woman’s upper lip can easily be less than $100 per treatment, while a large area like a man’s back, will be significantly more than the $311 average.
Since all individuals have their own unique pattern of hair growth, it is difficult to give a precise estimate of the number of treatments needed to completely eliminate your problem hair, or the exact cost of doing so. The safest approach is to set up a consultation with a physician in order to better understand prices for your particular case.
For many patients, three treatments may be enough to provide hair removal for many months. For others it may take more or less than three laser hair removal treatments. Many offices will offer a package of treatment sessions at a discount. An exact price is often only quoted after you have a consultation. Many clinics will offer a free consultation, if there is a consultation fee, ask if that fee can be applied to the first treatment session.
Laser hair removal cost will vary from city to city depending on whether the doctor’s practice is in an urban, suburban or rural area. As one might expect, the higher the cost of living in an area, the more expensive treatment may be, Manhattan will likely be more expensive than Spokane. The only way to get a truly accurate idea of what your out of pocket cost is going to be is to pick up the phone and call a local doctor.
The Patient’s Guide® has found the share of young adults (18-29 yr olds) looking to have the procedure performed at its highest levels on record. Of the 1,541 responses in the survey, 61% were in the 18-29 age demographic, up from 43% in 2009. The share of 30-40 year olds has dropped significantly, from 36% to 24%.