Laser Hair Removal Cost

What does laser hair removal cost? Men and women in the United States and abroad often ask this question because they are frustrated with the time and money spent removing unwanted hair from various areas of the body.

Many people wonder if laser treatments would be less expensive or more expensive than what they are already doing at home. We are going to give you a general idea of the costs involved with laser hair removal along with tips on researching the clinics in your area.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

This procedure uses a long pulse laser to effectively remove hair from various areas of the body. You can have hair removed from your legs, buttocks, bikini lines, eyebrows, nose, shoulders, arms, toes, breasts, lips, ear lobes, thighs, chin, hands, abdomen, underarms, face, chest, or back.

How Much Does It Cost?

First, keep in mind that the costs listed here are for a single treatment. In most cases, laser hair removal requires 6 to 8 treatments annually to be completely effective.

For example, let's say that you want hair removed from both of your legs. The price range for this procedure is $500 to $1,300 per session. At the top of the range, 8 treatments would cost you $10,400 for the first year.

Subsequent years could be less, depending on how well you respond to the treatments. Some people find they require only 2 or 3 treatments in the years following the first year of removal.

General Laser Hair Removal Cost

The following prices listed are for a single session of the area in question.

  • Legs - $500-$1,300
  • Abdomen - $150 - $400
  • Full face - $250 - $650
  • Buttocks - $200 - $399
  • Underarms - $150 - $249
  • Brazilian bikini hair removal - $250 - $500
  • Regular bikini - $150 - $400
  • Upper lip - $100 - $300
  • Half legs - $250 - $649
  • Chest - $150 - $449
  • Chin - $100 - $299
  • Back - $300 - $799
  • Half arms - $250 - $650

How Is Pricing Determined?

Pricing is determined by several factors. Generally however, you will pay more for laser hair removal through a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

Clinics that specialize in hair removal are more likely to be priced more reasonably. The United States and United Kingdom tend to have higher prices than other areas of the world.

You could save up to 50% by having the procedure done in Brazil, the Czech Republic, India, and Tunisia. You must include the cost of travel and accommodations too of course!

Will Insurance Cover Laser Hair Removal Cost?

The short answer is no, they won't. It's considered a cosmetic procedure, not a life-saving procedure, so insurance companies won't cover the cost.

There are, however, a few medical conditions, which may require removal of hair via lasers and in these cases your insurance company may cover the cost. Hair removal due to medical conditions such as Folliculitis or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome may be somewhat covered, so be sure to ask.

Factors That Affect Cost

  1. How many treatments are required?

  2. What is the cost of each treatment?

  3. How dense is the hair to be removed?

  4. How large of an area will be treated?

  5. Does the specialist charge one flat fee or does he offer package pricing?

  6. Is cost associated with the density of the hair or by the number of laser pulses used to eliminate the hair?

These are all questions you need to ask during the consultation. Be sure to get a few quotes from clinics in your area to determine the best price. Consultations are often free of charge, so it doesn't cost money to get the quotes.

Ways to Bring Down the Cost

You could lower your cost for laser hair removal by talking to the practitioner or clinic about the following things. Ask about a cost reduction if you bring a friend with you to have a procedure done.

Inquire about payment - would the cost be reduced at all if you paid for all of the treatments in one lump sum? Always ask about any specials they're offering. Many clinics won't tell you about them unless you ask. Inquire too about any financing that might be available to you.

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