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Electrolysis Costs vs Laser Hair Removal Costs


The promise of permanent hair removal is desirable at almost any cost. Unwanted hair is embarrassing, and using creams, waxes or shaving wastes time and money. Electrolysis has been around now for quite a while, but with the arrival of increasingly advanced treatments in laser hair removal, it's time to compare costs.

The cost of electrolysis is a serious variable and is highly dependent upon the size of the treatment area as well as the genetics, hormones, nutrition and health of the individual prior to beginning the electrolysis process. If you are ever told a specific number of treatments are needed, even during a consultation, consider this a red flag, because a more trust-worthy electrologist will be comfortable and honest in saying that there is no real way to tell just how long the process will take prior to beginning it.

In comparing the upper lip and chin areas, electrolysis costs are about $60 for thirty minute sessions, with approximately 25 visits usually required to complete the process. Laser hair removal only requires 5-6, twenty minute visits on average but has a steeper cost per individual session at approximately $150 for lip and chin. The total amount of time to complete the electrolysis for the lip and chin areas would be about 15 hours, whereas with laser hair removal it only amounts to a couple hours of your time. Many patients are surprised to discover that in addition to spending a fraction of the time on laser hair removal as they would on electrolysis, they also save a substantial amount of money over the long haul.

Although the initial expense of laser hair removal is higher, the overall saving of time and money are almost always superior to that of electrolysis. If the initial expense per treatment does not fit your budget, many Medical Spas offer payment plans so that the expense is spread across a period of a few years. Choosing laser hair removal as your permanent hair removal option saves valuable time and money. Electrolysis is not without its benefits, too, but prospective hair removal patients should be careful not to let individual sessions prices sway their decision.

Electrolysis Costs vs Laser Hair Removal Costs (On Average, Full Treatment)

  • Lip / Chin Hair Removal:
    Electrolysis Cost: $500 - $1000 | Laser Hair Removal Cost: $400 - $800
  • Back Hair Removal:
    Electrolysis Cost: $9,000 - $19,000 | Laser Hair Removal Cost: $4,000 - $10,000
  • Leg Hair Removal:
    Electrolysis Cost: $9,000 - $19,000 | Laser Hair Removal Cost: $6,000 - $12,000
  • Bikini Line Hair Removal:
    Electrolysis Cost: $900 - $2,000 | Laser Hair Removal Cost: $1,000 - $2,000

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