Cost of laser hair removal vs. alternative methods of ridding yourself of unwanted hair

Cost of laser hair removal vs. alternative methods of ridding yourself of unwanted hair

Most People Ask How Much Before Anything Else

The most common question about laser hair removal that we get is, “how much does it cost?” To answer that let’s first consider the different methods of eliminating unwanted hair and compare them.

Your options basically include shaving, plucking, waxing, sugaring, depilatories, electrolysis and laser hair removal.

You need to know all there is to know about laser hair removal before proceeding.

Besides the price of laser hair removal, the lasers that are actually used, the experience of the facility, and choosing a doctor’s office are all important factors in your decision.

Long Term Hair Removal Boils Down to Only Two Choices

Only electrolysis and laser hair removal give long term improvement since all the other methods do not interrupt growth of the hair follicle long enough to be considered more than temporary. So when comparing the cost of electrolysis and laser, you have to be aware that electrolysis involves many, many more treatments than laser.

For example to remove hair on the upper lip, electrolysis often requires 20-45 treatments with each visit lasting 15 minutes on the average while laser typically takes 4-8 treatments and each treatment takes less than 5 minutes.

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty and discuss what this means in regards to the cost of removing hair with laser vs. electrolysis.

Let’s break it down.

Cost Example # 1

If you multiply the cost per treatment by the number of treatments required, the costs are very close but slightly more expensive with electrolysis. So why would anyone want to make five times the amount of trips to the office with electrolysis and spend 2 or 3 times as much time with each visit rather than just zap these hairs with a laser?

Cost example #2

As another example, compare the cost of a laser brazilian which ranges between $70 and $210 over 6 to 8 treatments. This can be compared to the $55 cost per treatment with electrolysis. Now compare this to waxing. A brazilian wax needs to be done every 3 weeks for a lifetime. Even shaving every day over the course of a lifetime is more expensive considering the cost of blades alone.

It’s a no brainer!

Electrolysis is Becoming Less Popular

Electrolysis is tedious, painful, very time consuming and can lead to partial or full regrowth, scarring, and infection if done improperly. In this difficult economic environment, you don’t want to squander your hard earned money.


Don’t put it off any longer!

Do your homework on the internet to find which hair removal method is best for you. If you don’t know where you’re going any road will get you there.

If you choose laser, make sure that the facility that you choose doesn’t rent their lasers. Are they using the latest generation laser? The newest lasers are safer, more comfortable and faster.

How long has the office that you choose been performing that service? Complications and efficacy are highly correlated with experience.

Laser hair removal is a long term investment in your self confidence and self esteem.  Men don’t have to endure jokes and embarrassment any longer. Women are extremely happy with no longer having to shave every day.

Call us at 724-969-0600 to discuss your options. People really say that laser hair removal with us is an outstanding experience.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.

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