What You Should Know About Laser Hair Removal

Mickey | General | Saturday, January 1st, 2011

In today’s world, we have a love/hate relationship with our hair. We love it when it adorns our heads and is thick and long. However, we hate it when it appears on our bodies. And so many people search for ways to rid themselves of their unwanted body hair. Ultimately, their search leads them to discover laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal has been around for over 40 years, but it’s only in the last 10 or so that it has become widely practiced by dermatologists and estheticians. When performed by a qualified practitioner, this type of treatment can be both safe and very effective. Laser hair treatments do not permanently remove hair, only electrolysis can make that claim, but the treatments easily remove hair and the hair usually doesn’t grow back with the same thickness or speed.

Laser hair removal pricing is dependent on several factors. The more experienced the practitioner, the more they will charge. But with competition rising there is more and more consistency and balanced pricing within the dermatological community than ever before. Usually laser hair removal cost will depend mostly on the amount of skin area that needs to be treated; the smaller the area, the smaller the price tag.

You should expect small areas on the face and neck to cost between $50 and $150 per treatment. Larger areas like the back or legs will run $200 to $400. Obviously, everyone’s need is different.

Most laser hair treatments are done in multiple sessions over several weeks. That means you need to multiply the individual treatment cost by the number of sessions to reach your total cost. Dermatologists usually provide a discount for complete packages of treatments and those packages usually number somewhere between 6 and 10.

Presently, laser hair removal is most effective with dark hair on lighter skin. Lasers don’t produce the same results with lighter hair or darker skin – though they still produce some results. Laser techniques are being developed however to improve the effectiveness on different hair and skin types.

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