Many people interested in pursuing options for permanent hair removal are deterred by the simple question, “how much does electrolysis hair removal cost?” Although electrolysis is more expensive than other forms of hair removal, such as shaving and depilatory creams, it may be a wise decision in the long-term. Because electrolysis is a permanent solution to unwanted hair, the cost of several electrolysis sessions could even out to equal the cost of buying razors, shaving cream, or waxing over the years. Although electrolysis has been around for over a century, it never had serious competition that could motivate practitioners to cut prices- until now. As laser hair technology, introduced for long-term hair reduction in the 1990s, becomes increasingly popular for people who want to remove large areas of hair with minimal discomfort, electrolysis finally has a serious competitor.
In comparison with laser hair removal, the cost of electrolysis is shockingly low. For example, a typical price for the removal of upper lip hair via electrolysis is $150 or less, depending on the time required for the procedure. Some electrolysis providers charger by increments of time, and so if the procedure took less than an hour it could hypothetically run as low as $50 a session. Both electrolysis and laser hair removal require multiple sessions to see optimal results, with a full course of treatment taking up to several years. For the sake of minimizing variation, we will make our cost comparison on a per-session basis. A typical session of laser hair treatment averages around $400, again with potential for cheaper and more expensive options depending on your region. Keep in mind that laser hair removal affects a larger area than electrolysis in a given amount of time, so while an electrolysis session for the upper lip would cost from $50 to $150, a laser hair removal session for $400 could cover a much larger area, such as the forearms or the entire face.
One warning for consumers interested in electrolysis is not to confuse the electric tweezer with electrolysis. Currently, electrolysis is the only effective method of permanent hair removal recognized by the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association. In some states, the electric tweezer is expressly forbidden from claiming it provides permanent hair removal, which manufacturers would like to claim to compete with electrolysis. For the assurance of permanent hair removal, it is best to go to a licensed practitioner.
The cost of electrolysis, when calculated by the hour, can range from $25 to $150 depending on your region. A flat average rate per hour is impossible to estimate, and would also be misleading if given as a standard rate, because the time involved in performing the procedure on one area of the body can vary drastically from the time required for another area of the body. This is due to variance in hair textures, growth cycles, and hormonal factors. Keeping these factors in mind, the best way to find the cost of electrolysis hair removal is to schedule a consultation with a licensed, experienced practitioner in your area.