How Much Does Electrolysis Cost

Electrolysis is the only hair removal treatment that is approved by the FDA. It is permanent and will work with any skin type, hair, and tone. Because of this, many are wondering how much does electrolysis cost and what its benefits are.

Cost Of Hair Removal Treatment

The average cost of electrolysis per session would be around $30 to $200 per treatment. However, some areas of the body need several sessions to be completed, so expect to spend a significant amount for parts with more hair density.

Based on the area where you want the hair to be removed, here is the average cost that you may have to spend:

  • If you want to get rid of the hair in your lip and chin area, you will need to budget around $150 to $300.
  • The upper lip area will cost as much as the chin area.
  • If you want to have your back hair removed, you need to have a budget of around $4,500 to $10,000 for the procedure.
  • Removing the hair on your legs would set you back around $4,500 to $10,000.
  • If you only want to remove the hair on your bikini line, the cost would be less at around $900 to $2,000.
  • For the leg area, you would usually have to spend around $4,500 to $10,000.
  • You can also remove parts of your hair from your eyebrows. This typically costs between $100 and $150.

Additional Costs

Electrolysis is a hair removal technique that uses electricity to damage the hair follicle to prevent hair from growing. You can remove the hair on your eyebrows, your face, back, chest, arms, or legs.

The setback is that, undergoing electrolysis hair removal can be painful and will take several sessions before the hair will be totally removed. Because of this, you would need to factor in the additional cost of pain relievers as part of aftercare.

Pain relievers can generally be purchased over the counter. For example, Advil Ibuprofen 200 mg tablets in a 200-piece pack will cost you $21. On the other hand, Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets, 500 mg, 225-count cost only $15.

Also, after the treatment, your skin will experience redness, swelling, tiny blisters, and dryness. That is why you need to take extra care of your skin after the treatment or after every session.

Make sure that you use fragrance-free and menthol-free aloe gel to moisturize your skin. An Aloe Vera Gel from Organic Cold Pressed Aloe, 8 fl. oz. costs $18 while Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel, 24 oz., 2 pcs., will only cost you $18.50.

You may also need to replace your regular shave after the treatment as it will damage your skin. You can use an electric foil razor, such as the Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 9100 with laser guide, which only costs $88.

There is also the Braun Series 7 7880cc Electric Razor for Men, which costs around $200, as well as the Wahl Color Pro Complete Hair Cutting Kit For Men, which costs around $34.

When your treatment is near completion, you will notice that weakened hairs are turning into ingrown hairs and you will need a gentle exfoliant to release them. You can buy the PFB Vanish + Chromabright 93G 4oz for only $29.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Electrolysis

The price of electrolysis differs based on several factors, which are briefly discussed below.

  • How much hair needs to be removed?

The amount of hair that needs to be removed will be one of the major considerations for the cost you have to pay. Darker, coarser, and thicker hair would definitely be charged higher than usual.

  • Body part

The amount of hair to be removed depends on the area of the body and its size. As mentioned above, the more hair on a part of the body that needs to be serviced, the higher the cost.

Also, sensitivity and accessibility play a crucial role in pricing. If it is a flat area, then removal can be easy, therefore cheaper, compared to an area where the electrolysis equipment can be harder to maneuver.

  • Facility / Provider

The provider’s experience, expertise, and reputation will contribute so much to the cost of the service. Also, these facilities will be charged differently based on different schemes.

There are other clinics that will determine the price based on the thickness of your hair, how much hair you have in that specific area, and the size of the area itself from where your hair needs to be removed.

  • Prior service

You might consider undergoing cheaper hair removal first, such as laser hair removal, if you have thick, coarser hair. This reduces the cost when you finally go for electrolysis since your hair density will be significantly reduced.

  • Location

The electrolysis price will also depend on the state or city where you are located or where you are availing of the service. This, of course, takes into consideration the cost of living and the cost of doing business.

How To Save On The Cost of Electrolysis

The cost of the service can be very expensive for some people. So it is understandable to prefer something cheaper, or at least search for something where you can get the value for the money you pay. This is why you should be careful when selecting the service provider.

Choosing a licensed and certified professional is the first order of business. This will ensure that the procedure done to your skin is up to the DFA standard and that they know what they are doing.

The second is to always abide by your electrolysis hair removal appointment. If you don’t show up on time or if you don’t show up at all, some clinics will charge a “no-show” fee, and you don’t want that to happen.

Your next step is to follow every posttreatment instruction. If you follow what your electrologist tells you, your skin will heal quicker and better. You won’t have to pay for another treatment on your damaged skin.

You don’t want to go to your sessions with dry skin and damaged follicles either. This will slow down the procedure and may give you more time inside the clinic. 

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