Electrolysis is a hair removal technique that involves applying an electric current, using a very fine needle-shaped electrode, to destroy the root in each individual hair follicle. Currently, electrolysis is the only method for permanent hair removal that is approved by the FDA. Though permanent hair removal using electrolysis is not 100% guaranteed for everyone, the best possible results can usually be attained after undergoing multiple sessions.
When considering whether electrolysis is right for you, one of the things to think about is how much the procedure will cost. Since multiple sessions are required before you will be able to see noticeable results, this can really start to add up. Here is a look at some of the things that can affect the average costs of different types of electrolysis procedures.
How much does one session cost?
This will depend on the length of the session and the exact pricing of the clinic you go to. But you can expect the average cost of one 30-minute session of electrolysis to be about $45.
How many treatments are needed?
Even though you can get a good average based on previous procedures, it is impossible for your electrologist to tell you exactly how many electrolysis treatments you will need before your series is complete. How much hair is being treated, methods that were used to try to hide the hair before, genetics, hormones, and overall health are all factors that will help to determine how many treatments or sessions will be required.
For the best results, it is wise to follow the recommended plan by your electrologist. This means that for areas that have been waxed or tweezed in the past, you will need to have more frequent appointments. But for areas that have only been shaved, your appointments can be a little more spread out. If you follow the recommended treatment plan, treatment will likely be completed within 18 months.
Which area is being treated?
The location of unwanted hair will also influence how long the treatments will take and how effective they will be. For a woman receiving electrolysis on her bikini area, you can expect to need anywhere from 20 to 30 treatment sessions before you are able to see results.
How much hair is being removed?
For a female wanting electrolysis in her bikini area, the cost will also depend on how much hair is present at the site and how fine or thick the hair grows. For a woman with hair that is limited only to the bikini area, you might spend around $600 by the time your sessions are complete. However, if the hair spreads into the thighs, you may need more treatments, which could more than double the cost.
Where are you getting the procedure?
The location of the clinic can also influence the cost. It is typical for bigger cities to charge more for electrolysis, while smaller towns will generally have lower prices for this procedure.