Laser hair removal for men is growing in popularity. More and more men try manscaping or wish to remove body hair. There may be plenty of reasons why they do so. While there are plenty of hair removal options, it is laser hair removal that they choose. So one question that they ask rather often is what is the cost of laser hair removal for men.
How does laser hair removal work
Laser hair removal is a long-term hair growth reduction method that can remove up to 90% off all body hair. Although it does not qualify as a permanent hair removal method, a lot of patients do experience permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal for men follows the same process as laser hair removal for women.
Laser hair removal relies on selective photothermolysis. It is the principle that allows lasers to be used to target a specific area/problem in the skin with minimal or no disruption to the surrounding normal skin. In the context of laser hair removal for men, the target is the hair follicle.
During a laser hair removal session, the laser emits light energy that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. Then, the energy goes to the hair follicle where it turns into thermal energy. The heat will damage the hair follicle so that it does not produce any new hair, thus stopping hair growth.
Laser hair removal works when the hair is in the anagen phase of growth as it is the only time the hair and follicle connect. Any other time, the energy is unable to make it to the follicle. Unfortunately, only 20% of all body hair is in the anagen phase of growth at any point in time. This explains why patients need multiple sessions.
Each laser hair removal session will effectively treat up to 20% of the hair on the targeted area. Sessions are six weeks apart so that another 20% off hair can be treated. That timeframe also allows the skin to recover and regenerate after the treatment.
Factors affecting the cost of laser hair removal
The cost of laser hair removal for men will vary with each individual and treatment. Below are the most common factors affecting the price of a treatment.
The size of the area
The size of the area will have an impact on the cost of laser hair removal for men. The smaller the area, the less energy and time required. On the other hand, the larger the area, the more time technicians will need to complete the treatment. Some areas will need more time to complete because they are more difficult to reach. You can find our area size guide here.
The number of areas
A lot of patients decide to treat multiple areas at once. This will also influence the cost of laser hair removal for men. While we do offer packages combining multiple areas, the more areas the higher the cost. This is because more areas require more time to complete. Patients should know that treating many areas at once will save them more time than if they were to do each area individually.
Your hormone levels
The hair growth cycle is mostly regulated by hormones. Hormones will trigger hair growth. The higher your hormone levels, the stronger your hair growth will be. High hormone levels may interfere with the treatment and make it last longer. As more sessions will be required, the cost will rise too. Treating hormonal areas like the face or the Brazilian will also require more sessions since the hair will take longer to treat.
Your skin tone and hair color
Laser hair removal works on all skin types and hair color. However, due to the lack of hair to skin contrast offered by dark hair on dark skin or fair hair on fair skin, treatments may require additional sessions. It is indeed more difficult for the laser to pick up the hair. Even with ND:YAG and diode lasers, it remains more difficult to treat people with dark skin or fair hair.
How many sessions will you need?
The number of sessions you will need as part of your treatments is one of the factors that can impact the cost of laser hair removal for men. How many sessions you will need will vary on other factors that are specific to each individual.
If you have blonde hair and light skin or dark skin and dark hair, you will need more sessions to achieve satisfactory results. As mentioned above, both cases are tricker to treat. How coarse and thick your hair is will also affect the efficiency and length of the treatment. Should you have been waxing for years before, the hair growth reduction process will have already started and you will thus need less sessions
If you wish to treat a hormonal area such as the mankini or the face, you will need more sessions. While the average treatment for a non-hormonal area is six to eight sessions, it is ten to twelve sessions for a hormonal area. This is again because hormones trigger hair growth.
Your very own hair growth cycle will also play its part. It is possible that some hair is never in the right stage of growth to be treated, even after your initial six sessions. Thus, you will need additional sessions to treat the leftover hair. On average, most patients need between eight and ten sessions for non-hormonal areas.
The benefits of laser hair removal for men
Laser hair removal is a long-term hair growth reduction method. It will reduce hair growth by up to 90%. A lot of patients will experience permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal for men is the best option as it is cost-effective, painless, fast and long-lasting.
Sessions will last from ten minutes up to two hours depending on the size of the areas and how many you decide to treat at once. However, it remains a very quick treatment that also is not painful. While the sensation of pinching can be unpleasant, it is very tolerable, especially if compared to waxing.
Speaking of, in the long-term, waxing will have cost you $60,000. This is the estimated cost of going for a wax each month for 50 years. Laser hair removal is a one-year treatment and an upfront investment. However, once the treatment is over, you will not have to pay anymore money into hair removal. You may require a touch up session now and then but the cost will still remain lower than any other method.
Compared to other hair removal methods, laser hair removal is the only option providing long-term results. After all, the main point is to be rid of your hair so that you do not have to worry about it ever again.
How to save money on laser treatments?
Laser hair removal may seem like a significant upfront investment. However, in the long-term, it becomes cheaper than waxing or even shaving. The trick is to know how to combine areas to save big on your treatment.
Never buy individual sessions, except if it is a touch up. Packages will always be more cost-effective. The more sessions you buy at once, the cheaper. Most packages at Infinity Laser Spa include six or eight sessions. Buying sessions for multiple areas at once will not only save you money but also time.
For example, let’s say you decide to treat your lower legs now. You may decide to treat your knees and upper legs too later. While individually, lower and upper legs both need up to 30 minutes, done together in a session, they will require up to 45 minutes.
At Infinity Laser Spa, we offer packages for single areas as well as packages for multiple areas. Those options make laser hair removal more affordable. We also run seasonal sales and apply discounts on our packages. Keep an eye out for those as they will help you save even more money on your laser treatment!
We also offer payment plans both on our website and in-store. For example, should you decide to buy a laser hair removal package on our website, you can pay in four installments with Quadpay or six installments with Splitit. Those financing options will make it easier for patients to buy packages.