What holds most people back from getting laser hair removal done is the cost associated with the treatment. In this blog we’ll delve into the benefits and costs of laser hair removal and compare it to another popular depilation option: waxing/sugaring. For the purpose of this article we will consider the long term costs associated with each method.

How laser hair removal works

You’ll require a series of about 8 sessions spaced every 4 to 6 weeks. Once that is done, you visit the clinic for laser touch up sessions about twice a year. The added benefit of laser hair removal is that your hair will become finer and sparser whereas with waxing it grows back every 2 to 3 weeks and remains the same thickness and density. Some people do report waxing helps hair become finer but not at the same degree that laser does.

Waxing vs. Laser Hair Removal

Let’s use the Brazilian area as an example.

Average cost to wax $50
Average cost to laser $150

Assuming you only need to wax once a month, we’ll go ahead and multiply the cost of waxing for 20 years:

Cost of waxing per year: $50×12months= $600
Cost of waxing for 20 years: $600x 20 (years) = $12,000

Now let’s compare that with laser by multiplying the price of a treatment by 8 (6-8 sessions are optimal for best results). Then we will multiply 2 maintenance sessions per year for 19 years. We’ll use 19 years because the first year was spent doing the initial 8 sessions.

Cost of 8 sessions: $150×8= $1200
Cost of 2 sessions per year: $150×2= $300
Cost of 2 session for 19 years: $300×19= $5700

Let’s add the cost of the first 8 sessions and the cost of two touch up sessions per year for 19 years: $1200+$5700=$6900.

As you can see over a span of 20 years, laser hair removal truly is the better investment. Not only will you spend almost 50% less money, but you’ll have the added benefit of finer sparser hair that grows extremely slow so you don’t have to constantly worry about it growing back. Stubble, ingrown hair and dark shadows caused by hair under the skin will be a thing of the past and trips to the clinic won’t be as often. Come see for yourself why laser hair removal in our Ottawa clinic is the best option for you!