How much does laser hair removal cost?
This is one of those “how long is a piece of string?” questions – answer being, it depends and can vary a lot!
The market for laser hair removal has changed a lot over the last few decades and, like many industries and realms of life, changed even more rapidly in more recent years due to the internet and social media.
A bit of background
A quarter of a century ago or more, laser hair removal was a service that the average consumer would probably not have heard of or known about. The rich and famous were most likely the only people who were lucky enough to be able to reap the benefits of this amazing treatment.
Sometime later, treatments were more widely available but still confined to medic-led environments resulting in treatments that only the most affluent in society could afford.
Fast forward to today and there is a plethora of providers, all at different price points in the market. The high end of the market still very much exists – characterised by clinics in more premium or affluent locations, usually offering a suite of more invasive and medical treatments.
The rise of global laser clinic chains
However, now there is also a new lower end of the market in terms of price. This end of the market is varied but the main recent and notable change is the rise of huge chains of laser clinics. These businesses use good technology but rely on a very high volume of business to remain profitable. Laser hair removal is also often a loss-leader for these businesses – they attract clientele through low prices on laser hair removal in order to increase the opportunity to sell these clients other more expensive/profitable products or treatments.
Should I go for the cheapest laser hair removal I can find?
Large laser clinic chains can offer treatment at extremely low prices. Whilst there is some benefit in this – it makes laser hair removal affordable for even more people, there are some downsides to be aware of.
First, the lowest prices are only available if you bulk buy treatments. Second, sometimes these clinics would rather carry out more treatments at generic, highly cautious settings than being more specific and tailored in the clinical approach. This could mean that one client could have 6 treatments at a clinic with a more personal approach and reach a satisfactory end point. Another client visiting one of the large chains offering extremely low prices may need 10 or 12 treatments to reach the same end point. In the end, the amount spent by the two clients may be more similar than expected.
In addition, these types of businesses tend to have less satisfied employees due to long hours and high intensity of work. This can lead to high staff turnover meaning you may be treated by a number of different people.
Mimi Laser Clinics was established over ten years ago with the goal of being affordable to most people who were regularly having other methods of hair removal – but crucially offering a personal and tailored service. We now sit somewhere in the middle of the market. For over ten years, we have maintained an average 5-star Google ranking which comes from taking care of our clients, making them feel comfortable, being honest about the results we expect for them at the outset and delivering excellent results.
Ultimately, the clinic that you choose for laser hair removal is a very personal choice. Price and affordability certainly are an important factor to consider but should be weighed up alongside many other factors.