Search thousands of topics on

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Dermatology & Skin Care > Electrolysis

Electrolysis Cost

How Much Does Electrolysis Cost?

 average costAverage: $30-$100 Per Session  
post E-mail post Post  

Electrolysis involves the application of an electrical current to each hair follicle to remove unwanted hair. It differs from laser hair removal in that it is more permanent, it targets each hair individually instead of targeting a group of hairs at once, and it works equally well on all colors of hair, while laser removal works better on dark hair.

Typical costs:

  • Electrolysis typically costs $30-$100 or more per session, depending on the length of the session. For example, Esther's Skin Care and Electrolysis[1] in Chicago charges $30 for a 15-minute session, $48 for a half hour and $88 for an hour. NIOS Permanent Hair Removal Center[2] in New York City charges $45 for a 15-minute session, $72 for half an hour and $110 for an hour.
  • The length of time required for each session depends on the individual, the size of the area being treated and the number of unwanted hairs in the area; during an initial consultation, an electrologist typically can provide an estimate on the time required for each session and the number of treatments needed. At, the average total price patients reported paying for electrolysis was $1,189.
  • Electrolysis is considered a cosmetic procedure, so it typically is not covered by health insurance.
Related articles: Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion, Botox Treatments

What should be included:
  • During the treatment, the electrologist typically will first apply a local anesthetic. Then, using a handheld device connected to an electrolysis machine, the electrologist will insert a fine needle into the hair follicle and apply a current that permanently destroys the cells that cause hair growth. The patient might experience mild redness at the site, but can resume normal activity right away.
  • The patient typically will return weekly for two weeks for additional treatments until the process is complete. After that, the treated hairs never grow back.
  •[3] provides an overview of electrolysis.
  • Electrolysis can be used on almost any area on the body. Areas often treated with electrolysis include eyebrows, cheeks, upper lip, chin, arms, chest, back and legs.
Additional costs:
  • Patients typically must wear sunscreen after treatment. Sunscreen typically costs $7 to $40 per bottle or tube at[4] .
  • A topical antibiotic[5] typically costs about $17.
  • Many providers offer a per-session discount with the purchase of a package of sessions. For example, NIOS Permanent Hair Removal Center[6] offers a 10% discount with the purchase of 10 or more electrolysis sessions.
Shopping for electrolysis:
  • Regulation of electrolysis varies by state, so it is important for consumers to check the rules of their state and verify that any electrologist they are considering meets any state licensing or certification requirements. Also, it is crucial to make sure the electrologist has completed training at an accredited electrology school, according to[7] and to ask how long he or she has been practicing. It is also a good idea to ask to see before-and-after photos of previous clients. It also is important to make sure the practitioner performs needle electrolysis and not another technique, such as using electric tweezers, which are sometimes incorrectly lumped in with electrolysis but are not a proven method of permanent hair removal.
  • The American Electrology Association[8] offers an electrologist finder by state.
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration[9] risks of electrolysis include infection and scarring.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News

10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

And the Best Bacon Is...
This little piggy went to market.After that, Consumer Reports bought samples and tasted to determine which little piggy offered the best bacon.Top honors go to Costco, it turns out. || Posted October 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts

What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


Comment On Your Experience With Electrolysis
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Length of Session: Number of Sessions: 
Medical Center:   
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.

External Resources:
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Do Dentures Cost? How Much Does a Knee Brace Cost? How Much Does an Emergency Room Visit Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on

Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Sliced finger opened
Paid: 400.00
So a coworker sliced his finger opened whilst he was cutting veggies... [more]
Emergency Room Visit Cost
2013 VW Tiguan Panoramic Sunroof
Paid: 0.00
I got my Tiguan as a trade in on my diesel VW Jetta. One of the few times I had purchased an extended warranty.My panoramic sunroof was "eaten" by the mechanic/motor... [more]
Sunroof Cost
Coating Basement Walls With Waterproof Coating
Paid: 580.00
We applied a water based epoxy coating Hydro-Seal 75 to our basement walls and came out 1 foot on the floor in our basement, 750 square feet total for $580, 58$ per gallon... [more]
Basement Waterproofing Cost
Cinderella carriage
Paid: 1000.00
Looking for Cinderella carriage... [more]
Horse and Carriage Rental Cost
Tire Patch
Paid: 27.00
Guy was really nice, but $27 seems like a bit. I wish I was strong enough to do it myself for $3... [more]
-College Towns are Expensive
Flat Tire Repair Cost
Dream Baby Shower
Paid: 3000.00
Venue: 5hrs with server and Tap bar4 course meal, desert table, lighting, cloth napkins and centerpiece all for $2000Cake and cake pops: $240Additional decorations for dessert table: balloons, wooden ornaments and frames $600Prizes for baby... [more]
Baby Shower Cost