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Laser hair removal vs. waxing and other methods

Posted by Jessica Hoffman on December 16, 2008

I was interested in finding statistics regarding laser hair removal. It seems to be a growing interest in our practice. I have always been a fan and patients seem to love it, but it seems with the latest technology, what used to take many, many treatments, is becoming fewer and fewer- which means less out-of-pocket expense, as well as quick results. I found the article below- It seems the folks at American Laser Centers did some serious research and posted their results-  The results were very revealing and even though I see patients everyday- and the results, when I looked at these numbers I wondered why anyone would bother with anything else!!

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Survey respondents reported they will spend more than 58.4 days removing hair from their bodies during their lifetime.  The survey also revealed that women remove unwanted body hair for an average period of 53.6 years using methods including shaving, waxing and depilatory creams.

While women report a small monthly spend on shaving, $15.87 per month, the
lifetime investment for females who shave adds up to $10,207.

Delapidory cream- or lotion-users are paying slightly more than those who shave for their hair removal, $10,555 through their lifetime, yet they only remove hair one to two times per month.

Waxing is by far the most expensive form of hair removal.  While respondents reported waxing only one to two times per month, women who wax will spend an average of $23,000 on hair removal in a lifetime.

American Laser Centers conducted the hair removal study to determine the cost savings benefit of laser hair removal verses a lifetime of shaving or waxing.  On average, women can save $7,000 by receiving laser hair removal on the areas of the body they typically shave.  When compared to a lifetime of waxing, women can save $20,000 by receiving laser hair removal on the areas of the body they usually wax.

“As people are more time crunched than ever, laser hair removal has evolved into a lifestyle decision for our clients,” said American Laser Centers Corporate Medical Director Dr. David Turok.  “Like Lasik surgery for contact and glasses wearers, laser hair removal is a decision to free yourself from one of the most mundane processes in your life — hair removal.  When performed by American Laser Centers trained professionals, laser hair removal is safe, effective and painless.”

In addition, laser hair removal is a procedure that will help conserve water.  Fifty-two percent of women surveyed reported shaving with the water running the entire time.  Women surveyed reported an average shaving time of 10.9 minutes and an average of shaving 12 times per month.  With the average shower using five gallons of water per minute, this means the average woman will use 7,848 gallons each year and a total of 420,652 gallons of water shaving throughout their lifetime, nearly enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.  Only 2 percent of women shavers do not use water when shaving.

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2 Responses to “Laser hair removal vs. waxing and other methods”

  1. As above stated report of different way to removal of hair with yearly and life time cost, It is proven that among the all method of hair removal, permanent laser removal is best with consideration of cost, services and facilities before and after treatment, and most effectiveness solution to men and women.

  2. drbg said

    Thank you for your comments. I started years ago with the first generation of laser hair hair removal using India ink dye rubbed into the hair follicles to attract the laser energy into the follicle to literally “blast” the hair. We have come a
    long way since then, and we can offer much better and predictable results with the current technology. Dr. Genter

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