My consultation at the hair removal place went very well so I bought the packages I wanted. For $900 total, I will have six sessions each of IPL for bikini and underarm.
Yes, that is a phenomenal price. My initial estimates put the cost at more than three times that.
One of the reasons this place has such lower prices is that they're using a slightly older machine. The Alexandrite machine is the newest machine but the results aren't that much better (for me, anyway) than IPL. But spas that have purchased newer machines are still trying to recoup the cost so they charge much higher prices. The IPL machines work just fine on me, and the spa has been in business for many years so they're not as concerned about making back what they just spent on some fancy machine.
I like the spa--it's convenient, clean, nice, and the technician was very knowledgeable. We set up my first appointment for about a week from now (I was, um, unprepared at the consultation, since I figured they wouldn't have time to do me then). One thing I forgot to take into consideration was tips, so I'll have to figure out a rate per visit and add that amount to the fund. Touch-up sessions after the initial six visits are $10 per minute, and run an average of $100 per year for two or three years before most people have enough hair loss that they quit coming in.
So, all told, the six rounds plus touch-ups plus tips will run me, total, less than $1,500, and I was originally expecting $2,000 to be the base, plus touch-ups and tips. And now that I've purchased the package and scheduled my first appointment, I'll be done with the series by bikini season 2010. I'm thrilled!