Dirty Little Secrets about Laser Hair Removal in Pittsburgh

Dirty Little Secrets about Laser Hair Removal in Pittsburgh

Is There Really a Doctor On-Site?

Many laser hair removal franchises in Pittsburgh mention a doctor in their ads. Like in the Wizard of Oz, don’t pull back that curtain. Just like there was no wizard, at these places there is no doctor on site!

Tennyson said, “A lie that is half truth is the darkest of all lies.” What a tangled web we weave…. when first we practice to deceive.

At the Happel Laser & Vein Centre, Dr. Happel is always on site and is available for questions, issues, or any potential problems that could arise. Getting laser hair removal is not like getting a haircut.

The laser is a medical devise so please don’t trust your treatments to an unsupervised newly hired nurse who took a 3 week laser course given by that laser franchise which advertises heavily on the radio.

The Big Unknowns About Laser Hair Removal

Since people don’t understand how a laser works, for many of us it’s a lot like a car engine. We know how to start a car but when we lift up the hood, it’s a big unknown. It’s that unknown element that is used by many places to take advantage of you.

Laser hair removal is not what many people imagine when they first consider having it done. The laser is not a magic wand. Laser should not be used in a spa or in an assembly-line franchise claiming to be a medical facility when they are not.

Laser hair removal takes multiple treatments to work. If a laser franchise requires that you sign a legal binding contract telling you that you need to buy a series of nine treatments … run away.

Many people don’t require that many treatments. So you have just wasted a lot of money. Or what if you change your mind? You are stuck paying for nine treatments. What if it doesn’t work for you because your hair color or skin color is not optimal for laser hair removal? You are stuck paying for nine treatments. What if you are paying with installments on credit because “easy” financing was available and let’s say that you lose your job or a personal financial crisis occurs. You are stuck paying for nine treatments.

Can You Believe Unbelievable Deals?

And what about those unbelievable deals offered elsewhere at these franchised laser places? Everybody loves a deal. But can you really believe that they would offer …50%-70% Off … or … Buy Two and Get One Free…or $250.00 off our current special.

My personal favorite of all time was … $5000.00 Off Laser Hair Removal! During the sales pitch at these places, they will write down a really big price and then offer a huge discount “Only If You Sign Today”. If it sounds too good to be true…

If you do your homework instead of falling for that steady barrage of radio ads, you will understand why the reviews of these franchised chains are so bad.


Avoid the common pitfalls when choosing a facility for laser hair removal.

Just type in the name of any laser hair removal company of your choice followed by the word …reviews… or read their client’s comments on the laser company’s Facebook page to learn the truth.

At Happel Laser, we will not ask you to sign any contracts or use pushy sales tactics. Just honest medical advice at a real doctor’s office that you can trust.

We have the longest experience performing laser hair removal in Pittsburgh and are located in a respected physician’s office. To learn more, call us at the Happel Laser & Vein Center at 724-969-0600.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.

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