To Laser Hair Removal or Not to Laser – That is the Question

To Laser Hair Removal or Not to Laser – That is the Question

The Laser Hair Removal Dilemma  

Shakespeare could not have said it better.

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

With unwanted hair or laser and spend an outrageous fortune.

Or to take laser against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end the dreaded follicles.

As many know, “To be, or not to be” is the opening of Hamlet’s soliloquy by William Shakespeare. 

From the Middle Ages to the present day, our views toward hair have changed. With the help of modern technology, rogue body and facial hair is out. Skin is in.

Let’s look a little closer at how society’s viewpoint toward hair has recently changed.

The Evolution of Hair

To be sure, hair has little useful function anymore. It used to protect us from parasites, diseases and bugs. In our developed modern world, those problems are not so prevalent. Therefore, hair on most of our bodies is like our appendix


Hair’s symbolic mystique is gone as well. Nobody today really believes that hair contains life’s force as exemplified by Sampson. Even the ceremonial hair cut that Sumo wrestlers get when they retire is relatively insignificant in today’s modern Western world.

Why hair gets no respect:

  • Hair is the ultimate rebel.
  • Hair refuses our wishes. 
  • Hair doesn’t listen to reason. 
  • Hair grows where you don’t want it to grow. 
  • Hair disappears from places that you want it. 

It’s time to retire unwanted body hair permanently.

At Happel Laser, we have decided to declare war on unwanted body and facial hair.

As Shakespeare Asked, What’s the Alternative?

For to laser hair removal or not to laser hair removal, it boils down to the following. Your only alternatives are waxing, plucking, threading, tweezing, shaving, or electrolysis. You don’t want the hair to come back in a few weeks.

You don’t want the treatment to be never ending like with electrolysis.

Celebrities do it because they don’t want to bother with body or facial hair. In the end, it’s even cheaper than shaving if you add up all of the costs of blades over a lifetime.

Laser Hair Removal is Life Changing

For women, facial hair is a stigma in today’s society. Nothing is easier and longer lasting for unwanted facial hair than laser hair removal.

For men, it’s unwanted back and chest hair that is the biggest concern. Laser to remove back hair makes the most sense of all of the alternatives. After all, shaving back hair isn’t practical. Since it grows right back with annoying stubble when you put a shirt on, it is a temporary and annoying solution.



For teens, laser hair removal is a Godsend from the teasing, bullying and embarrassment of having hair in the wrong places. Teen years are tough enough without the social harassment of unwanted hair. Teenage girls are the most vulnerable in this regard.

There are no age restrictions and no cut off ages for teens. Laser hair removal is safe no matter what the age of the person.

Laser Hair Removal Cost

Cost of laser hair removal is important. It’s the limiting factor for many people in making their decision whether to laser or not to laser their unwanted hair.

The first thing that people ask when inquiring about laser hair removal is – how much? A very common Google search that Google auto fills when searching for laser hair removal is … How much does laser hair removal cost?  Google auto fills the most common search terms at the bottom of the search page.

The most important consideration that most people overlook is the total cost.

That’s why discussing packages becomes extremely important to cost conscious consumers (everyone).  What most people don’t consider is the financial risk of losing their prepaid package worth thousands of dollars if the laser business goes bankrupt.

Individual cost per treatment also depends on the area. The smaller the treated area the less the cost. Large areas like the legs and back are more expensive than the lip or chin.

Here’s a useful link to get a general handle on the cost of doing laser hair removal.

Bruce Springsteen just released a six-disc box set of CDs entitled “The Ties That Bind”. These binding ties are analogous to what the laser hair removal companies do in terms of their binding contracts. The only difference is that the laser franchises’ “box set” is nine, yes – nine laser hair removal treatments. There’s no option to buy less.

Research Laser Hair Removal Cost

If you research the Internet for number of treatments required to complete laser hair removal, you will commonly see a lower range of treatments than is offered in package “deals”.

So here’s the thing.  Why pay for more than you need? What if they go bankrupt like two of the three largest laser hair removal chains have already done? The answer is – you’re out of luck. There will be no refunds on prepaid laser hair removal packages worth thousands of dollars.

There, I just saved you lots of money.

It’s dispiriting to read angry reviews of American Laser Skincare and Premier Laser Spa laser hair removal clients. Do a Google search to learn what could happen to you if you buy prepaid packages and they close offices and go bankrupt. It’s as predictable as an Adam Sandler movie.

The perception of a discount by buying in bulk is always a crowd pleaser. However, let’s break it down. After close analysis, the cost per treatment with their package is actually 2-3 times more than if you have your laser hair removal treatments done at a doctor’s office.


In Shakespearian terms, removing body hair permanently – Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. 

Our practice’s goal is to permanently remove unwanted facial and body hair that “flesh is heir to”.

The cost of laser hair removal is important. We understand. That is why we don’t offer expensive and risky laser hair removal packages. 

You save money with us and get the results that you want.


Call us today at 724-969-0600 or click here and have your laser hair removal done in the safety of a private doctor’s office. We have the longest experience doing laser hair removal in Pittsburgh.

“We are such stuff

As dreams are made on” …

-William Shakespeare

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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