Laser Hair Removal Med Spa vs. Doctor’s Office – Happel Laser

Laser Hair Removal Med Spa vs. Doctor’s Office – Happel Laser

Why Are We Okay with Having Laser Hair Removal in Med Spas? 

A priest, a rabbi, a lawyer and a doctor walk into a med spa. The receptionist looks up and says, “What is this, a joke?”

Having a medical service like a laser treatment outside of a hospital or doctor’s office in a pseudo medical facility is no joke. Serious complications occur every day in med spas and laser offices where no laser treatments should ever be performed.

spa treatmentUnfortunately, random spas can perform laser treatments legally. Their success just proves that advertising works. These places are businesses and not medical practices. They are organizations that are sophisticated enough to be envied by an operations analyst at McDonald’s. They are the epitome of capitalism. There are no holds barred on the very best advertising and marketing that money can buy.

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No doctor is in sight for your laser treatment. No doctor is even in the building. Is that what you want?

The laser is a medical tool. It can be used for cosmetic purposes.

Cosmetic procedures like laser hair removal are aggressively marketed. The number of cosmetic procedures is on the rise. Safety is often overlooked. It is out of control.

Do you know what corn stalks and people looking for good laser hair removal advice have in common?

They’re all ears.

You need to be all ears and vigilant. You need to sift the wheat from the chaff of all of the claims made by operators of laser hair removal chains.

Unrealistic promises and the offer of financial incentives are common. That includes the financing of these medical procedures. Does that even sound right?  It has become the new norm.

Let me state the obvious. Purchasing medical services with coupons is not a good idea. Online coupon companies are pushing laser hair removal deals hard. Read more about Groupon for laser hair removal. Med spas are notorious for offering Groupon laser hair removal.

Med spas and laser chains usually operate and prosper by marketing discounts like retail stores. Like a business. 

Medical care is not a commodity. Be sure you have based your decision on the credentials and experience of the practitioner, not on just on price alone. Be careful of laser places that offer you something free or that uses the word, guarantee, when discussing a medical treatment.

Do You Really Need a Doctor for Laser Hair Removal?

The answer is unequivocally, yes!

There are risks of laser hair removal that you must be aware of when choosing a laser hair removal office.

Who better than a doctor has the knowledge that you need to guide you through medical procedures like laser treatments? A qualified medical doctor can provide you with the appropriate laser care that you need to get optimal results. 

Doctors do have this knowledge.

DoctorMake sure that the doctor is qualified and trained in lasers. Surgeons are qualified laser experts. They have acquired the training to use lasers during their surgical residency.

Be very careful. Many med spas only use a doctor in the roll of a medical director.

That allows a laser chain or spa legally to purchase the laser equipment. A physician must sign the bill of sale to purchase a laser.  However, these phantom doctors do not actually oversee your treatment or review your health history.

Be certain that a qualified surgeon or doctor is onsite and in the office at the time of your treatment. Just like any other type of medical care, emergencies can occur. Make sure that a properly trained doctor has reviewed your medical health history.

They need to look at your medication history, allergies, and social history to ensure that you have a successful and safe treatment. Some medicines cause a light sensitivity. They are contraindicated with laser hair removal treatment.

Medical conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome need to be diagnosed and treated medically by a physician before laser hair removal is even begun.

Experience of Laser Doctors

Doctors have true perspective. They have had experience prescribing laser treatments to many people and observing the effects over prolonged periods. Through experience, doctors find out what laser treatment settings work and discover what doesn’t depending on your skin type and hair color.

Our laser medical experience and expertise encompasses not just that of one doctor but of thousands of doctors. This knowledge comes from an accumulation of many physicians’ experience using lasers and practicing across the country over decades. It incorporates years of expertise and experience.

Finally, if you had a complication like a burn or a scar from laser hair removal done at a laser chain or random medi spa, where would you go for help?

To a doctor. That’s right.

The point is, start your laser hair removal treatments in the safety of a doctor’s office.

Who better than a doctor has the knowledge that you need to guide you through medical procedures like laser?

  • You need a place that is dependable and safe.
  • You need to choose the safety of a doctor’s office that has been performing laser hair removal for over seventeen years.
  • You need to increase your chances of getting a safe and effective treatment.

Doctors combine the information from journals and other sources of education with real world experience.

Laser Hair Removal Med Spa vs. Doctor: The Nitty Gritty Down and Dirty Truth

 Assumptions can be dangerous to your health. Sometimes things can get confusing.

Here is an example.

A grasshopper hops into a bar. The bartender says, “You’re quite a celebrity around here. We’ve even got a drink named after you.” The grasshopper says, “You’ve got a drink named Steve?”

The following is another example of a false assumption that is common in the medical field. Opportunistic ear nose and throat doctors and cosmetic surgeons are overstepping their training. These physicians are doing plastic surgery procedures in which they were never trained. It is not illegal to call yourself a cosmetic surgeon and have no surgical training at all. Some people say,

 “I thought a doctor is a doctor”?

That kind of thinking is dangerous to your health. Sometimes common sense is not so common.

Likewise, doctors who have never trained in lasers are supervising laser procedures. That’s not right either.

Ethics of Med Spas and Laser Chains vs. Doctors

Ethics in places where profit is the prime motivating directive is an issue. Some places lower the energy on the laser, which may provide a less painful treatment. You like that. However, it will require you to pay more because you have to come in more often. You won’t like that.

To be completely fair, there are also entrepreneurial doctors. However, in medical school, doctors aren’t trained in marketing or sales. However, doctors don’t have their practices listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

But laser chain CEOs never took a course on medical ethics. The scale shifts towards having laser hair removal in a reputable, well established, and respected doctor’s office.

Read this article on what you should know first before considering laser hair removal.


Great. We get it. Laser hair removal done in a doctor’s office is better.

However, what if you can get your laser hair removal done at a true medical facility (a doctor’s office) and it costs you less than at a random spa or laser chain? 

Believe it or not, laser hair removal is a medical treatment. Health care is different.

You need a foolproof method of choosing the best medical place for hair removal. Please remember that lasers are medical devices.

At Happel Laser, we believe in transparency. That means truth. You need someone you can trust like a respected physician. Not a place that could fold up their tent like American Laser Center Skincare did leaving thousands of laser hair removal customers in the lurch.

At Happel Laser, there are no salespeople to push you into spending more money than you should buying expensive packages. You save money.

Why would anyone pay more? We strongly recommend that you have your laser hair removal done in a medical facility. It will not only be safer and more effective, but it will also save you money.

Give it a try!

Happel Laser is the the best place to have laser hair removal in Pittsburgh. As Steven Wright said, “we have an inferiority complex. But it’s not a very good one.”  

Call us at 724-969-0600 or contact us here to learn more.

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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