Laser Hair Removal and Its Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts

Laser Hair Removal and Its Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts

Go to a Reputable Doctor’s Office for Laser Hair Removal

Lesson #1  Don’t go to a laser hair removal SPA or a medi SPA or any place with the word SPA in their name. Thirty five states in this country categorize laser hair removal as a medical procedure. Laser is not like having a spray tan or a pedicure or having your nails done.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong when a laser is used in the wrong hands. When laser hair removal is done outside of a medical office without any direct physician supervision, bad things like burns, hypo or hyper pigmentation and scars can result.

How much experience does that person who is using that laser actually have? 

If they learned after a couple of weeks at a course given by that spa and they are a franchise, be careful. Safety as well as cost and convenience must be at the top of your list of priorities when choosing a laser hair removal medical office.

Research, Research, Research

Lesson #2  Do your research and be cautious of the place where you finally choose to have your laser treatments done. WARNING… Before trusting thousands of dollars and signing a contract from which you can never get a refund, do your homework.

Go to the internet and find all about that company, its prices, and its policies and how they handle people who are unhappy with their results.

Don’t just go to the place that you hear about on the radio every day who promise fantastic deals and lots of free treatments.

Don’t Tan Around the Time When You Have Laser

Lesson #3  Don’t sunbathe or tan around the time of your treatments. Laser hair removal isn’t a walk in the park for most people. If you tan around the time of your treatments, you increase the risk of a burn or hypopigmentation.

The laser light is attracted to dark objects like your hair. But the laser cannot distinguish tan skin from dark hair. Ideally you should have your laser hair removal when your skin is light in color to optimize your results.

Look for the Best Price 

Lesson #4  Do try to find the best price before you sign a long term contract. The three big chain franchises promise lots of free treatments and deals and discounts but these are false promises.

They raise the price significantly on the non discounted services and tell you that they will throw other body areas in for free. This is a sneaky sales tactic.

When you break it all down the big 3 chains are by far the most expensive places to get laser hair removal in all of Pittsburgh. Again research what others have said on the internet. There is no free lunch.

Remember, the final price you pay includes all of their expensive radio commercials that you hear all the time.

Beware of the Do It Yourself Home Kits

Lesson #5  Don’t do home laser hair removal.

Just read the reviews.

These systems are expensive and 333 people on Amazon rated the No No home with just one star.

Most stated that it just didn’t work. recommends that if you decide to try a home hair removal device, a doctor should supervise it because of serious injury that can occur when you don’t really know what you are doing.


Trust your skin to the most experienced professionals in Pittsburgh.  Have you laser hair removal done at the Happel Laser & Vein Centre to get the best results at the best price. Call us at 724-969-0600 to learn more.

Always remember, if at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving. Try us first.

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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