Laser Hair Removal Scams: How Do You Avoid Them?

Laser Hair Removal Scams: How Do You Avoid Them?

How to Avoid Being Cheated When Buying Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Laser hair removal scams are being perpetrated by untrustworthy laser centers that will push you to buy a package of treatments.

These laser hair removal contracts tie you into a purchasing a number of them (often nine treatments).

The contract that you sign is legally binding.

Signing laser hair removal contracts is a big gamble.

It is a variation of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Here’s. How. It. Works.

First, they front-load a number of laser hair removal treatments (usually nine)  into a “deal”.

The originally price is ridiculously high on purpose.

After the original price is written down, the massive discounting begins.

If you sign that day, they also promise a huge discount, which they tell you will expire at the end of the day.


If you don’t sign that day, you will hear from them with more deals through lots of emails and repeated phone calls.

It’s at that point that you are offered the “hot new discount”.

Other body parts that you were originally not considering having lasered are offered and thrown in “at no additional cost” to sweeten the deal.

These laser hair removal so-called deals are generated in order to deceive the buyer or consumer into believing that they are saving money by purchasing in bulk.

Sort of like Costco or Sam’s Club.

Except you just get the bulk price.

You Must Compare Apples with Apples When Considering the Total Cost

In reality, if you could compare the cost per treatment with a reputable doctor’s office, which charges per treatment, you are paying two to three times what the doctor would charge.

Read what people have said about the difference in price in Google Reviews.

It is simply price gouging aimed at naïve consumers who do not take the time or effort to research their other options.

They are hoping that you will sign on impulse.

Impulse buying is the same strategy used by grocery and convenience stores to sell chewing gum, magazines, and candy while you are waiting in line to check out.

The free consultation is a hard sell performed by a professional closer trained in marketing and sales.

Don’t Fall for Laser Hair Removal Guarantees

When you see the word, guarantee, in regards to laser hair removal treatments, tread lightly.

Since laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction and not permanent hair removal, how good can a guarantee really be?

Are there stipulations or restrictions when guarantees are given?

You betcha.

Read the fine print.


Did I emphasize to read the fine print carefully before you sign – enough?

Often the words, reduced rate, are part of that guarantee. Don’t get sucked into believing you will receive more than exactly what is written in your contract.

Verbal promises mean nothing in a dispute.

Recurrent themes from people who have tried to use these laser hair removal guarantees include the words, “restricted, promised, regret and cheaters” when discussing the reneging of their perceived promised guarantee.

Their success with these techniques substantiates the old Gordon Gecko, “Greed is good”, line from the movie, “Wall Street”. We live in a capitalist society. The quest for profits drive some people to do bad things.

Are You in Laser Hair Removal Center Where a Doctor Has Never Set Foot?

Some medical appearing laser hair removal centers try to give an aura of being a medical facility.

Salespeople and nonprofessionals walk around in white coats. If you ask the laser technician, they will tell you that they never saw the doctor.

What it boils down to is – whom can you trust?

Some people have actually said to me, “I thought a doctor is a doctor” which implies that they perceive little difference between doctors who have trained in different specialties.

When it comes to laser hair removal, don’t assume that if you go to a physician that they have ever had any laser training at all.

Chiropractors, ear nose and throat doctors and self proclaimed cosmetic surgeons who have never had a day’s training in plastic surgery and their employees are performing procedures for which they have not been properly trained.

That goes for laser training and experience as well.

It can be very confusing to someone outside of the medical field.

Bullet Points on How to Avoid Laser Hair Removal Scams

  • Research laser hair removal on reliable forums and consumer web sites.
  • Do not buy or sign a contract on impulse.
  • Be careful of sales and marketing techniques during your initial free consultation.
  • Realize that expensive radio and print ads will be incorporated into your final cost for laser hair removal.
  • Understand that the words, laser hair removal guarantee, are an oxymoron since laser hair removal is not permanent hair removal. It is permanent hair reduction.
  • Be very cautious if you are offered any kind of guarantee. Read the fine print of guarantees for laser hair removal. Often there is an additional charge.
  • Read reliable reviews.
  • Make sure that they are offering true laser treatments and not the inferior technology, intense pulsed light.

Are You Really Getting True Laser Hair Removal or Something Inferior?

Make sure that you are getting true laser hair removal and not Intense Pulsed Light or IPL hair removal.

There is a huge difference in efficacy and results between the two methods of hair removal.

The following link is a testimonial from someone who was tricked into getting IPL instead of a true laser.

Realize that home laser hair removal or intense pulsed light is minimally effective and considered by most consumers as a waste of money.


Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic treatments after Botox and injectables for facial lines and wrinkles.

With its growth, a growth of laser hair removal scams has followed the money spent on these services.

Although the chances of being treated fairly and safely when having laser hair removal are higher when performed in a doctor’s office, there are no guarantees.

Not all doctors are trained or experienced in laser treatments.

Do not assume that all places are the same or that all doctors are the same.

Price and cost are also important.

Avoid being cheated by prepaying when you purchase expensive laser hair removal packages.

Prepaying puts your money at risk if and when they go under.

Many of these places have already declared bankruptcy or are about to fold up their tent.

Remember, church ain’t over until the snakes are all back in the bag.

Do some research before walking in for your initial free consultation.

Call us at 724-969-0600 or learn more at our web site.

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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