Five Great Laser Hair Removal Tips You Can’t Ignore

Five Great Laser Hair Removal Tips You Can’t Ignore

“Things Are Not Always What They Seem”

That is a quote from the Roman poet, Phaedrus.

Laser hair removal advertised “deals” aren’t what they seem either.

Here is another example of things not being what they seem.

A man walks into a bar. He sits next to a woman. The man asks, “Does your dog bite?” The woman says, No”. The man reaches over to pet the dog. The dog bites him. The man says, “I thought that you said that your dog doesn’t bite. The woman says, “That’s not my dog”.

The following five tips are meant to save you from marketing tactics intended for you to spend more. These marketing tactics will not help you to save money.  Do not fall for them.

Don’t Fall for the BOGOs or the 50-70% Off Deals

Who doesn’t want to double your value or pump up your fuel perks?

Dig a little deeper. Are you really getting twice the amount or are they front-loading the price and claiming that you will get something free?

Those freebies in reality will cost you thousands of dollars more than it should if you just went to a doctor’s office for laser hair removal. After all, who do you think pays for the bombardment of extremely expensive radio advertising and the glitzy extravagantly appointed offices?

You do.

You save money.

Choose a laser office that doesn’t advertise.

The following laser hair removal tips will save you money and keep you out of trouble.

Laser Hair Removal Tips #1 : Avoid Groupon Deals

Groupon may be great for getting a free entrée or drink, but when it comes to medical procedures, you are asking for trouble.

Reviewers have noticed that some of these unscrupulous laser hair removal scam artists will set the laser too low so that ineffective treatments are purposely given. The unsuspecting client has to return for more treatments at full cost to get results.

Be prepared for an aggressive up sell during your Groupon treatments. That’s the main reason that they are offered. Expensive “guarantees” which are like an extended warranty, more treatments and offers for other services are part of the deal. Personally, I hate pushy salespeople and obtrusive sales tactics. Most people feel the same.

People with Groupon coupons often state that they are treated differently. They feel that they are looked at by the staff as “Groupon voucher persons”.  They have to wait a long time in the waiting room for their treatment. They complain that the treatments are too quick, impersonal, and rushed.  Appointments are often “cancelled” by the management with the excuse that the laser is broken to discourage any treatment at all.

Also, consider why the laser hair removal place is offering Groupon. Are they just starting out? Are you going to be a guinea pig? Why are they so hard up giving away free treatments? After the huge discount and Groupon takes their half, there is essentially no profit left at all.

Lasers and their maintenance contracts are very expensive. Without some kind of trickery including slick marketing, these med spas and laser chains could not afford to “give away” free treatments.

Laser Hair Removal Tips #2 : Beware of Package Deals

Think twice about “We’ll Throw in Another Area for Free” package deals.

Packages make more money for the businesses that offers them. What if you aren’t getting the results that you expected?  You want your money back. You don’t want to continue with any more treatments. Tough. You signed a contract and are legally obligated to pay for what you won’t use. That is a fact. Internet reviews prove it.

What if the chain goes out of business like American Laser Skincare did last year? Thousands of angry customers were left owing thousands of dollars for treatments that they never received.

Binding prepaid contracts are an unethical medical practice in our opinion.

Laser Hair removal Tips #3 : Beware Where Laser Hair Removal is Offered

Don’t have laser hair removal done in a nail salon, in a hair salon, in a mall or by a chiropractor.

This tip seems like a no brainer. But sometimes we are caught off guard. Cosmetic services have grown exponentially. Think about it for a minute.

Does having a medical procedure outside of a hospital or a doctor’s office sound right to you? Tragically, millions of laser treatments are done every day without medical oversight or direction. People are getting hurt.

The following true story is a perfect example of why you must be very careful of where you have your laser hair removal performed.

A dentist down the road from our doctor’s office in McMurray, PA opened a “dental-med spa” about ten years ago. Their patient, Terri Bowling, had laser hair removal on her legs. Her legs were severely burned. Because there is no oversight on laser hair removal in our state, the technician who did the treatment was trained by Kimberly Steliotes, a cosmetician and former Miss Pennsylvania, 1998.

According to the New York Times, Miss Bowling stated, “It was burning so bad, I couldn’t even get dressed afterward. I couldn’t stand my pants touching my skin.” The doctor who later treated her burns stated, “I was pretty appalled. She suffered a significant injury at the hands of someone who didn’t have the training or expertise to do what they were doing”. The dentist, Dr. Steliotes, owner of the dental-med spa declined to comment on the lawsuit but stopped doing laser hair removal.

Nuff said.

Laser Hair Removal Tips #4 : Don’t Waste Money on Home Laser Removal Machines

  • They do not work.
  • You risk getting hurt.
  • You will not be happy with the results.
  • You will waste money.
  • Research any hair removal device on the internet thoroughly before you buy.

Laser Hair Removal Tips #5 : Go to a Respected Doctor’s Office Where the Doctor is On-Site

You save money when the laser works optimally.


If you don’t get the optimum results, you will waste money on extra unnecessary treatments. There are multiple threshold settings that should be used to optimize hair removal.

Everyone’s settings are different according to their skin color and type, sensitivity to discomfort, and hair color. That’s why it takes decades of experience to know the right settings for you to get the best results with the least amount of treatments.

You save money!

However, if the laser specialist exceeds the correct laser settings, burns, scarring, hypo, or hyper pigmentation could result. That is the reason that having a doctor in the office while you are having your laser treatment is vital.

If the place says that they have a medical doctor on staff, ask to see them. Most national chains advertise this fact. However, if the truth be told, the doctor will not be there if there are problems or a question about your laser treatment arises.

Ask about this on your initial consultation. Don’t ask the “closer” or the salesperson asking you to sign a contract. Ask the people who are actually doing the laser treatments. If the laser technician says they have never seen the doctor or is basically never there, walk out.


Always believe what marketers and sales people tell you to do.

129% of laser hair removal chains that advertise on the radio exaggerate.

Prices for laser hair removal are no longer as expensive as they used to be. However, that doesn’t mean that buying a package will save you money. You will pay more for expensive packages that are commonly pushed.

There is no free lunch. We have all heard that. Before you jump for those special discounts, do a little comparison-shopping. Take the time to crunch the numbers. Otherwise, it will be your wallet that is crunched.

Looking for the best laser hair removal in Pittsburgh at the best price?

You save money when the laser treatments are properly done.  Choose the most experienced laser hair removal medical office in the city. Make sure your laser treatments are done under the direct supervision of a doctor.

Don’t settle for anything less.

Call us at 724-969-0600 or click here to find out more about medically supervised laser hair removal.

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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