How to Choose the Right Laser Hair Removal Office in Pittsburgh

How to Choose the Right Laser Hair Removal Office in Pittsburgh

Just Like in Alfred Hitchcock’s Thriller Psycho, You May Be Shocked to Learn …

In the final scene, your local med spa doing laser hair removal is not as advertised.

Remember the ending when Norman Bates rises from the rocker dressed as his mother – knife in hand – to the 3 screeching violin notes? 

Some people are similarly alarmed to learn too late that laser hair removal differs from place to place.

Some of these differences are:

  • Different environments (spa vs. a doctor’s office)
  • Different degrees of specialization (all aesthetic services vs. laser hair removal only)
  • Different levels of experience
  • Different training and qualifications (laser hair removal is totally unregulated in Pennsylvania)

Laser hair removal spas and chains in Pittsburgh also differ greatly in their marketing approaches. 

Be aware of the following common laser hair removal marketing tactics: Many require that you prepay and sign a contract. (Never prepay for any service) Most don’t give you a laser hair removal demo first to see how it feels first. They use trained marketing sales experts (in white lab coats to fool you). They try very hard to convince you to sign before you have a chance to think it over. They push costly and expensive packages for more treatments than you need. They sit you down in an office and give you a hard sell on day one.

This article promises to guide you through the minefield of these sketchy sales practices.  

The following six suggestions will help you to choose the overall best laser hair removal experience in Pittsburgh.

#1 Compare Laser Hair Removal Costs in Pittsburgh

Learn as much as you can about the laser hair removal cost ahead of time since laser hair removal prices vary widely.

The cost of laser hair removal in Pittsburgh depends on the size and area being treated.

Laser Hair Removal in Pittsburgh: The Five Hidden Truths

Usually honest places that don’t push inflated packages will give a range of costs on the phone.

It’s still hard to compare laser hair removal costs.

That’s because so many places push high-priced packages that are heavily front loaded. They won’t tell you the cost per treatment since they don’t sell their services that way.

You have to add up the total cost of a package and divide it by the number of treatments required to compare costs. You won’t get that price on the phone because it comes with an aggressive sales pitch.

Realize that you will pay a higher price for laser hair removal at the big laser chain franchises.

Realize also that package deals often require you sign up for more treatments than is necessary (nine). They also require that you sign a binding contract which is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

It’s ironclad. That means you can’t get out of it. Their lawyers made sure of it. 

If that company leaves town or goes bankrupt, you are screwed.

Especially if you prepaid for a package deal.

One bankrupt laser chain here in Pittsburgh changed its name to LaserRX. 

 You will have to pay for treatments that you never received. Just ask these angry laser hair removal customers who complained to the Better Business Bureau.

Or ask the furious clients who set up their own Facebook group (Victims of Premier Laser) when that laser chain left town with their money and are still being billed for services that they never received.

#2 Select a Doctor’s Office with Decades of Experience and Established Reputation 

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” —Warren Buffett

Don’t choose a fly-by-night laser chains that will go bankrupt like American Laser Skincare and Premiere Laser Spa already did in Pittsburgh over the last three years.

You need true physician supervision who is on-site. That means they are in the office and building where you are having your laser hair removal done.

Don’t gloss over this point.

It’s important.

This simple fact differentiates the reputable from the sketchy places!

If you had a complication from laser hair removal, where would you go for help?

To a spa?

Of course not.

Why not have your treatments done in the safety of a doctor’s office in the first place?

Make sure that you base your decision on the credentials and experience of the practitioner and not just on price alone.

#3 Compare Reliability and Qualifications

Who is better than an experienced laser surgeon to guide you through the laser hair removal process?

Surgeons are qualified laser experts certified by the American College of Surgeons to use them.

Compare this to other experiences from a Pittsburgh reviewer who discusses the integrity of a laser hair removal facility and in all fairness read all of the YELP reviews from Ideal Image in Pittsburgh.

People in spas and laser chains are overstepping their boundaries by performing medical laser procedures.

Problems including medical complications or ineffective treatments are the result if you don’t take it seriously.

Don’t assume that the services provided in a spa are equivalent to what is available from a board certified surgeon.

Often people say after a complication occurs, “I thought a doctor is a doctor”.

A lit­tle healthy skepticism—call it a built-in BS de­tec­tor— will help keep you from getting suck­ered into buy­ing a service because of advertising and marketing that has not been proven true. 

#4 Select an Office That Specializes in Laser Hair Removal

You don’t want a place that offers a potpourri of aesthetic procedures where cross selling will cost you more than you imagined.

Upselling is a strategy these spas use to sell a more expensive version of a service or product.

Upselling for more services than you planned on buying or need will cost you more.

It also includes adding extra features or add-ons to that service like other body parts thrown in “for free”.

There’s no free lunch.

If you’re interested in laser hair removal, skip the place that also offers Botox, injectables, cool sculpting and tattoo removal.

Would you go to a Chinese buffet for steak?

#5 Examine the Laser Office Professionalism

Word-of-mouth like spreads quickly about the best restaurants.

Superior establishments don’t need to advertise.

Choose an office that doesn’t make you sign a contract.

Contracts for medical services?

That’s ludicrous.

You won’t see salespeople or marketers in a doctor’s office.

Research what people consistently say about how they were treated.

Look at their overall experience, results, ease of appointments and how they were treated by the laser specialist and the entire staff.

#6 Check Out Laser Hair Removal Reviews 

Reviews on businesses, services are often helpful.

Reviews are not foolproof but they can give you the essence of a place.

If a business or service has been operating long enough, it has a digital footprint.

Doctors, restaurants, and laser spas all have them.

You just have to dig a little to discover the truth.

Read their Google reviews and Yelp reviews.

Sure-Fire Tips to Find the Best Laser Hair Removal in Pittsburgh

You want the Dr. Mark Zuckerberg of laser hair removal in Pittsburgh.

To get best laser hair removal results, choose:

  1. A true private doctor’s office – not a spa or laser chain
  2. An office where the doctor is always on site and in the building
  3. A laser facility that doesn’t need to advertise
  4. A laser office that specializes in laser hair removal and not the entire array of cosmetic services
  5. A medical office that has decades of experience doing laser hair removal
  6. A reputable and established true medical facility
  7. An office with the best prices without compulsory expensive contracts or front loaded packages
  8. A doctor’s office with the best lasers to get the best results

If you follow these tips, I promise that will have an outstanding experience that makes the whole thing something very special to you.

Something you need to tell your friends about.

When you compare these differences, it’s high school T ball (spas) vs the New York Yankees (a reputable doctor’s office).

When you break it down, listen to what others have already said on the internet about their experience.

Always read reviews before you make your first appointment so that you do not have laser hair removal regrets later.

Call us at 724-969-0600. Dr. Happel’s office is conveniently and easily accessible off I 79 to all points in Pittsburgh.

Avoid being a victim like the following people who posted after prepaying at a Pittsburgh spa that later declared bankruptcy:

Response from the Company:  Our company has recently experienced some operational changes. We have a few locations that have merged with other locations, as well as two locations that we are closing. All of the merged locations will have 100% of their treatments fulfilled. For the 2 locations that have closed, we have already found a Milwaukee-based company who will be taking over treatments for that location. All of your records, laser settings, etc. are being passed to that company currently. We are looking for finds a similar solution for Minneapolis. If you have any questions please feel free to call our toll free support number at 866-694-1019.

If only it were as simple as you are making it out to be. I don’t think this is the way I would treat customers that had paid me thousands of dollars upfront for a service they didn’t receive.

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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