Got underarm hair? Get Happel | Laser Hair Removal Pittsburgh

Got underarm hair? Get Happel | Laser Hair Removal Pittsburgh

The Best Place in Pittsburgh to Have Underarm Laser Hair Removal

People want to know where is the best place in Pittsburgh for laser hair removal.

Happel Laser of course!


Let’s answer that with a listsiclele of reasons.

A listsicle if you’re wondering, is a short collection where information that is easy and fast to scan, read and digest.

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#1 Happel Laser is a medical office.

It is owned and operated by Dr. John Happel who will be on site for your laser treatments.

Happel Laser not a national laser chain like Ideal Image and Laser Rx which both have satellite offices in Pittsburgh. Laser chains are franchised laser hair removal.

That means that there is no doctor on site. Laser hair removal should be performed only in a physician’s office. The physician who is on site should be the owner.

Laser hair removal should always have medical oversight because lasers are medical devices. Lasers have risks including burns, hyper or hypo pigmentation and even scarring. Where would you go if you had a complication? To a doctor of course.

The national franchise chains have no doctor on site. In case of a problem, they have to call a physician who is usually out of town or out of the state. The supervising physician is in name only at these chains.

#2 Happel Laser does not push or even offer packages for underarm laser hair removal.

People are often sold packages of nine treatments by the chains and medspas in Pittsburgh.

Since people respond differently to the laser, you may need more or less treatments than another person.

Hormones, the location and thickness of the hair in the armpit, and your skin color will affect how you respond to the laser.

Buy only what you need and save money.

At Happel Laser, we are confident that you will come back for the required number of treatments. We don’t have to “lock you in” to laser treatments that you may not need or want.

Laser hair removal chains are going out of business because of the competition.

You never want to buy a risky package deal and then find out that the chain has gone out of business, declared bankruptcy and gone out of business.

Your money will be lost forever. Bankruptcy protects the business from returning prepaid money.

#3 Guarantees for Laser Hair Removal Are Worthless

If a laser office offers a guarantee for your underarm treatment, look at the fine print. Don’t accept what they tell you verbally during a hard sell marketing pitch.  Usually the guarantee is only for a reduced rate.

No office can continue providing a lifetime of services for free. If a physician’s office offers a guarantee, it should be reported to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, our state’s board.

Doctors cannot legally or ethically offer a guarantee of medical services. Laser chains are operating on the fringes.

#4 Happel Laser uses a true laser for the underarms and entire body hair removal.

Many offices in Pittsburgh use a technology called IPL for hair removal which stands for intense pulsed light.

  • IPL is not laser.
  • IPL is less effective.
  • IPL has a steeper learning curve.
  • IPL has a higher risk of complications like burns and permanent skin damage.

If you search the internet for images of “laser hair removal risks and burns, most of the burns that you’ll see will be in the shape of a rectangle. The rectangle is the foot print of IPL. Laser energy comes out in small circles.

#5 What You Really Want to Know: Does It hurt?

The underarms are sensitive areas. The face and bikini lines are also. The legs, back and large areas are usually tolerated very well.

Dynamic cooling with Cryogen has proven the best method of cooling the skin and lessen the discomfort of the laser and protect your skin.

For removing unarm hair, most people say that it’s not bad at all. Check out our Youtube video for a real demonstration of a patient having underarm laser hair removal.

We have written a comprehensive article outlining all of the ways to make your laser hair removal experience more comfortable. Read this Coward’s Guide to Laser Hair Removal to learn more.

Shave your underarms before your treatment. Don’t wax your underarms because the hair follicle needs to be intact for the laser to treat the underarm hair.

The laser needs a little stubble to be able to “see” the target. At the same time, don’t let it grow too long. Longer hairs will attract more heat and make it more uncomfortable. Just a little stubble.

Lasers are programmed to target dark objects. That is why tanning is discouraged when removing hair on other parts of your body.

#6 Medspas for Underarm Laser Hair Removal?

Are you really OK with a medspa operating a laser on you?

Read our opinion and what the experts have to say about that in this article on medspa laser hair removal.

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

Laser hair removal at Medspas is risky.

In Pittsburgh, one of the biggest med spas travels from salon to salon carrying their lasers around in the trunks of their cars and in vans.

Lasers are delicate instruments. The potholes of Pittsburgh and our railroad tracks will take their toll on the internal mirrors, settings, and the calibration of lasers.

Your underarms are delicate. Do you want to take a chance of a burn or scarring in that area?

Alternatively, it could be ineffective if the lasers and their operators aren’t working optimally.


Where should you have your underarms laser hair removal to permanently reduce and  remove your unwanted hair?

Let’s be totally honest.

You want a place that is safe, where the results will be effective, and you want that all at a fair and affordable price.

A physician’s office is your safest bet to accomplish all of those goals.

At Happel Laser, there are no expensive, risky prepaid package “deals”.

Your total cost per treatment will be less.

There are no marketing people or salespeople at Happel Laser.

Only medical professionals working in a well established physician’s office.

In fact, we have been doing laser hair removal longer than all of other offices in Pittsburgh.

Experience correlates directly with great results.

Read our reviews and decide for yourself.

Call us at 724-969-0600 or click here for the best laser hair removal in Pittsburgh.

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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