Laser Hair Removal’s Dirty Little Secrets

Laser Hair Removal’s Dirty Little Secrets

It’s Not Permanent Hair Removal

The biggest misconception about laser hair removal is that it is permanent. Laser hair removal is FDA approved only for permanent hair reduction and not for permanent hair removal.

The difference is that the laser actually just reduces the amount of hair that you have with each treatment. About 15-20% of your hair will be reduced with each treatment.  A realistic goal for men is an acceptably thinned-out area like when a back is lasered.

Large franchised hair removal chains often advertise that a physician involved. The details of that involvement are not mentioned.

Medical societies recommend close physician supervision with a doctor who on-site is necessary. That is just in case questions, problems, or issues arise.

There Are Risks

Many people take laser hair removal treatments too lightly. Having a laser treatment is not like having a haircut and serious complications can occur.

The fact is that these national chains have no physicians there in the building if you need them.

That means that unsupervised nurses who have had only a few weeks of laser training from that franchise are left loose on the unsuspecting public.

These franchises recommend that nine treatments be sold in a package.

That is pushed in a legal contract. You must sign this before they will begin.  It is binding. That means if you find yourself in financial predicament or lose your job… you still have to pay for nine treatments.

Let’s say you don’t need nine treatments (like many of our patients) … you still have to pay for nine treatments.

Let’s say it doesn’t work because your hair is too light … you still have to pay for nine treatments.

There is no medical study or research that concludes that nine is the magic number of treatments. That number that was arbitrarily chosen to maximize profits for that franchise.

That’s another dirty little secret.

Let’s discuss those unbelievable deals with free treatments like 70% off of the “regular price” or BOGO and bogus “guarantees”.

Does anyone pay the regular price?

Of course not, because everyone wants a discount.

Just like the sticker price on a car.

They offer you a deal because who doesn’t love a deal?

During the sales pitch you are warned that that offer “expires when you leave the room” on the day of your initial consultation.

I personally enjoy the most ridiculous, far-fetched offer at these franchises that surprises anyone who stops a minute to think about it … $5000.00 off of laser hair removal!


Please research and read reviews of the place where you plan on having your laser hair removal.

Read the comments and posts of clients from that laser company’s YELP reviews and other reviews to learn the truth before you invest your hard earned money. will tell you the dirty little secrets from the people who work actually work at these facilities. They are a must read. Research these sites first and learn the truth.


In this article, we have exposed some of the laser hair removal industry’s dirty secrets. These cockamamie businesses are pseudo medical facilities.

There is nobody policing these places that claim to be a medical facility but are not.

There is no governmental or credentialing organization to protect you. You have to be own advocate.

We are a respected local physician’s office. We have been credentialed and inspected by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for safety and quality.

We don’t push contracts or require that you sign for an expensive package deal. There are no salespeople or marketers. We are a reputable and established doctor’s office which specializes in laser treatments.

We have the longest experience performing laser in the city of Pittsburgh.

Why wait and suffer from the embarrassment of unwanted hair any longer?

Call us at 724-969-0600 to discover the truth.

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.