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If you are one of the many men or women who have hair in a place that you’d rather not, or if you’re just plain tired of shaving and waxing, laser hair removal may be a good option. Laser hair removal uses a pulse of laser light to destroy many hair follicles at one time. The hair reduction or removal is permanent, painless and far less invasive than the old method of electrolysis, which requires a needle to destroy each individual hair follicle. Laser hair removal takes several treatments depending on the area being treated, but if you start now, you will be well on your way to having a shave-free, wax-free, pluck-free summer.

Happel Laser And Vein Center
3035 Washington Road
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 969-0600

The Happel Laser and Vein Center was founded by Dr. John Happel, who previously served as chief of surgery at UPMC South Side Hospital. He uses the Alexandrite laser, which is fast and effective for hair removal. The laser targets many follicles at one time, but only affects hair follicles that are in their growth stages. For that reason, multiple sessions and possible future touch ups are required to get hair follicles that are dormant at the time of the first treatment. Happel has offices just south of Pittsburgh in McMurray as well as in Wheeling, W. Va. Because the office is busy, scheduling an appointment well in advance of any special events is recommended.

Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa
200 Fleet St., Suite 701
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
(724) 987-3221

Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa offers laser hair removal with six different types of lasers. Candela, LyraScope, Syneron, Thor, I-Brite and Lightsheer are each most effective for different skin types and treatment areas. By having a variety of different options, Body Beautiful can treat clients with all skin types and colors. A consultation with one of their experts can help determine which laser is right for you. Treatment times range from 10 minutes to a half hour depending on the size of the area being treated and an average of four to five sessions is necessary to achieve the best results. Body has several locations in the Greentree area as well as the north, south and west hills for convenience.

Laser Rejuvenation Center of Pittsburgh
100 Delafield Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 784-5240

Directed by Dr. Lawrence Biskin, the Laser Rejuvenation Center of Pittsburgh has been helping clients reduce unwanted hair for the last decade. The center uses the LightSheer XC laser, which is the best laser for treating a variety of skin pigments and types. As with all laser hair removal treatments, the number of visits needed will depend on the area being treated, but scheduling four sessions to start is usually recommended. Laser hair removal is an especially good option for those who suffer from shaving irritation and frequent folliculitis since patients will see smoother skin after treatment.

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Premier Laser Spa of Pittsburgh
12091 Perry Highway, Suite 2
Wexford, PA 15090
(724) 933-5600

Premier Laser Spa of Pittsburgh uses the LaserFast system, a combination of the Candela laser, which offers computer guidance and a more comfortable experience, and the Alexandrite laser, which has a larger target area that allows for shorter sessions The length and number of sessions needed varies based on skin type and the area being treated, but Premier Laser Spa offers a two-year hair free guarantee as well as two years of free touch-ups after treatments, as well as an inexpensive lifetime maintenance plan. There are package prices available for clients who need hair removal in multiple areas and Premier Laser Spa of Pittsburgh also has financing options.

East Side Laser Salon Advantage Center
5750 Centre Ave., Suite 180
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 327-6630

East Side Laser Center uses the Palomar system to gently disable the growth of new hair. An average of five treatments is needed to achieve desired results and a package discount is available for booking five sessions or more. The Polomar system delivers fast and effective results with minimal pain. Although new treatment methods allow for the treatment of all skin types, light-skinned clients with dark hair will see the fastest and easiest results.

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