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#67700 - 11/22/09 06:48 AM ?Tipping ( not as in cow)?
kungfuaaron Offline

Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 31
I made my appointment for lazer hair removal. Kinda scared and excited at the same time. The place I chose uses a gentlelase, which I understand on hairtell is one of the best alexandrites. The clinic (dermatologist office) also has great prices and doesn't sell in packages. It works on pay as you go (a-la carte)only. This is nice because if you have a bad experience you don't have to go back, and you are not out thousands of dollars.

For all you professionals out there, and to those that have had LHR I have a question.

Is it customary to tip?

To the professionals: Do you expect a tip, and how often do you get tipped, and at what percentage?

How about you people that have had LHR do you tip (please give details)?

What if it is at a doctors office, does that change thigs, as opposed to a salon or spa?

Hoy Yah!!!! (kungfuaaron out!!!)

Edited by kungfuaaron (11/22/09 06:52 AM)

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#67736 - 11/23/09 09:27 PM Re: ?Tipping ( not as in cow)? [Re: kungfuaaron]

You don't have to tip when doing laser, in fact most places even say on their website they are a professional service and don't require tips. I'd say laser is like going to the dentist or doctors appointment more so than say a haircut or something.

#81327 - 12/21/10 06:22 PM Re: ?Tipping ( not as in cow)? [Re: kungfuaaron]
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Registered: 12/21/10
Posts: 2
Tipping is customary but not expected. Some clients tip in advance when making their initial purchase while others tip along the way. As a Medical Aesthetian I not only recieve tips but thank you cards, and sometimes gifts and it is most appreciated. It helps me know that I am appreciated and doing a good job.

#81330 - 12/21/10 09:03 PM Re: ?Tipping ( not as in cow)? [Re: lasertech]
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I think it depends on the type of place you go to. I've always gone to medical offices with nurses and doctors, and I don't think tips are necessary there. But nowdays, there are a bunch of salons doing laser and waxing etc in one - I think those are the ones who are used to tips.

Personally, I consider it an expensive medical service where the expense should include a good wage for the technician already.

#81338 - 12/21/10 11:47 PM Re: ?Tipping ( not as in cow)? [Re: LAgirl]

I agree. My first clinic was a plastic surgeon's office which was very formal, and the person at the front counter was not the person that did my treatment. My technician would walk me out and then leave, and the front desk person would tell me the price. Their visa/debit machine never prompted to add a tip, and it would have been very weird to hand the receptionist a $10 and say give it to the tech. It's way too classy I find to do that.

My second clinic was basically a small little store front in a mall. My main clinic I go to as mentioned is a laser and waxing studio. The only time it mentions tip is if I pay with debit, the machine prompts if I want to add a tip. I give $5 or $10 usually but that's also only because their pricing is so low and they always go above and beyond (ie I'll pay something low like $80 for full face and neck and then she'll go even lower and zap the odd hair on my chest and so on so I give a bit extra.

My current clinic is a laser and teeth whitening place which is also very high end and nice inside and the person at the desk is also not the technician. It's too awkward somewhere like this to tip as well I find. I only do at the other place because it's very small, and my technician is the owner who does everything and tells me the price, takes my money etc.

Put it this way, pay with debit or credit card. If the slip has a spot to write a tip, then you can assume they may be used to getting one and you can add a little if you feel you should. If it doesn't ask for it (the way a restaurant or delivery driver would, then it shouldn't be expected.) I feel that when a clinic is setting up their payment system, if they have to specifically request from the implementation person to have it prompt to add a tip, then they most likely are expecting one or at least hoping for one. The default would be to have no tip so they're the ones requesting the machine asks for it.

Edited by edokid (12/21/10 11:48 PM)

#81689 - 01/08/11 03:46 PM Re: ?Tipping ( not as in cow)? [Re: ]
Kirk99 Offline

Registered: 08/21/10
Posts: 10
I had many sessions throughout 2010 on various parts of my body and I didn't tip once; and I must say for what I'm paying, it never occured to me that I should be. Then in November I noticed little "gratuity" envelopes appeared at reception as I was making my next appointment. So at the end of my last treatment before Christmas, I left a card containing a token of my appreciation in it, on the counter after I had finished dressing. My tech called me an hour or so later to thank me and said it was "the best gift ever!" I told her that I appreciate what she is doing/has done for me. I'm happy with my results and she always makes me feel comfortable in a potentially awkward situation. I'll probably give her another "thank you" when I reach the end of my initial treatments.

That said, if you don't feel that a monetary tip is necessary, a simple thank you card or note sans cash will still go a long way; it's more intimate and meaningful than a "thanks" as you pull your pants up. I think we could all agree that what these people are doing for us is often life changing.

Thank you!


I copied and pasted my reply to a similar post/question as well. smile

#81690 - 01/08/11 04:14 PM Re: ?Tipping ( not as in cow)? [Re: Kirk99]
Deedra Offline

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Registered: 08/02/18
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Nicely said.
Dee Fahey RN CT LLC

Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis and the State Nursing Board of Ohio


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