Hirsutism Treatment: The Causes And The Solutions
The dilemma of how women should tackle their body hair has been present ever since advertising first introduced the concept in the early 20th century. For most, the act of removing unwanted body hair is merely a nuisance, however, for those suffering from hirsutism, its elimination saves anxiety and embarrassment. This condition causes thick, dark hair to grow on the face, neck, chest, tummy, lower back, buttocks or thighs. Shaving and waxing only offer partial relief as hair is required to regrow before the following hirsutism treatment. Thankfully, Laser Hair Removal offers a more permanent and time-saving solution.
What Causes Hirsutism?
Androgens are typically thought of as male hormones, but the female body naturally produces a small amount too. An increase in androgens, or an over-sensitivity towards them, causes the growth of coarse female body hair. This is most commonly the result of polycystic ovary syndrome, however, certain medications, use of anabolic steroids and tumours that affect hormone levels can also play their part.
If you believe you have hirsutism, book an appointment to see your GP. They may prescribe the contraceptive pill in order to help control your hormone levels, or suggest other lifestyle changes, such as losing weight. Laser Hair Removal offers a more immediate solution, providing clients relief from this distressing condition.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
During Laser Hair Removal treatments, a laser that emits a narrow beam of light is passed across the skin. The pigment in the hair, known as melanin, absorbs the light and converts this into heat. This damages the tube-shaped hair follicles found within the skin, inhibiting or delaying future growth.
Multiple treatments are required to prevent regrowth, with occasional maintenance sessions scheduled in order to prolong results. When Laser Hair Removal was first introduced, it was most effective for dark hair on lighter skin, but an abundance of research and advances in technology now permit effective hair removal on all skin types.
Is Hirsutism Treatment Painful?
The intense heat from the laser may cause mild discomfort, with patients describing the feeling as ‘warm pinpricks’. The cooling device on the tip of the laser helps to reduce this sensation. Redness, swelling and tenderness are all side effects of the treatment, however, these will quickly subside.
Book Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment At North West Aesthetics
Living with hirsutism is challenging. Although body hair does not pose any threat to your health, its appearance can be damaging to your self-esteem, particularly when present on the face or neck. With Laser Hair Removal treatments starting at just £35, eliminating unwanted body hair is not only a confidence-booster, but affordable too. To find out more, get in touch by completing our online contact form, or by calling 01942 909 003 today.