Unwanted Hair

Women / Female Hirsutism

The normal amount of facial and bodily hair for a woman does vary. However, any facial or bodily hair that is causing embarrassment or inconvenience could be viewed as a problem.

Most women will have some fine hair on the top lip, chin, chest, abdomen, or back. However, where the hair grows more coarsely or darkly coloured, the condition is called hirsutism. It is not harmful, but can cause great distress for the sufferer.

There can be a number of medical causes which should be considered:

  • Hormonal – production of higher than average amounts of hormone
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can cause unwanted hair. Women with PCOS may also have acne, problems with menstrual periods, trouble losing weight, and diabetes
  • Use of certain medicines, including testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, minoxidil, and phenytoin
  • Other medical causes

Bleaching or lightening hair may make it less noticeable. However, removal of the excessive or unwanted hair is usually preferable.

Temporary hair removal options include:

  • Shaving (although hair may appear to grow back thicker)
  • Plucking and waxing
  • Hair removal cream

However, permanent hair removal is favourable, giving long term results and a great relief for the sufferer.

Electolysis is an option, using electrical current to permanently damage individual hair follicles. However, treatment is costly and requires several sessions. Swelling, scarring, and redness of the skin may occur.

Laser hair removal is the gold-standard treatment for unwanted or excessive hair. Suitable for use on the face or body, laser targets the dark color (melanin) in the hairs and destroys the follicles, preventing regrowth.

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