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How Can Laser Hair Removal Help With Hirsutism?

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Ellie Taylor
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Hirsutism is a female disorder characterised by excessive dark or coarse hair growth in a male-like pattern. Can laser hair removal help with this condition? Read on to learn more. You can also click here to discover if laser hair removal can help with folliculitis.

 

What is hirsutism?

Hirsutism is a condition that causes excessive growth of dark or coarse hair on the face, chest, and back in a male-like pattern. Excess male hormones, mainly testosterone, are frequently the cause of hirsutism.

Hirsutism can be brought on by:

  • Ovarian polycystic syndrome (PCOS) – An imbalance of sex hormones occurs in this disorder, which commonly develops during puberty. PCOS can cause excessive hair growth, irregular periods, obesity, infertility, and numerous cysts on the ovaries over time.
  • Cushing’s disease – This happens when your body is exposed to excessive levels of the hormone cortisol. It can result from your adrenal glands producing too much cortisol or from long-term use of drugs like prednisone.
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia – In this hereditary disorder, the adrenal glands produce abnormal amounts of steroid hormones, such as cortisol and androgen.
  • Tumours. An androgen-secreting tumour can cause hirsutism in the ovaries or adrenal glands.
  • Medications – Some drugs can cause hirsutism. If your partner uses androgen-containing topical treatments, you may be affected due to skin-to-skin contact.

Often, there is no known cause for hirsutism.

Does laser hair removal work for hirsutism?

Anti-androgen medicines are commonly used to treat hirsutism. Long-term hair removal methods such as laser hair removal have shown excellent results when paired with hormone therapies.

Laser hair removal is a typically safe and successful method for those who want to reduce hair growth over time. It works by focussing a beam of light on hair follicles to cause selective damage. This method reduces hair regrowth gradually but permanently and can be used on wider parts of the body.

It works best on a light complexion with coarse black hair. This is because light hair with few or no dark pigments cannot absorb enough light photons released by the laser, making complete removal impossible.

After therapy, finer and lighter hair often persists in some patients. Nonetheless, laser treatment is effective, quick, and somewhat painless.

 

Best hair removal for hirsutism

Specialised hair removal treatments have a high success rate, but they must be used in conjunction with testosterone reduction therapy. People with hirsutism can benefit from laser hair removal, but it’s crucial to keep your expectations in check. While some individuals had a 2- to 6-month growth delay with just one treatment, the majority will require multiple sessions to achieve permanent hair loss.

Even if many old hair follicles have been destroyed, hair can still develop. Because hair grows in three stages and not all of your hair is at the same stage at the same time, killing all of your follicles in a few sessions is rare. However, when utilised in conjunction with other therapy choices and personalised to the individual, many people will see positive effects.

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Key Learnings

  • Hirsutism is a condition that causes excessive growth of dark or coarse hair on the face, chest, and back in a male-like pattern.
  • When paired with hormone therapies, laser hair removal has shown excellent results.
  • It’s crucial to keep your expectations in check. While some individuals had a 2- to 6-month growth delay with just one treatment, the majority will require multiple sessions to achieve permanent hair loss.
  • Laser hair removal isn’t suitable for pregnant women, those with keloid scars, and those hypersensitive to light.

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