PCOS, Excess Hair Growth and Laser Hair Removal

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Many people who suffer from PCOS have opted for laser hair removal treatments. In this guide, we’ll talk about what PCOS is, why it can cause excessive hair growth and how laser hair removal can be effective in controlling hair growth among those suffering from PCOS. Read on to find out more about PCOS and laser hair removal.

What exactly is PCOS?

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This condition affects women and the way their ovaries function. People living with this condition may have cysts in their ovaries. Their ovaries may not release eggs regularly and their body may have high levels of androgens, which are male hormones. This can cause excessive hair growth on the face and body. This condition is also called hirsutism. If you have experienced at least two of these symptoms, your GP may diagnose you with PCOS. Although all women have androgens, problems can arise when levels of the hormone fluctuate. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it’s generally linked to abnormal hormone levels in the body. The condition is hereditary.

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Does laser hair removal work for people with PCOS?

If you do have unwanted facial hair and are living with PCOS, you may have heard about or considered undergoing laser hair removal. This treatment can help you gain the outcome you require and also means you won’t need to wax, shave or pluck on a daily basis. Laser hair removal can slow down hair growth, eventually reducing or removing all your unwanted hair. It can also help you avoid problems with cuts, ingrowing hair and irritation.

How exactly does laser hair removal work?

To remove unwanted hair from your face or body, the laser emits a beam of energy. This beam is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The energy then travels to the base or root of the hair to permanently remove it. To ensure the treatment is effective, the hair needs to be targeted in its active stage of growth to prevent it from regrowing. Each hair in every area is at a different stage of growth at any one time. This is why you will most likely need to undergo multiple laser sessions every four to six weeks to get the best results. The hair root will become weaker and weaker with each laser session, with growth becoming slower and slower. The laser is highly effective for PCOS sufferers, though they do tend to require more sessions than people who aren’t living with PCOS. Nonetheless, you can expect to see fantastic results if you’re prepared to invest in multiple sessions. We use medical-grade lasers which are suitable for PCOS sufferers.

What are the most popular areas for PCOS laser hair removal treatment?

PCOS laser hair removal treatment can be used to attack hairs on all parts of the body. Some of the most popular areas for this kind of treatment include the face, the underarms, the legs, the back, the chest and the bikini area. Some clients opt for full-body laser treatments.

How much hair can laser hair removal treatment remove?

If you suffer from PCOS and are looking for a laser hair removal treatment, you can expect to lose as much as 90% of the hair that you want to have removed. PCOS sufferers normally require around 15 sessions to get the best results, and will need regular top-up sessions to maintain the results.

When will the results become visible?

Most clients start to see results around two weeks after their initial laser hair removal session. The treated hair begins to shed around this point, and hair will fall out if you attempt to grab it. The hair will begin to grow again after a few more weeks. However, this hair will be finer than the hair it has replaced. Growth will be patchy and much slower. You will see improved results with each session, but it is important to note that best results are only achieved with medical graded lasers, like the one we use at Shumaila’s London.

Won’t laser hair removal burn my skin?

There is a small chance of experiencing burns from laser hair removal because of the high heat. Nonetheless, burns and blisters rarely occur when the treatment is provided by a highly experienced, professionally trained practitioner.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

We aim to ensure your treatment is as painless as possible by only ever using the very latest pain-free laser hair removal technology. Some of our clients have compared our treatment to a “massage”. You may feel a slight sensation of warmth on the area that’s being treated. It’s likely that you will feel more heat when the treatment is applied to sensitive areas such as your elbows, upper lip or intimate parts of the body. We have been providing these treatments for over two decades and have always followed strict medical protocols to ensure burns and side effects are kept to a minimum.

Will laser treatment work on all types of hair?

Unfortunately, laser hair treatment won’t work on blonde or grey hair. This is because laser treatment requires a dark pigment to be effective.

What are the main reasons for unwanted hair appearing on the body?

Unwanted hair can occur naturally, or it can develop due to medical conditions like PCOS. It can also be a side effect of certain forms of medication. PCOS laser hair removal is widely agreed to be one of the easiest, fastest, painless and long-lasting methods of removing unwanted hair from the face and body.

Get in touch today…

If you are interested in undergoing laser hair removal treatment in London, why not contact Shumaila’s today? We are ready to hear from you if you want to book your free consultation and patch test. During your consultation, we will answer any queries that you might have, discuss the packages that are available, talk about aftercare and the area you want to treat and carry out a free patch test so you can experience the treatment for yourself. If you do decide to proceed, you can then book an appointment to begin your laser hair removal treatment.

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