Laser Hair Removal and PCOS

PCOS and Excessive Hair Growth

Some women suffer from a hormone disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It can present itself through many symptoms, including infertility, weight gain, and even excessive hair growth — called hirsutism.

Hirsutism is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “…a condition of unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women.” It can be caused by excessive male hormones — mainly testosterone — in women. Women who suffer from hirsutism may experience the hair growth anywhere, but especially on the face, back, and chest. They may spend a great deal of time, energy and money on short-lived hair removal treatments that do not give them the results they are hoping for.

If you have PCOS and have been trying to keep excessive hair growth at bay, laser hair removal can be a viable, highly effective option for you. Take the daily shaving and constant tweezing out of your routine so you can feel confident.

How Laser Hair Removal Can Help

A professional, experienced laser hair removal clinic can help remove your unwanted hair and give you the body confidence you deserve.

If you’ve been trying everything to remove excess hair growth with no luck, laser hair removal is the safest and only truly effective method to get rid of the hair. During the removal process, the laser shoots highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. The pigments absorb the light and heat up until they are singed, which then damages both the hair and the root and destroy the follicle.

The hair grows in different phases, so it takes between six and twelve treatments, spaced between 4 and 8 weeks apart, to get desired results. Hair cycle length also depends on the body part being treated. For example, the face needs more frequent treatments because the hair grows back quicker, whereas the legs and back receive less frequent treatments. Hair will shed within about three weeks of treatment. During that time, it may look like it’s growing, but that’s just the shedding process. Exfoliation of the area will help speed up that process.

Whatever methods you have struggled with in the past, laser hair removal will put all of them to an end. But it’s important to remember that laser hair removal will only permanently reduce the hair for PCOS patients who are being treated for their condition with medication. The treatment will get rid of the hair you have currently. With PCOS our clients tend to need more than the average treatments and more frequent touch-ups. We have successfully treated many clients who have PCOS to help greatly reduce and manage their excessive hair growth.  But without medical treatment, the PCOS condition with continue to produce the hormones that encourage new hair follicles and hair growth. For the best results possible, manage your PCOS with medication in addition to the laser hair removal to keep future excessive hair growth at bay.


Our consultations are always free, so if you are in the Phoenix area, give us a call at Lighten Up Laser!


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