Excess hair is a common condition that can occur in both men and women. Sometimes excess hair growth has no identifiable cause; this tends to be more common in skin types from a Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian background. It can also be hereditary.
In women, excess hair is often referred to as hirsutism. This is defined as hair in a male pattern; hair that is thick and dark, rather than finer and fairer. Hirsutism occurs when females produce an excess of male sex hormones called androgens, or are more sensitive to these hormones. Although all females produce androgens, these usually remain at low levels. When there is a hormonal imbalance of them, excess hair can occur. This fluctuation of hormone levels and symptoms such as excess hair can also be triggered by a medical condition, called PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). Certain medical conditions and the menopause can also trigger hirsutism.
If you suspect that your hair growth is abnormal, it is best to consult your doctor as it may be symptomatic of another problem. If you come to sk:n to treat this symptom then please be reassured that our practitioners and experts have met and treated many men and women with excess hair and you will be in the safest of hands.
Weston Beauty Clinic offer Treatments for Unwanted Hair for both Men and Women.
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.
TREATMENT FOR EXCESS HAIR
Weston Beauty Clinic offers the best in treatment when it comes to Laser Hair Removal giving you the longest lasting and most effective results of all hair removal methods. Upon your consultation, your practitioner will advise you of the best option for your individual case.
Laser Hair Removal works by targeting the hair follicles with a high beam laser. The laser beam is pulsed over the skin in the area being treated, ensuring that every hair has been targeted across each session. After a few days, the hairs fall out from the root so there are no prickly patches or ingrown hairs. The treatment is suitable for both the face and body, and is designed to treat all skin types and tones. The treatment works particularly well on coarse, dark hair.
The treatment is FDA approved to give a permanent hair reduction of up to 90 per cent. You can expect to see the best results with a course of treatments, after which the hair will have been reduced dramatically and the skin left silky-smooth.
Our use of the most advanced lasers mean we are first choice for doctors when recommending patients with darker skin tones. We are able to match the right laser to your skin tone then calibrate it exactly to reduce any risk of burning or other side effects. Weston Beauty Clinics track record of safe, effective laser treatments is the highest in the industry.
Bleaching or lightening hair
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.