Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - Let's talk.
Updated: Feb 25
Living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can be a miserable experience. For the thousands of women diagnosed with the condition, the symptoms can range from moderate to severe and one of the most noticeable is excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism.
Most women accept hair in inconvenient places as a part of getting older; particularly towards menopause. However, this is usually fine hair and something to lament about with their friends. Hair growth associated with PCOS is usually darker, coarser and may appear in places you wouldn’t normally expect – like the chest, face, tummy and buttocks. Hair growth like this is down to extra production of testosterone.
As you might expect, thousands of pounds are spent on hair removal products that offer only temporary relief. So, is it time to consider laser hair removal?
At Imogen’s Laser Skin Clinic, we are committed to helping women to regain self confidence that might have been lost through this condition. However, it is important to understand how laser hair removal works - and it’s results - before embarking on a new course of treatments:
Firstly, it is impossible to guarantee a result because hair growth may continue despite treatment. Results are dependent on the individual as some people may need more regular maintenance than others. A client will usually have an idea of how fast their hair grows and where it is most problematic.
Secondly, due to the sensitivity of PCOS, a client with this condition will be given an in-depth consultation to go over any medication, their hopes for desired results and have a patch test done on each area wanting to be treated. This helps your therapist to get to know you better and advise you at every step of the process.
Thirdly, it is important to remember that it can take 2-4 weeks for the hair to shed. The hair growth will be slowed down and become finer, and you may notice a change after the first treatment. However, it will take a course of treatment to destroy the hair follicle completely.
Facial hair treatments are booked in every 4-6 weeks and body hair is 6-8 weeks. This catches the hair at the correct stage of growth.
Please remember it is fine to shave in between treatments but don’t wax, epilate or pluck out the new hairs. Lasers are attracted to the hair pigment under the skin so if it isn’t there anymore, there won’t be anything to zap away! You will need to wait even longer between treatments for the root to reform. And do exfoliate gently to encourage dead roots to fall out and prevent nasty bumps or rashes.
For any questions about laser hair removal and to book in with us please click here or call 01444 215318.