body issues - hair removal

Excessive Hair Growth
Two main types of excessive hair growth may occur:

1) Hirsutism

This is the growth of coarse terminal hair in women in areas where hair is commonly found on men e.g. strong hair growing on a woman’s face, thighs, abdomen and back. Hirsutism most commonly occurs after the menopause or may be present in some women as a result of familial or racial traits. Other causes of hirsutism include:

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
Cushing’s Syndrome

Drug Induced:
Anabolic Steroids
Psoralens used in PUVA light therapy.

2) Hypertrichosis
This is an excessive growth of hair that may be generalised all over the body or localised to one area. It may be caused by a metabolic disturbance, drugs or can be a feature of a benign lesion such as a mole.

The most common causes of Hypertrichosis include:
Anorexia Nervosa
Developmental Defects associated with Hurlers’ syndrome and others
Tumours (hypertrichosis lanuginose)
Drugs including minoxidil and cyclosporin

Treatments offered at Beacon Face & Dermatology include medical screening for an underlying cause and treatment of same if found. Excess hair can then be removed using our highly effective lasers. This is a very well tolerated, quick, simple procedure which is repeated at monthly intervals resulting in significant permanent hair reduction.


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