While our bodies are almost completely covered in tiny, fine hairs, for some people hair may be more noticeable or troublesome. Unwanted hair can be embarrassing for many people, especially women, and can lead to low self-confidence, restricted clothing options or constant shaving or waxing to remove the hair. These problems most often arise in people with light skin and dark hair, although anyone can experience excessive or unwanted hair on the face or body.
Men and women alike are affected by unwanted hair, which often appears on the face, upper lip, neck, chest, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line and legs, although it may appear nearly anywhere on the skin.
If you are experiencing unwanted hair, please schedule a consultation with us to discuss your concerns. Our laser technicians will take the time to evaluate your areas of concern and determine the most effective treatment option for removing or reducing the appearance of unwanted hair through the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques.
Causes of Unwanted Hair
Unwanted hair can develop on the body from a number of different causes. Some patients may be genetically predisposed to develop excessive amounts of hair, while others may experience excessive growth caused by hormonal imbalances and bodily events such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing's syndrome or certain medications can lead to a medical condition known as hirsutism, which involves an overproduction of male hormones in women. Hirsutism may also lead to acne, menstrual abnormalities, a deep voice and diabetes. It is often a chronic condition that leaves women with recurring unwanted hair throughout their lives unless a more permanent solution is sought.
Some people with normal hair growth may simply be bothered by the appearance of hair on their legs, underarms and bikini area, and seek treatment to achieve the smoother skin they desire. Regardless of the underlying factors, unwanted hair is a troubling aesthetic concern for many people.
Treatment for Unwanted Hair
There are many treatment options available for effective removal of unwanted hair, depending on the amount and location of the hair, as well as the patient's desired goals. Temporary treatments such as shaving and waxing are most commonly performed for their convenience and affordability, but require ongoing care to keep the skin smooth and free of hair. Many people frustrated with constantly treating areas of unwanted hair seek a more long-term solution from their doctor in order to achieve the appearance they desire.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal exposes specific areas of the body to beams of laser light that disable active hair follicles and delay or prevent re-growth. Ideal for patents with dark skin, this procedure effectively removes unwanted facial or body hair after a series of treatment sessions. Most patients experience a complete removal or significant reduction in hair growth after treatment and no longer have to worry about ongoing hair removal treatments.