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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Laser Hair Removal

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Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects 5%-10% of women. The diagnosis of PCOS is made when a woman has two of the following three characteristics: 1) inability to release an egg from the ovaries on a regular (monthly) basis (chronic anovulation), 2) increased male hormone levels and/or an increase in hair in the midline of the body (hyperandrogenism), and 3) polycystic-appearing ovaries on ultrasound.

Most women who have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome experience excessive hair growth. The excessive hair can grow anywhere on the body, but is especially unwanted on the face. The hair is usually coarse and stubby and tends to grow in dark. This can take away women’s confidence and make them feel masculine.

Enter laser hair removal! Laser hair removal is the perfect treatment to deal with excessive hair growth.  Laser treatments may be used on large areas of the body as well as the face. During laser hair treatment, a beam of light is passed through the skin to the hair follicle to destroy it. People with light skin and dark hair usually achieve the best results with laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal can be moderately painful, depending on the area of skin being treated, and multiple treatments usually are required. A numbing creme may be applied before treatment to help with the mild discomfort. Laser hair removal is very effective in removing unwanted hair.  Give our office a call today to schedule your first appointment or learn more about how laser hair removal can help you remove unsightly hair from your body.