Excessive Hair & Hirsutism

Excessive hair on the face or body can be embarrassing or distressing to live with, but for many women and men it is easily resolved with either laser or electrolysis hair removal treatments.
 
Hirsutism is the medical term for excessive hair growth, and it's mainly a female problem that affects 5-15% of women. Women suffering with hirsutism often have long-term underlying medical issues that cause the excessive hair growth, and although the hair growth will continue whilst these issues remain active, we can still help manage unwanted hair and drastically reduce the visible symptoms.

Female facial hirsutism

Example of hirsutism, excessive hair, on a young womanFemale facial hirsutism is typically found above the upper lip and lower face, including the chin, sideburns area, lower jaw and neck. The hair tends to be thick and dark rather than fine and fair. Asian and Hispanic women particularly suffer incidences of hirsutism.
 
Hirsutism is associated with an excess, or greater sensitivity, to androgens in your body. In many cases, it's not clear why this happens. Some women develop excessive hair growth as they get older, particularly after the menopause, but for 70-80% of younger women, affected by hirsutism, the most common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - a condition that can cause irregular periods and cysts on the ovaries.
 
If you are concerned that you might suffer with hirsutism, then it is important that you discuss the matter with your GP first, so that they can review your health and provide guidance before we start any hair management treatment plan.
 
While the NHS does provides excellent support to manage any underlying health issues that may be discovered - it does not provide laser or electrolysis treatments to remove the visible symptoms of excessive hair growth. However, your GP may discuss with you the use of oral contraceptive pills or Eflornithine cream, which is a prescription medicine, to slow the rate of hair growth.

GP hirsutism referral

If your GP writes a referral letter to us prescribing hair removal treatments for excessive hair resulting from hirsutism that is causing you anxiety or depression then we can provide your course of hair removal VAT free - saving you 20%.

What do hair removal plans cost?

To ensure treatments are safe and appropriate for you, a consultation and test patch is required at the start which takes 30 mins and costs £25. For electrolysis hair removal of fine fair / grey hairs an estimate can only be given at the consultation when the area is assessed. For darker, thicker hair laser hair removal is the best solution and a course of 6 treatments is provided below:
 
Course of 6  Cost (excl VAT)
Upper lip £371
Lower face (including chin, jawline and side burns) £521
Neck £413
Lower back £746

 

Safety restrictions allow our laser to treat European, Asian and Hispanic skin tones, but not Afro-Caribbean skin tones. For darker shades of Asian, Hispanic and Afro-Caribbean skin tones, which can not be treated by the laser, electrolysis may be an alternative.

 
 

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is by the fastest and most efficient way to remove unwanted or excessive hair. Christie explains how convenient she found laser hair removal and how it benefits her in her working life. An investment at her age that will last a lifetime.

However, lasers can not treat all hair colours or be used on darker skin tones which is when electrolysis hair removal is more appropriate.

What is involved in laser hair removal?

Your journey to smooth hair free skin starts with a consultation and test patch to ensure your skin will not have an adverse reaction to the laser light. Next are 6 treatments 4-6 weeks apart. The spacing between treatments matches the cycle of hair growth to ensure the maximum number of hair follicles are treated.During this period our laser will reduce your hair growth by at least 80%. Find out more about the specifics of our laser for treating hair removal.

Electrolysis hair removal

Electrolysis hair removal works on ALL hair colours and can be used on ALL skin types and colours to remove unwanted hair.

However, electrolysis hair removal treatments are time consuming and depending on the treated area can be uncomfortable. This treatment is best suited for unwanted blonde, grey and white hairs that cannot be treated using a laser or hairs located on the body where it is not safe to use a laser.

Fair, grey & white hair removal

Many women encounter hair growth on the top lip as they age. Often the hair colour is very light, grey or white making it impossible to remove with laser treatments. Fortunately for most women the hair growth is limited, sometimes with just individual hairs appearing - in these situations electrolysis hair removal is the perfect treatment.

Stages of electrolysis hair removal

Step 1: A tiny probe (about the same diameter as the hair) is inserted down into your hair follicle opening already present in the skin.

Step 2: The probe is charged with a tiny amount of electrical current and you will feel either a build up of warmth concentrated in the locality or a sensation similar to a slight sting. 

Step 3: The hair is gently released from the follicle with tweezers leaving you hair free. The hair slides out easily without traction.The procedure is repeated on each individual unwanted hair to clear the area as much as possible within a given time frame whilst taking skin reaction into consideration. 

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