Hirsutism Permanent Hair Removal Via Electrolysis
Hirsutism and hypertrichosis are extremely common and can affect 10-15% of women. They both involve an increased amount of hair growth, much to the nuisance of many women (and some men). Though the two terms are related, they also refer to somewhat different things:
What's the difference between hypertrichosis and hirsutism?
Hypertrichosis simply means a lot (hyper) of hair (thrix = hair in Greek). But this term is only used to describe excessive hair growth (compared to people of the same sex, age, and ethnicity) in areas in which women are expected to have hair in the first place, such as the legs. Hirsutism, on the other hand, refers to excessive hair growth in areas where women would normally not have hair. In other words, it is a male hair growth pattern on a woman's body.
What causes these conditions?
Hirsutism and hypertrichosis often result from excessive production of or sensitivity to male (androgen) hormones. This can be caused by conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), certain medications, tumors, and pregnancy. These can usually be diagnosed easily by a physician.
How are these conditions treated?
Treatment might include diet modification (for PCOS, for example) or oral medications, including hormonal therapy. These treatments are only moderately effective at reducing the amount of hair, however, and may only lead to an average hair reduction of 25-30%. That's where electrolysis comes in, especially since - and contrary to popular belief - it is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal (laser isn't - read more about it here).
A large percentage of our clients have PCOS and we're extremely familiar with the condition and provide a safe, understanding environment for you to be in - we understand that getting rid of the hair is much more than a superficial cosmetic treatment. We are conveniently located near nine subways, and have the highest safety procedures and the best-trained electrologists, all of whom are Certified Professional Electrologists (CPE) - possibly the only center in NYC to require this.
We know you may have more questions, which is why we offer free, no-pressure (really!) consultations - call us and we'd be happy to find a slot that works for you.
*The information presented in this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, or offer treatment or remedy for any disease or to take the place of your own physician's advice.