Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Many of our female clients come in seeking permanent hair removal for unwanted hair growth caused by Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a medical condition affecting millions of women around the world. Among the symptoms of this hormonal imbalance are unwanted hair growth, irregular menstrual cycles, fertility-related complications, and more.
Increased androgens are the primary cause of unwanted hair growth – also called Hirsutism. Androgens typically occur in high levels in males, and low levels in females. Increased androgen caused by PCOS results in male-pattern hair growth for many women, including on unwanted facial hair. Certain PCOS medications target unwanted hair growth, however they are not long-term solutions, and hair growth typically returns if one discontinues use of the medication. Similarly, hair removal methods like laser hair removal and intense pulsed light (IPL) may work to temporarily reduce hair growth but, the only permanent solution is electrolysis. Electrolysis targets and destroys the hair follicle itself, so while the hormonal imbalance may not be resolved, the follicle is no longer able to produce hair.