It’s thought that polycystic ovary syndrome is thought to affect around 1 in every 5 women in the UK. With it being this common, there are treatments available to combat the unwanted symptoms and physical traits associated with PCOS that are very liberating for those who choose them. One of those treatments is laser hair removal, and it can be a confidence-boosting and self-affirming treatment.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has three main ‘features’:
- Irregular periods, which means regular ovulation does not take place
- Excess androgen, which are high levels of the male hormones in your body that cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair
- Polycystic ovaries, which is when your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled follicles that around the eggs (though these aren’t technically cysts)
The signs of PCOS usually make themselves known in your late teens or early twenties and can include irregular or no menstruation, difficulty getting pregnant, excessive hair growth on the face, chest, back, or buttocks, thinning head hair, and oily skin. While there is no cure for PCOS, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can help with these signs. Professional skincare treatments may help with acne and oil production, a healthy diet and exercise can better some physiological symptoms, and laser hair removal can help with unwanted body and facial hair.
Laser hair removal for PCOS
Laser hair removal for PCOS is a very liberating treatment for lots of women seeking to permanently reduce the amount of masculine body and facial hair they encounter. Areas such as the back, buttocks, face, chest, and stomach are common treatment areas as these are typically the areas that don’t encounter thick hair on a female body. Laser hair removal works well on thick, dark hair on the face or body. Ask your doctor whether you are able to receive this treatment on the NHS and we may be able to help you here.
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal uses highly concentrated light energy to ‘zap’ the hairs. These powerful flashes of light are absorbed by the pigments in the hair and translated down to the root that is destroyed or permanently damaged. This treatment lessens the follicle’s ability to produce another hair, reducing the hair growth in the area. It’s estimated that you’ll need 4 – 8 treatments to see a difference, and the full course of 8 treatments is recommended in order to exact long-term change that produces the most effective results for your treated area. This treatment can be used on certain areas of the face and for ‘sideburns’ too, but we’ll assess your individual needs at your initial consultation so that we may devise a personalised treatment plan.
Laser hair removal in London is only safe and effective when in trained medical hands, such as those that make up the team of the Private Skin Laser Clinic. We treat each patient journey as unique and entirely personalise it to your needs, always providing you with the best aftercare and advice for your specific skin type. Get in touch today on 020 7435 7521 to book your confidential appointment.