Dealing with unwanted hair every month might be challenging, but when coping with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hair growth removal is at least exhausting. Those thick, black, sprouting hairs are the issue for many women out there. Sadly, the statistics have shown that many haven’t been educated on PCOS. We should all ask ourselves what actually causes PCOS and what is the most convenient PCOS hair growth treatment?
Action of hormones called androgens
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition. Symptoms of this endocrine system disorder includes excessive hair growth in combination with acne, irregular periods, weight gain and baldness. Excessive production of testosterone and other male hormones a.k.a. androgens cause ovarian cysts. They are present in both man and women, although women have much lower levels of active androgens.
So, how does it affect you? Secreted by ovaries, androgens are produced locally, too, in the hair follicile. They actually act on the growth phase of the hair cycle, causing hirsutism. The coarse, dark hair usually grows in areas where women typically have a little or no hair at all: above the lip and on the chin, back, chest and abdomen.
Permanent hair removal as an ultimate PCOS hair growth treatment
Comparing to conventional methods like shaving or waxing, permanent hair removal provides longer lasting results. There are two types of permanent hair removal: electrolysis and laser treatment. Both treatments require an eminent aesthetic medical provider and are considered to be safe if preformed properly.
In comparison to electrolysis, laser therapy is:
- much more time consuming – it destroys hair by targeting the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle and may be used on large areas of the body.
- less painful – electolysis requires needle probes to be inserted into every hair folliciles. Yes, that’s right: they are treated one at the time.
- people with light skin and dark hair usually achieve better results
- safer in terms of discoloration
When it comes to PCOS hair growth treatment, many women were thrilled when laser hair removal was approved by FDA. With appropriate therapy, there is up to a 70% reduction in hair density in treated areas. Most people require six to eight treatments, approximately four to six weeks apart. Maintenance treatment might be required, usually once or twice a year.