Will Laser Hair Removal Work Despite Hormonal Imbalances?

September 16, 2010 in Hair Removal 101,Laser hair removal

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The presence of excessive hair due to hormonal imbalances is a bothersome condition, and many sufferers become interested in laser hair removal as a way of removing their excess hair. The excess production of androgens (male hormones) is often responsible for the extra hair growth, which can appear in various places of the face and body.

There can be a number of medical conditions why people are experiencing an increase in hair growth, but these conditions are usually related to hormonal imbalances. Some females have a condition called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which can lead to excess hair growth. Other women suffer from hirsutism, which is a condition that also develops excess hair. Excess hair growth due to hormonal imbalances is more common in women, and although it can also occur in men, it is more difficult to recognize because males are expected to be hairier than women. Hirsutism can be extremely distressing for a woman. More than anything, it is a major cosmetic problem and can also cause psychological issues, such as depression.

There are also a number of other conditions that can increase the male hormones in a woman, but regardless of the cause, what many women with excess hair growth have in common is the desire to remove the hair. And while laser hair removal can achieve excellent results in a healthy person, this may not be the case for someone with hormonal imbalances.

Before undergoing laser hair removal, it would be wise for a woman to determine that the cause of her hair growth is not hormonal. If there are possible symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, such as abnormal growth of hair, a doctor should be consulted to determine the underlying causes before laser hair removal treatments are started.

Someone with underlying hormonal issues causing their extra hair growth probably won’t see good results from laser hair removal until the condition has been cured. The main problem being that new hair will continue to develop no matter how much of the “current” hair is treated by the laser. Medication might be needed to stabilize the hormonal imbalance.

Most practitioners agree that laser hair removal will not be beneficial to someone with hormonal imbalances. Also because it is hard to know exactly how a person with a hormonal imbalance will respond to a laser hair removal treatment. There are cases where laser hair removal has increased the hair in patients with hormonal imbalances, and the reason why is not clear.

While laser hair removal may or may not have a small benefit to those suffering from hormonal imbalances, it is best to wait until the hormonal imbalance is resolved. When the imbalance is under control, laser hair removal treatments can be started and excellent results can be achieved.

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