Both men and women can suffer with unwanted body hair. Some men dislike the body hair they have on their chests and others suffer with body hair on their backs, which can make them self conscious on holiday or in the swimming pool.
For women unwanted body hair can have an even more psychologically disturbing presence and cause anxiety and depression. Unwanted body hair in women more often appears on the face around the chin and upper lip areas. Although some women choose to pluck, bleach or shave the unwanted hairs, this is only a temporary solution that can often make it worse and even encourage ingrown hairs in some people.
The exact causes of excessive and unwanted body hair are not known. In women the condition is called hirsutism and often runs in families. It is often caused by a hormonal imbalance and in some cases is a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women with hirsutism often have higher levels of male hormones present. Other factors that can cause unwanted hair growth are certain prescribed medicines and steroids.
In men unwanted hair growth tends to be genetic and is often an indicator of higher levels of testosterone in the system.
Unwanted and excessive body hair can be embarrassing and laser hair removal offers a long lasting solution to the problem. At 111 Harley Street, we use the very latest in laser technology to remove a patient’s body hair. We will sit down with you before we begin any treatment and find out exactly what results you are hoping to achieve. Results will vary depending on the type of hair you have and its thickness. It will be necessary to have a course of treatments so that we catch the hair at every time in its growth cycle, but after just eight treatments you should see a 60% hair reduction.
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