Female Facial Hair
At Thérapie Clinic we see many female clients who are embarrassed about their facial hair.
Laser hair removal can be a cost-effective solution, although if you have ongoing difficulties with facial hair it may be due to an underlying medical issue, such as PCOS and you should see your GP.
Laser hair removal for women
A study in the Dermatology Journal found that around 40% of women report having some degree of unwanted facial hair.
Hirsuitism is the term used in medicine for excess body hair presenting in regions characteristic of male hair growth.
Many of the possible causes can be put in three broad categories: inherited/familial or ethnic factors; side effects of certain medications & hormonal factors, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Excess hair is still a relatively taboo subject for most women to speak about openly, and many suffer in silence, trying to take measures by themselves to rid themselves of the unwanted hair, such as daily shaving at home.
According to the 2007 study in the Dermatology Journal:
- Almost 80% of women feel embarrassed by their unwanted facial hair
- Almost 90% of women surveyed would feel more conﬁdent if they didn’t have facial hair
- Over a third (37%) would like to see better awareness among healthcare professionals and the general public
- Only 13% of women had approached a GP or other health professional for advice.
There are a number of hair reduction lasers and light based treatments on the market so it’s always important to research.
Be aware that a light based treatment such as IPL (intense pulsed light) is not the same as Laser, and that Thérapie Clinic use medical grade lasers as a more effective method of hair removal.
Aside from choosing which treatment and knowing the experience of the practitioner it is important to remember hair grows in stages.
Hair follicles need to be targeted at a specific phase of development for complete reduction, which is why a course of laser treatments is needed:
Anagen – the growing phase, which can last a few years
Catagen – the transitional, or cessation phase, which lasts 2-3 weeks
Telogen – the resting phase, which lasts a few months and after which the hair detaches from the follicle and is shed as the new hair begins to grow