That’s why many women who have PCOS seek to have laser hair removal for PCOS. But can someone with PCOS get laser hair removal? Will it work? And what are your best options? Let’s take a more detailed look at this often sensitive issue.
What is PCOS?
Firstly, before we dive into the ins and outs of PCOS laser hair removal, let’s look at what exactly PCOS is. PCOS is a common condition that is thought to affect roughly 1 in 10 women in the UK. PCOS affects how your ovaries work and can result in symptoms such as -
- Irregular periods
- Excessive facial hair caused by high levels of androgens (male hormones)
- Polycystic ovaries – this is when your ovaries become enlarged and your eggs become surrounded by follicles (fluid-filled sacs)
However, many women with PCOS don’t experience any of the above symptoms – so you might have it, and not even know! PCOS can also result in issues such as -
- Acne or oily skin
- Problems getting pregnant
- Weight gain
- Hair loss or thinning hair on your head
Can you get Laser Hair Removal with PCOS?
Excessive hair growth on your face and body is possibly the most embarrassing and annoying symptom to do with PCOS. Thankfully, with advances in aesthetic technology, laser hair removal with PCOS is totally possible.
What is the Best Laser Hair Removal Machine for PCOS?
At Este, we use the Soprano machine for our facial laser hair removal. This machine works well on all skin and hair types and can be used across multiple areas of the face including -
- Between eyebrows
- Upper lip
The Soprano Platinum and Soprano Titanium machines are ice cold when they come into contact with your skin. This ensures your skin is kept comfortable while the laser works to target your hair follicles. As these laser hair removal machines work, they heat up to a temperature which ensures the targeted hair follicles are destroyed, thus inhibiting and preventing any future hair growth.
Kill the Hair!
The main thing you need to know about laser hair removal is that laser can only destroy the hair follicle when your hair is in its anagen stage. This is when it’s in its active growth phase. So, if it’s hit with laser during this time (which only lasts around two to three weeks), the hair attracts the laser and absorbs it which then destroys – or severely damages - the hair follicle. Then it’s ‘bye bye hair’!
Can Laser Hair Removal Work for PCOS?
If you’ve been considering laser hair removal and have been wondering, ‘does laser hair removal work on face with PCOS?’ then you’ll be pleased to hear that, yes, it does. Hair growth can be reduced after having a course of laser hair removal PCOS treatment. However, you do need to manage your expectations when it comes to laser hair removal PCOS results.
For the best results, you will need to book in for a course of treatments – we recommend 8 sessions as a minimum. Once you’ve had all of your treatments, you may then need further top-up treatments from time to time. This all depends on how well your body responds to treatment. Once you’ve had your course of sessions you may notice -
- Reduction in your hair growth
- Hair that does grow back may be finer and thinner
- Hair growth can be less frequent
- Skin stays smooth for a longer period of time
Why Choose Laser Hair Removal for PCOS?
Any woman who doesn’t have PCOS knows what a pain even regular hair removal is, but when you have to deal with hair removal on your face, back, chest, tummy, buttocks, or neck, it’s so much more time consuming – not to mention soul-destroying. Dealing with hirsutism has a habit of seriously denting your confidence and self-worth. When you choose to tackle your excess hair problem head on with laser hair removal, you are making a positive change to your predicament.
With laser hair removal, hair is dealt with at the root. When you shave, pluck, wax, buff, or use hair removal cream you are simply getting rid of the problem temporarily. With laser hair removal you will be reducing your hair growth. Yes, you will have to invest time and commitment, but think of all the razor blades you’ll save.
Imagine not having to deal with ingrown hairs, razor burn, bumpy irritated skin, or discovering a rogue chin hair on the school run. When you invest in laser hair removal, you won’t just enjoy many, many, more hair-free days, you’ll enjoy a boost in confidence too, and a lot more time which doesn’t have to be devoted to hair removal.
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December 6, 2022