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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS & Hirsutism

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects 10% of women.  It's a condition associated with hormonal imbalances that cause the ovaries to overproduce androgens (male hormones).  High levels of androgens can result in excess hair growth, acne, other skin conditions etc.


PCOS is a common cause of hirsutism.  Hirsutism is the excessive growth of facial or body hair on women.  Excess androgens is what cause excess hair growth in a male pattern on women eg. face, chest, lower abdomen, back, upper arms or upper legs.  The hair can be seen as coarse dark hair.


The hair will change as laser treatments progress.  It will grow back finer, lighter and less noticeable.  As laser treatments continue you will notice a significant reduction of hair growth.  Clients at Perfect Image Laser have experienced reduction of up to 90% hair loss.  With hirsutism, ongoing maintenance treatments will be required for the management of any remaining hair.


Hormone treatment generally prevents new terminal hairs from developing and may slow the growth rate of existing hairs.


Laser hair removal treatments can remove any hair remaining after hormone therapy.  Because it usually is not possible to cure the hormonal problem that causes hirsutism, ongoing medical treatment is required to manage it.  Hirsutism will return if medical treatment is stopped.  For best results a combination of both treatment methods are ideal.


Visit the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association of Australia for further info and support.


For further information on laser hair removal treatments for PCOS & hirsutism contact Perfect Image Laser.