January 11, 2016

Unwanted hair is common on the upper lip, chin, cheeks, back, arms, armpits, legs, fingers, feet, and toes.

It can have many causes, including genetics, certain medications such as steroids, higher levels of certain hormones, and for some women it is due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – increased male hormones in the blood (androgens).

The normal amount of hair varies for every person. Most women have fine hair on their chin, above the lips, abdomen and back but some have dark and coarse hairs on these areas. This condition is called hirsutism which is a hair growth that is distinctive to most men. Hirsutism is a harmless condition but very bothersome and embarrassing for women.

Both men and women alike now desire to remove their unwanted hairs to achieve smooth and clear skin. Among the recommended treatments are laser and light hair removal technologies. Cutera® Laser Hair Removal is recommended for very dark skin types including tanned patients. For dark to medium skin types, it is recommended to use a light treatment such as Touch Elite with LHE (Light & Heat Energy) Hair Removal Technology and ProWave IPL Hair Removal.

The recommended treatments depend on various factors (social downtime, urgency to address concerns and budget) and will be discussed during consultation.