Excess body hair can affect both men and women and can be present on area of the body, including the face. Whilst body hair is normal, some people have the preference to shave or wax the hair off, especially in areas such as the upper lip, underarms and legs.
Body hair occurs due to the hormone called Androgens. Both men and women have Androgens, however men typically have higher levels of them, which is why men are often seen to have more body and facial hair. If a woman is experiencing excessive body hair growth, this is known as Hirsutism. This is where coarse and dark body hair grows in places where typically only men experience hair growth, such as the face, chest and back.
Hirsutism can be caused by a few different health conditions, such as Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), so therefore it is important to discuss this issue with your GP if it is of concern to you. Aside from this, due to genetics and ethnicity, some people may experience darker and thicker body hair than others, which may make them self-conscious and lead them to shaving, waxing and bleaching the hairs.
These methods of hair removal are effective, however they do not offer a longer term solution. Laser Hair Removal is one of the only long-term hair removal options and is one that we offer at the clinics. A full course of around six sessions is recommended to start with to effectively stop the hair growth pattern. From this you will see a significant reduction in hair growth, often even after the first few sessions.