Clear the hair!
Unwanted facial hair is often a bothering and embarrassing beauty concern for women. Dr JAMUNA PAI guides your way out of the issue.
Facial and body hair that’s generally soft, thin and vellus often becomes a nuisance when it stops being just that. Presence of coarse hair on the face, especially on the upper lip, chin or side locks — the male areas of hair distribution — ends up as not too pleasing to the eye. Also known as hirsutism, this unwanted growth can be a cause of concern and embarrassment for women.
Excessive ‘male pattern’ hair growth may or may not be associated with other conditions such as acne, irregular menstrual cycle, unexplained weight gain, pigmentation patches on the face, ‘in-growth’ of hair post-waxing etc. Hirsutism is a harmless condition but due to the cosmetic impact, many women find it agonising.
Unwanted facial hair growth tends to run in families or it can be due to a probable hormonal imbalance. Due to polycystic ovarian syndrome or due to a problem in the adrenal gland, there can be elevated levels of testosterone or adrenal hormones which result in excessive hair growth. It can also be seen during post partum (after delivery) and menopausal period as the body is subjected to major hormonal changes.
Once the cause of excess hair growth is diagnosed, it is easier to arrest the symptoms. Hormonal levels need to be kept under control. But without an intervention, even multiple sittings of the best hair removal laser treatments may not have long-lasting effects.
Laser hair removal is one of the most sought-after treatments to reduce unwanted hair. If performed under all safety guidelines by a medical professional, do not worry about side effects except a little redness of the skin, which settles down in a couple of hours. Other measures include: Plucking and waxing are fairly safe and inexpensive. However, they can be painful and scarring; acne aggravation or skin darkening may occur. Bleaching or lightening hair can make the hair less noticeable. Electrolysis, which uses electrical current to damage individual hair follicles, also helps. This method is expensive, and multiple treatments are needed. Swelling, scarring, and redness of the skin may occur.