Dealing with PCOS or know someone who is? Find out how laser hair removal can help.
WHAT IS PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a complex hormonal condition causing abnormal growths on the ovaries. The term ‘polycystic’ means ‘many cysts’, meaning many partially grown follicles form on the ovaries, which each contain an egg. These rarely grow to maturity or produce eggs that can be fertilised.
While the cause of this remains unclear, woman experiencing PCOS will often have high levels of insulin, or male hormones called androgens. The symptoms can vary in intensity, however PCOS can cause severe long-lasting problems if not correctly managed.
It is relatively common, affecting 12 to 18 percent of women of reproductive age (between late adolescence and menopause). However almost 70% of these cases remain undiagnosed.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Amenorrhoea (no periods)
- Scalp hair loss
- Reduced fertility (difficulty in becoming pregnant)
- Mood changes – including anxiety and depression
- Sleep apnoea
- Excess hair growth on face, abdomen, areola, chest or thighs
The severity of these symptoms can vary between individuals and can be managed in different ways. Common management options include a healthy, balanced diet as well as the contraceptive pill. It is important to find options that you are comfortable with long term, rather than options that may simply mask problems temporarily.
HOW CAN LASER HAIR REMOVAL HELP?
While many of the symptoms above are difficult to treat, excess hair growth is something that can be managed. The sudden increase in body hair is often associated with lowered self esteem and issues relating to body image, particularly in areas where the individual had not experienced growth previously.
Fortunately, laser hair removal is a great option for removing unwanted hair. Unlike shaving or waxing, which provides short term results, laser can extend the period of time in which an individual will have no hair, as well as assist the growth to come back significantly finer, lighter and less noticeable. This can significantly reduce the visible impact of PCOS for the individual and assist to boost their confidence.
For all laser hair removal clients, MALC recommends a treatment plan of 8-10 sessions for a reduction of up to 80%. It is important to note that those who have PCOS or anyone removing hair from facial areas will require ongoing maintenance.
WHY MIGHT I NEED MORE SESSIONS?
Laser hair removal will not impact the internal hormonal irregularities that stimulate hair growth. The growth associated with PCOS is particularly persistent. Once a desired reduction in hair growth has been reached, it is important that the client books regular maintenance sessions. While this varies from person to person, 6-12 week cycles are common, with more frequent visits necessary for the face and less frequent for the body.
The experienced clinicians at MALC will provide you with a recommended treatment plan as well as analyse your progress at each treatment to ensure the best results for you.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE MALC IF YOU HAVE PCOS?
At Medical Aesthetic Laser Clinic, we use Syneron Candela GentleLase Pro and GentleMax Pro lasers for our hair removal treatments. This technology is the best available, providing safe and effective results for a range of skin types.
We are ran by cosmetic nurses and highly value education, providing extensive training for our experienced clinicians. Given the sensitive nature of treatments for PCOS, this is vital as treatment performed incorrectly can stimulate hair growth and even cause burns or pigmentation.
MALC also understands that the condition may cause an individual to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. Customer service is our utmost priority and we allow longer appointments so that we can make all clients feel comfortable, allow plenty of opportunity for questions and provide exceptional results.
Our team of senior therapists understand the delicate nature of these conditions, and we can also refer clients to local doctors and specialists within our network to assist in the further diagnosis and management of PCOS
Our founders and nurses, Fadia and Zena have been treating clients dealing with PCOS for over 20 years. If you have this condition, or any unwanted hair growth, book
a complimentary consultation at MALC to find out how laser hair removal can benefit you.