All areas of the body can be treated with the exeption of under the brows as this is too close to the eyes and can be dangerous.
Bikini - under arms - legs - back - mens beard
These areas have thick, coarse and dark hairs which are more easily detected by laser light and hence have better results.
Under arms is another area that tends to need top ups after initial level of treatments but these are far and few inbetween. Areas such as lower legs and bikini can have results close to 90%+
DON'T DELAY! ONCE HAIRS TURN GREY THERE IS LITTLE THAT LASERS OR IPLS CAN DO FOR YOU.
Finer and lighter hairs are harder to treat. Grey and blonde hairs cannot be treated at all. There needs to be pigment in the hair for lasers to work.
Level of effectiveness on facial hairs are sometimes trigered by hormones and can take much longer to treat. These hairs are also finer then the rest of the body so more difficult to treat.
We advice that you manage your expectations and start treatments with an aim to reducing and not eleminating hair growth in such areas. For those with conditions that can imbalance hormone levels or are on medications that stimulate hair growth may need to have regular top up treatments.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) & Laser Hair Removal
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS is a condition that affects between 10-15% of women of reproductive age. PCOS is when a number of minute cysts form around the edge of a womans ovaries. It is also characterised by excess production of androgens (male-type hormones such as testosterone).
Many women have polycystic ovaries without having the syndrome (i.e. without any other symptoms), and conversely some women will be diagnosed with the syndrome even though they have normal looking ovaries upon ultrasound investigation.
If there is a history of PCOS in the family, the chances are that you will also suffer from it.
PCOS is frequently associated with the following symptoms, which can be mild to severe:
- Absent or infrequent periods (oligomenorrhoea).
- Periods can be as frequent as every five to six weeks, but might only occur once or twice a year, if at all;
- Increased excessive facial and body hair growth (hirsutism). Usually found under the chin, on the upper lip, forearms
lower legs and on the abdomen (usually a vertical line of hair up to the belly);
- Acne on the face;
- Infrequent or absent periods are linked with very occasional ovulation, which significantly reduces the likelihood of
- Overweight an obesity as the body cells are resistant to the sugar-control hormone insulin. This insulin resistance
prevents cells using sugar in the blood normally and the sugar is stored as fat instead;
- Miscarriage (sometimes recurrent).
Treatment may involve hormone medication aimed at normalising hormone balance and reducing associated symptoms, including excessive hair growth.
Hair Removal for Women with PCOS
Excessive hair growth or hirsutism is a common side effect of PCOS. Excess hair growth can be addressed with the usual waxing, bleaching, shaving, electrolysis, plucking and depilatory creams.
Laser being a light based treatments do not interfere with medication, excessive hair growth can be treated at any stage of the medical treatment, however, unwanted hair growth in women is hormonally driven, until hormonal imbalances are resolved, increased hair growth may continue in spite of hair removal treatments.
Where for most women, laser hair removal may be a permanent reduction in hair growth, for women with PCOS, hair removal is an on-going management technique. Laser treatments will however significantly reduce the amount of hair present and slow down re-growth. For example, women threading on a weekly basis may find that they only require laser treatment every 6 weeks- 2months as a long term maintenance
For people with or without PCSO, a course of treatments, perhaps 5 – 8 sessions are required to catch all hairs during the active or ‘anagen’ stage of hair growth. Thereafter, long-interval top-ups may be required in some areas to catch the new follicles as they come into growth, Those with PCOS differ from others in that the underlying hormone imbalance in PCOS causes new hair follicles to be created at a much faster rate than in non-PCOS people such that treatment may be a recurrent course of regular laser sessions unless and until hormone levels are rebalanced through medical treatment.