PCOS and Laser Hair Removal


normal ovary, polycystic ovary

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a health condition that affects 1 in 10 women in the UK. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Although it is thought abnormal hormone levels could be to blame.

The three main features of PCOS

  • Irregular periods: resulting in the ovaries not releasing eggs (ovulation) regularly.
  • Excessive Androgen: high levels of male hormones which may cause excessive facial and or body hair (hirsutism) 
  • Polycystic Ovaries: the ovaries become enlarged and develop many follicles that surround the eggs, however, these follicles are unable to release an egg. This means that ovulation does not take place. 

It is highly probable that if a woman presents with two of the above symptoms she may be diagnosed medically with PCOS. 

We often see women with PCOS. This results in facial and body hair which often causes distress. This can be coupled with having had unsuccessful laser treatment with professionals who haven’t had previous experience of dealing with PCOS. 

How can I get successful hair removal with PCOS?

While shaving, waxing, and threading can reduce the hair in the short term, it’s unlikely to have the desired effect. Laser hair removal treatment is the gold standard when treating PCOS. Laser Hair removal treatments are particularly effective on PCOS clients as the hair tends to be coarse and dark.

Choose a practitioner with experience

At R2L we specialise in treating women who suffer from PCOS. We are sympathetic and recognise that women have often endured many years of suffering from excessive facial and body hair.

Beware of Standarised approaches

A standarised approach is unlikely to have a good result for PCOS clients. Our nurse practitioner offers her expertise in this area by tailoring a bespoke treatment plan for every individual client. This group of clients will often require additional treatments due to their underlying condition, our aim at R2L is to achieve a point at which clients can be managed on a minimal maintenance programme only.

Choose the best laser technology

At R2L we use the latest laser technology (Lumenis Desire Diode Laser) to deliver fast and effective treatments, the client will see immediate results after each treatment.

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