PCOS and Laser Hair Removal


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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects approximately affects 1 in 10 women in the UK and can cause various symptoms, including irregular periods, excessive androgen levels leading to hirsutism (excessive facial and body hair), and the development of polycystic ovaries. For women with PCOS who struggle with unwanted hair growth, laser hair removal has emerged as the gold standard treatment option. In this guide, we will discuss how women with PCOS can achieve successful hair removal through laser treatments.

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. It is not uncommon for these women to have experienced distress due to the presence of facial and body hair. Many have previously undergone unsuccessful laser treatment with professionals who may not have had prior experience in dealing with PCOS. Therefore, it is crucial to seek out practitioners with expertise in treating PCOS-related hair growth.

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.

PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

The effectiveness of laser hair removal on PCOS clients can be attributed to the coarse and dark nature of the hair. The targeted laser technology can effectively and selectively destroy the hair follicles, resulting in reduced hair growth over time.

Choose a practitioner with experience

When choosing a practitioner it is important to find someone who specializes in treating women with PCOS, like R2L. We understand the unique challenges faced by those with PCOS and aim to provide compassionate care. Our nurse has worked with many women with these conditions with great results.

Beware of Standarised approaches

Our nurse practitioner at R2L offers expertise in this area and tailors bespoke treatment plans for each client. PCOS clients often require additional treatments due to the underlying condition, but the goal at R2L is to reach a point where clients can be managed on a minimal maintenance program.

Choose the best laser technology

The choice of laser technology also plays a crucial role in the success of treatments for PCOS clients. At R2L, we utilise the latest laser technology, such as the Lumenis Desire Diode Laser. This advanced system ensures fast and effective treatments, with clients experiencing immediate results after each session.

Women with PCOS who struggle with unwanted hair growth can benefit greatly from laser hair removal treatments. By choosing a practitioner experienced in treating PCOS clients, using the latest laser technology, and receiving personalized treatment plans, individuals can achieve successful and effective hair removal results.

If you have any questions on this topic please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk through all your concerns.

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