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The Most Popular Treatment For PCOS Sufferers: Laser Hair Removal

According to the results of a new survey, excess facial and body hair is the biggest concern among women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), with weight gain a close second.

London clinic group Pulse Light Clinic conducted an exclusive survey for Professional Beauty Group among its patient base who suffer from the condition.

78% said excess hair was a concern, with the subsequent most common symptoms being weight gain (57%), irregular periods (56%), thinning hair or hair loss (33%), and severe acne (18%).

65 percent have sought aesthetic treatments to alleviate their issues, the most common of which is laser hair removal (74 percent ).

Food intolerance tests and laser facials were among the answers.

Other responses included food intolerance tests and laser facials.

70% said these treatments helped ease their symptoms, and 81% said they had helped improve their confidence.

 

WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Laser hair removal is a standard non-surgical esthetic treatment.

A concentrated beam of light points at the hair follicle. The hair’s pigment absorbs the light, which then damages the follicle. This process impedes future growth. Because the results vary so much for each person, laser hair removal is considered semi-permanent.

Multiple variables affect laser hair removal outcomes, such as skin color, hair color, laser device used, the wavelength used, and treatment timing.

 

Excessive Hair

On darker skin tones, there are still some myths concerning laser hair removal. Machines significantly heated up both areas because earlier technology had difficulty distinguishing between hair follicles and surrounding skin. The outcomes were frequently unequal, ineffectual, or even harmful.

But that was then, and this is now.

Today's technology provides a variety of laser wavelengths that can be used safely and efficiently on most skin types. For darker skin, the 1,064 nm YAG laser is an excellent option. It can also be used to thin out regions where there is an abundance of hair.

On skin of color, intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser wavelengths other than 1,064 nm (such as 755/810 nm) should not be used. Some merchants will tout the safety and efficacy of their products on darker skin, but I believe it is too dangerous.

Some will tell you that it's totally safe to use on all skin colors as long as low settings are utilized (Fitzpatrick V-VI ) but based on personal experience, IPL has caused the majority of laser injuries that I've observed over the last decade on darker skin types.

It is always better to err on the side of caution and ensure that your laser technician is both adequately educated and experienced.

 

Ingrown Hairs and Razor Bumps

Many people with darker skin, especially those with curly hair, struggle with irritated hair follicles, which create these. Hyperpigmentation, discomfort, and keloid scarring can occur if the condition is managed incorrectly (or not treated at all).

Laser hair removal treatments are safe and effective for skin of all colors because they remove the hair follicle, which reduces inflammation.