Hair Removal FAQs
- Is hair removal safe?
- Can't I just shave the extra hair off?
- Why do some women have hirsutism?
- Who is most likely to experience hirsutism?
- How do I know that I have hirsutism?
- What should I do if I think I have hirsutism?
- Which is the most effective hair removal method?
- Are there any risks associated with hirsutism?
- Is hirsutism dangerous?
- Can men get hirsutism?
Hair removal is generally considered to be safe, but some methods of hair removal carry more risks than others. For example, medical procedures such as electrolysis and laser treatment should only be carried out by a qualified medical professional. Prescription medications such as Vaniqa are clinically proven to be safe as well as effective, but as with all prescription medications there is a small risk of side effects.
Yes, but in the case of hirsutism you will likely find that you would need to shave far more often than normal, in some cases as often as every day.
Most cases of hirsutism occur with no medical explanation, and this is known as idiopathic hirsutism. However, some cases are associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, certain medical conditions or particular medications.
Hirsutism can affect any woman of any age. It is not considered to be more or less likely in post-menopausal women than pre-menopausal women. As it is caused by an excess in or sensitivity to androgens, it can occur to any woman for any number of reasons.
If you are experiencing hirsutism then you will notice the excessive growth of hair that is coarser, thicker and darker than your normal hair. This hair may grow on your face, neck, thighs, chest and stomach. You may also notice acne, oily skin and a deepening of your voice.
You should always talk to your GP if you think you may be suffering from any kind of medical condition, and hirsutism is no exception. Your GP will be able to advise you further on what treatment, if any, you should seek.
Every available treatment method is effective in its own way, but some methods are more long-term than others, and some carry a greater risk of injury or side effects. For example, though shaving will effectively remove any excess hair, it will only do so for an extremely short amount of time. On the other hand, though electrolysis can sometimes lead to permanent hair removal, the procedure does carry risks.
Hirsutism can have a negative effect on an individual's self-image and self-esteem. In some cases, hair removal methods which are designed to combat hirsutism can cause folliculitis, which is an inflammation of a hair follicle.
No, this medical condition is not considered to be physically dangerous, though it can negatively impact a person's self-esteem.
No, hirsutism is considered to only affect women.