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Hirsutism is abnormal hair growth on a woman’s face or body. Inflammation, insulin resistance, and other factors can drive the ovaries to produce excess androgens (like testosterone) – leading to unusual hair growth.

These hairs are thick, dark, and may show up on the face, upper lip, abdomen, chest, back, arms, etc.

Androgen excess may be a result of hormonal birth control, if the hormonal birth control type contains synthetic progestins with a high androgen index. This may include Depo-Provera, Mirena IUD, Nuvaring, Nexplanon Implant, pills containing levonorgestrel, and others.

While it’s important to address the root cause of why we’re experiencing dark hairs via changes to nutrition, environment, etc (we’ll save for another blog) – it leads us to the topic of how to remove these pesky hairs.

Of course, laser hair removal isn’t limited those dealing with androgen excess issues. I’ve been doing laser hair removal on various areas this past year and can’t say enough good things.

To quote @vivadayspa: ”Laser hair removal utilizes infrared light to eliminate unwanted hair. The high-energy laser light targets pigment in the hair follicle, converting to heat to destroy the follicle & prevent future hair growth. The laser is adjusted according to skin color, hair color, thickness, & location of the hair. The Candela Alexandrite Laser is one of the latest & most effective technologies available.”

Watch out for spas using gel – it may or may not mean a cheaper laser, so results may be less effective & more painful. The Candela laser has a cryogenic attachment that blasts cold air, making treatment quick & painless.

Typically, you’ll need a series of 5-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart to be hair-free. Results can then be maintained with yearly touch-up session.

You’ll shave right before the session. Sessions take anywhere from 20 -60 minutes, depending on the area. 2-3 days later, you’ll exfoliate, shave, and should be pretty much hairless until right around the next appointment.

In order for treatment to be effective, hair needs pigmentation. So blonde, red, white, or grey hair may or may not respond well to laser.

We’d highly suggest doing your research and finding a great laser tech. Although it’s great to save money, maybe shy away from the Groupon on this one (:

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