Excess Hair Is Treatable
She may first try a dermatologist or cosmetic treatments such as electrolysis.
reproductive endocrinologist Ricardo Azziz, M.D., says excessive hair
could signal health problems, especially if it is coupled with other
symptoms like irregular periods, infertility, acne and scalp hair loss.
Four percent of reproductive-age women suffer from a complicated
genetic disorder known as polycystic ovary syndrome. The syndrome is
marked by excess production of male hormones in the adrenal gland, part
of the body's endocrine system that regulates hormone production.
Azziz is researching possible genetic causes, but says a variety of treatment options are available, such as lasers.
Lasers enable the treatment of large surface areas of excess
hair in a short time span, allowing treatment of an entire back, leg or
chest in one treatment session.
While in many cases results are
excellent compared to existing alternatives, it is easier to induce a
growth delay than to induce permanent hair removal.
Currently, FDA-approved methods of hair removal include: the
Long Pulsed Ruby Laser; the Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser in combination with
a carbon suspension; Long Pulsed Alexandrite Laser; Diode Laser; and
the Non-coherent light source.