Excessive Hair & Hirsutism

Excessive hair on the face or body can be embarrassing and distressing to live with, but for many women and men it is easily resolved with either laser or electrolysis hair removal treatments.
Hirsutism is the medical term for excessive hair growth, and it's mainly a female problem that affects 5-15% of women.
Women with hirsutism often have long-term underlying medical issues that cause the excessive hair growth, and although the hair growth will continue whilst these issues remain active, we can still help manage unwanted hair and drastically reduce the visible symptoms.

Female facial hirsutism

Female hirsutism is typically found on the upper lip, chin, sideburns, lower jaw or neck. The hair tends to be thick and dark rather than fine and fair. 
Hirsutism is typically associated with an excess, or greater sensitivity, to certain hormones. Some women develop excessive hair growth after the menopause, but for 70% of younger women the most common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome - a condition that can cause irregular periods and cysts on the ovaries. Asian and Hispanic women particularly suffer incidences of hirsutism.
NHS Lothian logoIf you think you might suffer with hirsutism you should discuss the matter with your GP first, so that they can review your health and provide guidance, before we start any hair management treatment plan.
You may even receive NHS support in your treatment plan. Face & Body is laser hair removal service provider for NHS Lothian. 

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is the fastest and most efficient way to remove unwanted or excessive hair. Our dual laser system can treat ALL skin colours, but not all hair colours.

Electrolysis hair removal

Electrolysis hair removal works on ALL hair colours and can be used on ALL skin types to remove unwanted hair.

However, electrolysis hair removal treatments are time consuming and depending on the treated area can be uncomfortable. This treatment is best suited for unwanted blondegrey and white hairs that cannot be treated using a laser or hairs located on the body where it is not safe to use a laser.


Examples of hirsutism

Fair, grey & white hair removal

Many women encounter hair growth on the top lip as they age. Often the hair colour is very light, grey or white making it impossible to remove with laser treatments.

Fortunately for most women the hair growth is limited, sometimes with just individual hairs appearing - in these situations electrolysis hair removal is the perfect treatment.

Stages of electrolysis hair removal

Step 1: A tiny probe (about the same diameter as the hair) is inserted down into your hair follicle opening already present in the skin.

Step 2: The probe is charged with a tiny amount of electrical current and you will feel either a build up of warmth concentrated in the locality or a sensation similar to a slight sting. 

Step 3: The hair is gently released from the follicle with tweezers leaving you hair free. The hair slides out easily without traction. The procedure is repeated on each individual unwanted hair to clear the area as much as possible within a given time frame whilst taking skin reaction into consideration. Multiple treatments maybe required.

What do hair removal plans cost?

To ensure treatments are safe and appropriate for you, a consultation and test patch is required at the start which takes 30 mins and costs £25.
For electrolysis hair removal of fine fair / grey hairs an estimate can only be given at the consultation when the area is assessed. For darker, thicker hair laser hair removal is the best solution and a course of 6 treatments is provided below:
Course of 6  Cost
Test patch £25
Upper lip £345
Lower face £645
Neck £345




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Which is better laser or electrolysis hair removal?
Electrolysis can remove 100% of all hair follicles of every colour, but it is slow and uncomfortable. The laser is up to 60 times faster in treating large areas, is far more comfortable and is more reliable in ensuring no hair follicles are missed. Due to the time required to treat large areas with electrolysis it generally works out more expensive. So electrolysis is best used for white and grey hairs over small areas, which cannot be treated by the laser.
Which is better Laser or IPL hair removal?

The essential difference is that IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths, whereas laser emits a single, focused and precise wavelength that's optimised for maximum follicle absorption. Therefore IPL hurts more and is less effective in an individual session which means you require more IPL treatments to achieve the same result as a laser and have to endure more discomfort.

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