At our Park City and Salt Lake offices, we have people come in for laser hair removal at Spa Vitoria and they’re disgusted by these dark, course hairs that they’ve had popping up on their upper lip, chin, chest, and even your back. Let’s just say they’re not fans.
Hirsutism. That’s the clinical term for hormonal hair growth. But just because these hairs are big, bad, and darker than your normal hair, that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Don’t let them bully you! Let our laser technicians give these hormonal hairs some light energy, and let’s see how they like that.
Now that we’re coming out of a hot Utah summer, fall is a good time for laser hair removal anywhere on your body. But if you’ve been seeing some of these dark hairs, it could be even a better time for you.
Curse those hormones
There isn’t a woman out there who welcomes the site of random dark hairs showing up on areas where men typically grow hair: the face, chest, and back. Hirsutism is actually a condition of male-pattern hair growth in women. That’s why these darn hairs are showing up in unfeminine spots.
Affecting about 5 out of every 100 women, hirsutism is fueled by androgens, which are male hormones. All women produce androgens. During puberty, teenage ovaries produce a mix of female and male sex hormones. This is why we start to grow pubic hair and hair in our armpits. You can thank this hormone mix for the endless ritual of shaving, plucking, waxing, and applying harsh depilatory creams to remove those very same hairs.
Hirsutism is different. It happens later, and the hairs grow in randomly. They tend to be spotty, unlike the uniform patterns associated with our pubic or underarm hair.
Hirsutism is more often than not caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This causes a woman to develop benign cysts on her ovaries, and this can mess with hormone production. Other causes of hirsutism can be adrenal gland disorders where they abnormally produce steroid hormones. Cushing’s syndrome occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol, which can happen from taking prednisone for a long period of time or if your adrenal glands are making too much cortisol. Hirsutism can also be a side effect of drugs to treat endometriosis or depression.
Hair be gone
OK, no one wants these ugly hormone-driven hairs. But more and more people don’t want many of our “normal” hairs either, you know, in the pubic area, on the legs, and in our armpits. So, why not get rid of all of it with laser hair removal at Spa Vitoria?
Laser hair removal simply uses laser energy to damage or destroy the hair follicles producing hair in areas you don’t want it. For these procedures, we deliver laser energy down onto your unwanted hair. The light energy wavelength is matched to the melanin in your hair. The hair shaft absorbs the light energy and it instantly converts to heat. This heat travels down the hair shaft into the follicle, damaging or destroying the follicle preventing it from growing hair in the future.
September and October are great months to start working on those unwanted hormonal hairs or any other unwanted hair. It’s going to take a series of laser hair removal sessions to catch enough of the hairs in the growth cycle, which is when the laser energy can effectively damage the follicle. So, why not start the process now, during the fall and winter months? Then come next spring you’ll be ready for no more virus and no more unwanted hair!
Call us at Saltz Plastic Surgery/Spa Vitoria in our Salt Lake City office, (801) 274-9500, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612, and let’s get started removing your unwanted hair this November.