A mother from a remote village in Nepal, and her three children have been successfully treated for ‘werewolf syndrome’ a rare condition which causes excessive hair growth. The family who suffer from Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa travelled to the capital, Katmandu in order to receive laser hair removal to their faces.
According to the article in the Daily Mail online, the mother and her three children received treatment at Dhulikhel Hospital in Kavre, on the outskirts of Kathmandu in an attempt to lessen the symptoms and to make the children’s life easier at school. Made fun of by their classmates, mother Devi wanted to ease her children’s transition into their teens by removing the excessive hair growth on their faces.
Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa presents as an abnormal amount of hair growth on the body and can either be generalised or localised. Generalised Congenital Hypertrichosis appears all over the body whereas localised tends to be restricted to specific areas like the back or face. It can be congenital (from birth) or as in the case of the Budhathoki family, it can develop later on in life. Whilst there is no cure for this condition, it can nevertheless be treated with laser hair removal, as the Budhathoki family was all to pleased to discover.
Hypertrichosis is not a newly discovered condition. Photos from the 19th and early 20th centuries reveal that people suffering with this condition often worked as ‘freaks’ at travelling circus shows. Unable to easily or permanently remove their excessive hair, some were able to capitalise on their condition and make an income from it. Jo Jo the wolf boy was famously able to make $500 a week in the late 1800s from appearing in a touring show.
These days however, anyone suffering with excessive hair growth can safely and permanently remove it with both Laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal or electrolysis. Hair follicles are permanently disabled by heating the stem cells at the base of the follicle and destroying them, meaning that hair follicle will not produce again. Powerful medical grade lasers however are required to do effective damage in order to permanently reduce hair growth in a given area. Low powered machines can sometimes increase hair growth or simply weaken the hair without permanently destroying it. To learn more about laser equipment, check out our website article called ‘how to choose a clinic‘.
At our Bournemouth laser clinic we offer both laser and IPL for permanent hair removal and hair reduction. We also offer electrolysis for permanent hair removal. Consultations are free of charge and free of obligation. To book your free laser hair removal consultation please contact us or call Laser Skin Solutions directly on 01202 29 69 69.