Most people will experience some kind of excessive hair growth on certain body areas during their lifetime. For men this can often occur on the back and chest, ears and eyebrows. For women the most common areas tend to be the face and also the ‘midline’ running from the belly button down to the bikini line. This can often be as a result of pregnancy. Laser hair removal is the most advanced and successful treatment today for permanent hair reduction. However at my laser clinic in Bournemouth, I always take clients through a thorough medical questionnaire in order to establish whether there is an underlying cause before embarking upon a course of laser hair removal treatment.

So what are the most common causes of excessive hair growth? At my Bournemouth laser clinic, I generally come across the following most common causes:

Hereditary factors: if one or both of your parents suffer with excessive hair growth, there is a good chance you could too. Excessive hair growth can be passed down from our parents in our DNA. The good news however is that you have the choice to permanently remove unwanted hair in the form of laser hair removal – something your parents would not have had the option to do at your age.

Pregnancy: having a baby means huge hormonal changes within the body. This can sometimes have an impact on hair growth. The most common area tends to be a line from the navel down to the bikini. In most cases, the hair disappears once the baby is born. However at my laser clinic Bournemouth I am finding that more and more women do not lose the line of excessive hair after childbirth. This is something that is easily treated with laser hair removal. At Laser Skin Solutions laser clinic Bournemouth, we recommend that women wait to see whether the hair will disappear of its own accord shortly after childbirth. If it doesn’t women are welcome to come in for a no obligation chat and laser hair removal consultation.

Hormonal imbalances such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): As with pregnancy, any hormonal changes or imbalance in the body can result in excessive hair growth. Where there is a constant hormonal stimulus to the hair growth, laser hair removal can end up being a hair removal management system, as oppose to a permanent hair removal solution. This is because whilst we can permanently remove unwanted hair with laser, if the body keeps producing new hair, then this needs to be treated in the same way. From my experience however at my Bournemouth laser clinic, clients with PCOS have responded in exactly the same way as clients without the condition.

Medication: certain medications can induce unwanted hair growth. Before embarking on a course of laser hair removal, check to see whether any medication you may be on could be the cause of the problem. Hair growth usually returns to normal once the course of medication has ended. If you need to be permanently medicated, laser hair removal may be a good option for you.

Normal aging process: as we get older, our hair and nails change. More often than not, people tend to lose hair volume and colour and hair can become thinner due to it having less protein. For some people however, they can experience hair growth. I often see clients at my Bournemouth laser clinic who say they never used to have hair on their backs, chests, ears etc. As long as the hair hasn’t turned grey or white, then laser hair removal is an option for permanent hair reduction.

If you or anyone you know suffers with excessive hair growth, please contact Laser Skin Solutions for a free consultation. We always give advice that is in your best interest and would always recommend you explore any possible underlying cause for your hair growth before undergoing laser hair removal treatment.

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