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How can laser therapy help those with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
Laser hair removal is an effective way to remove unwanted facial and body hair due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). You can see results in just a few treatments!
If you suffer from PCOS and are tired of those unsightly ingrown hairs and dark spots, find out how laser hair removal can safely and effectively treat unwanted body hair.
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
A Comprehensive, Personalized Approach
PCOS is a medical condition that affects women and causes irregular menstrual periods due to a dysfunction of monthly ovulation and elevated levels of androgen (a male hormone like testosterone). Approximately 5 to 10 percent of women are affected by PCOS. The elevated androgen levels lead to excessive facial and body hair growth (hirsutism), acne, and/or male-pattern scalp hair thinning. The hormonal imbalances can lead to fertility issues, obesity, increased risk of diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea.
“Comprehensive Laser & Aesthetics is absolutely wonderful, and I would highly recommend them to anyone that is interested in lasers. Due to my work and school, I consistently had to change appointments with Nina and she has always been professional, kind and cooperative with my request! Nina and the Physician that I first consulted with are extremely knowledgeable about their work. They are very honest about timing, pain management, and always respond in a reasonable time frame! I love Comprehensive Laser & Aesthetics and will be referring them to others.”
- Michaelene P.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
While there is no single diagnostic test for diagnosing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS may be diagnosed based upon your symptoms, blood tests, and a physical examination.
- A woman must have two out of three of the following to be diagnosed with PCOS:
- Irregular menstrual periods caused by anovulation (lack of ovulation) or irregular ovulation
- Evidence of elevated androgen levels based upon signs (excess hair growth, acne, or male-pattern balding) or blood tests (high androgen levels)
- Polycystic ovaries on pelvic ultrasound
How is PCOS treated?
While there is no cure for PCOS, it can be treated with:
- Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
- Hormonal treatments (Progestin)
- Anti-androgen medications (Spironolactone)
- Weight loss
- Metformin (for insulin regulation and weight loss)
- Laser therapy (for excessive hair growth due to hirsutism)
What are the benefits of laser treatment?
- Can help improve one’s self-image and confidence levels
- Removes excess, unwanted hair
- Quick, painless procedure
- Can help restore a more feminine appearance
- Safe for all skin types and tones
Is there any downtime?
Laser procedures don’t typically require any extended downtime, so you will be able to return to your normal routine right away. You will receive detailed instructions after your session regarding skincare products and caring for your results. You will need to commit to using sunscreen on all treated areas.
Who makes the best candidate?
It’s important that patients pursuing laser hair removal have realistic expectations for their outcome. When hair does grow back, it will be thinner and paler than before, but it may take several sessions to achieve your desired goals. The best way to find out for sure if you are a candidate is to schedule a confidential consultation with our team in the Columbia, MD area.
Why choose Comprehensive Laser & Aesthetics for treating hirsutism?
One of the most troublesome side effects for most women who suffer from PCOS is hirsutism. Hirsutism refers to the growth of coarse, dark hair in areas where women typically grow fine hair or no hair at all: upper lip and on the chin, chest, abdomen, and back. This excess hair growth is caused by an increased level of male hormones (androgens) as is seen in women who suffer from PCOS.
At Comprehensive Laser & Aesthetics, we use laser technology to target these rapidly growing hair follicles to effectively reduce the appearance of facial and body hair due to hirsutism. Treatments can take as little as 5 minutes! We have performed thousands of successful laser procedures on patients suffering from PCOS.
Schedule a consultation today to be evaluated by a medical provider to see if you are a candidate for laser hair removal.