Are you experiencing hair growth where you would not expect it? Are you feeling self-conscious because of excessive hair growth? If you answered yes to either of these questions you may have a condition called hirsutism. Hirsutism is defined as a condition of unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women. Hirsutism develops excessive amounts of course, dark hair on the body where men usually grow the hair. The most common areas of abnormal hair growth are the face, back, and chest. According to WebMD, about 5% of women in the U.S. have hirsutism.
Hirsutism can be caused by medications, genetics, or hormones. Some medications can change the hormone levels in your system. Hirsutism can run in families and is more common with people from the Middle East, South Asia, and the Mediterranean. Hirsutism could result from hair follicles being over-stimulated by testosterone or other androgen hormones. Androgen hormones are the dominant sex hormones in men. Women typically have low levels of these hormones. Hirsutism can be caused by androgen hormone levels are too high.
The treatment plan from your doctor will depend upon a specific cause of hirsutism is diagnosed. Hirsutism can be treated with a combination of treatments. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted facial and body hair. Laser hair removal destroys the hair by targeting the pigment in the hair follicle. Laser hair removal is faster, has fewer treatments, and less expensive than other treatments. Patients may require follow-up treatments to maintain and treat hirsutism.
Dr. Evan Ransom is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in laser hair removal treatments. Dr. Ransom wants each of his patients to gain their confidence back. If you are dealing with unwanted hair and are in the San Francisco area, call Dr. Evan Ransom at Ransom, MD today.
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