Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects nearly 10% of women and comes with several serious and sometimes embarrassing side effects. Side effects of the condition can include infertility, obesity, adult acne, and hirsutism (otherwise known as PCOS facial hair).
Without treatment, the side effects of the syndrome will not resolve on their own, and many women find themselves turning to doctors and medical professionals to address the unpleasant symptoms. It can get frustrating, from difficulty losing weight to unwanted facial hair that returns no matter how many home removal kits you use. However, there are options available that can help resolve the symptoms so you can get back to feeling like your confident self again.
Body Details provides permanent facial hair removal for women with our innovative laser hair removal. All of our providers are Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) or Physicians Assistant (PAs), which means you’ll receive the highest quality of care from those with extensive training and experience. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about facial hair removal for women.
What Is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome results from a hormonal imbalance in women that is out of your control. If you receive a diagnosis of PCOS, it’s essential to know that it’s not your fault or the result of anything you have done. It occurs naturally in women of reproductive age, affecting approximately five million women throughout the United States.
It’s the most common hormonal syndrome affecting women, though the exact cause is still unknown. Since science has yet to identify the cause of PCOS, prevention isn’t always possible, and doctors can only treat the symptoms once they appear. PCOS is chronic, meaning that once you receive a diagnosis, it won’t resolve.
Long-term complications of PCOS include an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which makes it crucial to diagnose the condition as early as possible and begin treatment.
Symptoms of PCOS
There are many symptoms of PCOS, some of which may be challenging to spot at first. The symptoms can be vague and hard to piece together without blood tests and ultrasounds to confirm the diagnosis.
Symptoms of PCOS include:
- PCOS facial hair that returns despite home removal or waxing (often affecting the upper lip and chin)
- Increased hair in other areas of the body, such as below the belly button, legs, or underarms
- Difficulty losing weight
- Elevated levels of male hormones, such as androgen
- Male-pattern balding and hair loss
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Enlarged ovaries that contain follicles surrounding the eggs, leading to ovarian cysts
- Adult acne, particularly along the jawline that does not respond to treatment
Additionally, PCOS is the leading cause of known infertility in women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may require medical intervention to get pregnant with the help of medication. A change in diet and exercise can also help, as losing weight may reduce the severity of symptoms.
Many women find the side effects such as difficulty losing weight and excessive hair growth embarrassing, causing them to lose confidence in themselves or develop a negative self-image. While some PCOS side effects, such as ovarian cysts, must be treated by an obstetrician or specialist, you can get permanent PCOS facial hair removal at Body Details.
How to Treat PCOS
While you can’t prevent PCOS, and it’s a chronic condition, there are ways that you can manage it and treat the symptoms. For PCOS symptoms such as excess male hormones, ovarian cysts, and an irregular menstrual cycle, doctors can recommend a medication regimen that includes daily oral contraceptives.
Additionally, medications such as metformin can help women who are trying to conceive. The use of metformin can also help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Other medications such as eflornithine or spironolactone can help treat PCOS facial hair but can have unpleasant side effects.
Medication side effects can include headaches, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, leg cramps, a burning sensation in the skin, itching, rashes, and more. Many women find these symptoms to be even more disruptive to their quality of life than the PCOS facial hair is, to begin with.
Permanent facial hair removal for women, such as laser hair removal at Body Details, is a safe and effective way to eradicate that unwanted hair once and for all. It can help decrease the need for medication while providing the lasting results you want. No more at-home wax kits, expensive trips to the salon, or endless hours spent plucking with tweezers.
How Laser Hair Removal Can Help
Laser hair removal at Body Details is an excellent option to get rid of PCOS facial hair. It’s a permanent facial hair removal method for women that ensures the embarrassing stubble doesn’t return. It’s safe, effective, virtually pain-free, and has minimal side effects, making it many clients’ go-to choice when deciding how to achieve permanent facial hair removal for women.
At Body Details, our True Lasers emit a specific wavelength of light that targets hair directly at the follicle, as hair absorbs the light. As this happens, it becomes impossible for the hair to grow back. While other hair removal methods touch just the surface of your skin, laser hair removal treats hair at the source. Follicles become incapable of producing new hair, resulting in permanent facial hair removal for women.
Even the darkest, most coarse facial hair responds well to treatment, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Side effects associated with facial hair growth, such as ingrown hairs or associated acne, can also improve with treatment. The hair that laser treatment eliminates can never grow back, so that you can have total peace of mind.
It’s important to note that thin, light hair such as peach fuzz won’t necessarily respond to laser hair removal treatment but is usually unnoticeable to the naked eye.
The Process of PCOS Facial Hair Removal
When undergoing the process of PCOS facial hair removal at Body Details, first, you’ll receive a free consultation with one of our True Laser experts. You’ll go over your hair removal goals, decide which areas you want to treat and work with our professionals to develop an individualized treatment plan unique to your skin and hair.
Permanent facial hair removal requires a series of short treatments, usually lasting about 30 minutes each. We calibrate our lasers to meet your specific needs and each laser utilizes its own DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device) cryogenic spray with each pulse of the laser, to minimize any pain during treatment. As treatment progresses, we continue to re-calibrate our lasers to meet your skin and hair precisely where they’re at in the process.
We’ll provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare the area before treatment and how to care for your skin between laser hair removal sessions.
We can effectively treat facial hair on the chin, neck, upper lip, between the eyebrows, or sideburn area at Body Details. If there’s another area you’re looking to treat, speak with our laser specialists today. There’s virtually no spot that we can’t target with our permanent facial hair removal for women.
Side Effects of Permanent Facial Hair Removal for Women at Body Details
While medication side effects can become unbearable and are likely to last as long as you continue the regimen, side effects associated with permanent facial hair removal at Body Details are minimal and subside quickly. This allows you to schedule an appointment at your convenience and then continue about your day as usual.
The most common side effects associated with facial laser hair removal include a mild stinging or burning sensation immediately following a treatment session or slight redness or swelling in the area. These side effects usually resolve in just a matter of hours, and you can quickly treat them using ice or a cold compress. If you want to experience what it feels like, while we never offer free trials of treatments, we do offer a “test pulse”. Using the laser settings which (based upon your particular factors) we would be most likely to start your treatments with, you could experience 2 or 3 laser pulses. It would not possibly be effective at total hair removal, and laser settings do increase, but it would at least give you a sense of how a treatment would feel. For a test pulse, you must still follow the pre-treatment instructions found here, because they are not only for safety but also affect your skin’s sensitivity.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you’re struggling with PCOS facial hair and are looking for a way to banish it for good, schedule a free consultation with a laser specialist at Body Details today. We offer convenient office hours, with evening and weekend appointments available.
With offices throughout Florida, there’s sure to be a Body Details location near you. Don’t continue the endless battle of plucking, waxing, or shaving PCOS facial hair. Our permanent facial hair removal process makes it easy to eliminate the hair for good, giving you flawless skin you’re sure to love.