FACIAL HAIR REMOVAL
Unwanted or Excessive Facial Hair Growth in Women
Excessive or unwanted hair that grows on a woman’s body and face is the result of a condition called hirsutism. All women have facial and body hair, but the hair is usually very fine and light in colour. The main difference between typical hair on a woman’s body and face (often called “peach fuzz”) and hair caused by hirsutism is the texture. Excessive or unwanted hair that grows on a woman’s face is usually coarse and dark. Women with this condition have characteristics that are commonly associated with male hormones.
Hirsutism is not the same as hypertrichosis, which refers to excess hair in areas that aren’t dependent on androgens (male hormones). Hirsutism is excess hair in areas where it’s typically seen in men, such as the face and lower abdomen. Hypertrichosis, on the other hand, can increase hair anywhere on the body. Hirsutism affects between 5 and 10 percent of women. It tends to run in families, so you may be more likely to have unwanted hair growth if your mother, sister, or other female relative also has it. Women of Mediterranean, South Asian, and Middle Eastern heritage are also more likely to develop the condition.
The presence of excess hair can lead to feelings of self-consciousness, but it isn’t dangerous. However, the hormonal imbalance that can lead to it may compromise a woman’s health.
Why do women grow excessive or unwanted hair?
Women develop excessive body or facial hair due to higher-than-normal levels of androgens, including testosterone. All females produce androgens, but the levels typically remain low. Certain medical conditions can cause a woman to produce too many androgens. This can cause male-pattern hair growth and other male characteristics, such as a deep voice.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one common cause of hirsutism. Benign cysts that form on the ovaries can affect hormone production, leading to irregular menstrual cycles and decreased fertility.
Adrenal gland disorders
Other forms of hormonal imbalance that cause excessive hair growth include these adrenal gland disorders:
The adrenal glands, located just above your kidneys, are responsible for hormone production. People with congenital adrenal hyperplasia are born without an enzyme that’s necessary for hormone production. Those with Cushing’s disease have higher-than-normal levels of cortisol. Cortisol is sometimes called the “stress hormone.” All of these conditions can affect the way your body produces androgens.
Excessive body or facial hair growth can also result from taking any of the following medications:
Minoxidil, which is used to stimulate hair growth
anabolic steroids, which are synthetic variations of testosterone
testosterone, which can be taken in case of a testosterone deficiency
cyclosporine, which is an immunosuppressant drug that’s often used before organ transplants
In some cases, women may experience idiopathic hirsutism, which means that there’s no detectable cause for why the hirsutism developed. It’s usually chronic and may be harder to treat.
Menopause / Peri-Menopause
Facial hair is determined mostly by our hormones. More oestrogen results in finer, softer, lighter hair. More testosterone, the results in thicker, courser, darker hair. In perimenopause and menopause, oestrogen diminishes, but the small amount of testosterone women’s bodies produce may not. Testosterone converts to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which results in the coarser, darker hairs many menopausal women see suddenly sprouting on their upper lip, chin, and jaw line.
Some use the term “hirsutism” to describe any unwanted hair growth, but the few chin hairs of menopause don’t meet the definition.
There is no scientific reason for increased facial hair growth related to pregnancy hormones. There is, however, a change that occurs in the body that can cause darkening of the natural hair growth on the body and face. Many women claim to grow more facial hair while pregnant.
TREATMENT FOR EXCESSIVE OR UNWANTED FACIAL HAIR
If you’re overweight, your doctor will probably suggest that you lose weight to reduce your hair growth. Obesity can change the way your body produces and processes hormones. Maintaining a healthy weight may correct your level of androgens without the use of medication.
You may need medical treatment if excessive hair growth is a symptom of PCOS or adrenal disorders. Drug therapy in the form of birth control pills and antiandrogen medications can help balance your hormone levels.
Antiandrogen medications: Steroidal androgens and nonsteroidal (or pure) antiandrogens can block androgen receptors and reduce androgen production from the adrenal glands, ovaries, and pituitary glands.
Combination birth control pills: These pills, which have both estrogen and progesterone, may help shrink the cysts from PCOS. The estrogen can also help reduce excess hair. These drugs are usually a long-term solution for hirsutism. You will most likely notice improvement after three to six months of drug therapy.
Personally I would advise against waxing or plucking facial hair as this can stimulate hair growth. Shaving off darker facial hair is an option. Some women believe shaving facial hair makes it grow in faster, thicker and darker but this is simply not the case, shaving may make the hair feel courser, as the hair is cut at the thickest part but due to shaving not disturbing the follicle, it will not increase hair growth. Clients that feel it has increased hair growth or thickness, would have had a natural increase of hair even if they had not touch the hair. This being said, some clients like the feel of waxing fine hairs and have not found a significant increase in growth, therefore it is something I offer. I use an aromatherapy organic resin by Cetuem, warm or hot wax can be used depending on the hair type and sensitivity of the skin.
Waxing: Eyebrows £10.00 / Upper Lip or Chin £8.00 / Upper Lip & Chin £11.50
Half Face £15.00 / Full Face £25.00
Permanent Hair Reduction
The next two options are a more permanent solution for reducing hair growth, either but reducing the amount of hair regrowth or reduce thicknesses. The reason its a reduction and not a complete removal is due to the natural hair cycle, hormones and hereditary factors. Both method are only effective if the hair is at the Anagen Phase of growth, this is where the hair is attached to the live part of the follicle so when treating it, the germ cells can be destroyed reducing the strength of the hair and eventually the hair is unable to grow. You are not able to see which hairs are at what stage of growth by looking at them, so we recommend facial treatments be every two weeks and body every 4 weeks, which is the average growth cycle for these areas. There will always be some hairs that were not in the right stage of growth, hormones or hereditary factors or may reduce the effectiveness of the treatments, therefore there maybe some hairs that will never be treated.
You may also find some new hairs appear after your treatments. We have millions of dormant follicles, these are stimulated during puberty and hormonal fluctuations. If you have been experiencing an increase of hair growth, this may well continue and although the hairs we treat will be permanently destroyed you may have new hair appear in the future. With both methods, you may find you need top up sessions to keep on top of this.
Electrolysis is a good option if you have just a few hairs, random hairs spread across the face or white hairs. Electrolysis permanently destroys germ cells responsible for hair growth by way of insertion of a fine probe in the hair follicle and the application of a current adjusted to each hair type and treatment area. Since 1875, electrolysis has been and remains the only 100% permanent hair removal method recognised by government regulatory agencies. Electrolysis is known to be painful and women are put off because of this but Apilus electrolysis devices have revolutionised permanent hair removal treatments. The creators of Apilus have designed a state-of-the-art computerised electrolysis machine that limits the level of destruction within the hair follicle, targeting only germ cells. This consequently protects the skin and prevents new hair growth. Apilus, the gentle way to 100% permanent hair removal. Don’t settle for anything less!
Minimum Charge £15.00 / 10 Minutes £20.00 / 15 Minutes £25.00 / 20 Minutes £30.00
SHR Laser Technology
For areas with darker or more dense hairs like the upper lip, laser is a faster more effective treatment. Whereas with Electrolysis only one hair is treated at a time SHR can cover a how area in seconds, giving a more thorougher treatment to denser areas. There is also less chance of any side effects like bruising and red lumps which can occur during electrolysis.
SHR is the next generation of Lasers after IPL, using a more gentle heat with a high frequency there is little chance of burning like with lasers and IPL, the cooling system helps reduce the feel of the heat making it more comfortable and sweeping technology makes it far quicker than traditional methods. Unlike laser and IPL which are solely reliant on the pigmentation of the hair to get to the base of the follicle, with SHR only 50 per cent of the hair pigment is used for the laser energy to treat the hair, with the remaining 50 per cent being absorbed into the stem cells responsible for hair production through the skin, resulting in finer and lighter hairs and all skin types being able to be treated with success.
PLEASE NOTE: All Laser hair reduction treatments (Laser, IPL and SHR) are a hair reduction treatment, it will not removal all hairs and/or find hair become finer. Their are some clients that will not find the treatment effective due to hormonal imbalances, in this case SHR will help maintain a retardation of hair growth but not reduce it significantly.
CONSULTATION & PATCH TEST: £10 (Redeemable if you have your treatment within a month of your consultation)
MICRO AREA: Upper Lip / Chin / Cheeks £29 per area
SMALL AREA: Bikini / Underarms / Half Face / Neck £39 per area
MEDIUM AREA: Brazilian / Arms / 1/2 Legs / Full Face / Half Face & Neck £69 per area
LARGE AREA: Hollywood / Back / Full Legs / Chest & Abs £99 per area