Excessive hair (Hirsutism), why do we get it?

Excessive hair growth in women is usually caused by abnormally high levels of male hormones. The overproduction of these hormones can be caused by an underlying medical condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can also cause acne. It is also common to notice increased hair growth when premenopausal or menopausal, two phases that can affect and upset the body’s hormone balance.

Prevention and Reduction

Unfortunately it’s not possible to prevent the growth of excess body or facial hair due to hormonal changes in the body. However, it’s important you consult your GP if you notice the condition as it could be a sign that you have an underlying medical condition that’s easy to treat or control.

Effective treatments for the removal of excess hair

The important thing to know if you suffer with Hirsutism is that there are a number of ways to remove or permanently reduce it. The usual hair removal methods apply to women with Hirsutism, and these include bleaching the hair to make it less obvious if it’s particularly dark, shaving, using depilatory creams, waxing or threading. However, these hair removal treatments are all temporary and can leave the skin red and irritated, and encourage painful and unsightly ingrown hair.

The best way to remove facial hair and excessive body hair is with Laser Hair Removal. This virtually pain-free treatment works by zapping the hair and hair follicle with a concentrated beam of light. The light is attracted to the dark pigment in the hair and works by damaging the hair itself and the follicle. This slows down future regrowth considerably and in many people can stop hair regrowth permanently. We recommend a course of between four and eight treatments to see the best results, but as results differ from person to person our specialist nurses will assess your skin and hair types before putting together a bespoke hair removal plan. Laser hair removal is safe for use on all areas of the face and body and our laser is FDA-approved.

Let Us Help

Our years of experience in the field of Cosmetic Surgery ensure that you can rely on The Harley Medical Group to assist you with a tailored treatment programme for laser hair removal. We offer free consultations with qualified Medical Professionals, as well as a thorough after care service to ensure that your experience is positive throughout your entire journey.


Medically reviewed by The Harley Medical Group Clinical Governance Board on 4th March 2020.


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