Excessive and Unwanted Hair

Facts & Treatments: Non surgical treatments for hair removal, including IPL

Put down the razor and say goodbye to excess body hair. Our medispa has all of the latest non surgical treatments for hair removal, including IPL.

How does body hair work?

Our bodies are made up of around five million hair follicles. Cells inside of each hair follicle are constantly dividing and multiplying. As space fills up inside the follicle, the older cells are pushed out. When those older cells harden and exit the follicle, they form hair shafts.

Despite that, human body hair doesn’t grow indefinitely. Rather, individual hairs go through active and resting phases.

However, many men and women struggle with excess hair growth, or have hair in places they’d rather not. Traditional methods of removing this hair, such as shaving or waxing, can be expensive and often cause razor burn, ingrown hair and inflammation. For this reason, many are seeking an alternative to permanently remove their unwanted body hair.

Why do I have so much body hair?

The amount of hair that any one person has usually comes down to genetics. Growth phases, hair follicles sizes and shaft density are different for each part of the body and vary from person to person. Hormonal changes, such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause can also trigger new hair growth.

However, in some cases, abnormally excessive hair growth may be the sign of a medical disorder. This may be one of two conditions – hypertrichosis or hirsutism.

Hypertrichosis, otherwise known as werewolf syndrome, is signalled by excessive hair growth that can be found all over the body, or in smaller patches. Unfortunately, the causes of hypertrichosis aren’t well understood, although it can run in families.

Hirsutism primarily affects women and occurs when the body produces an excessive amount of male hormones, leading to the growth of thick, dark and coarse body and facial hair. This growth is typically found on the upper lip, chest, chin, stomach and back – areas where men commonly have body hair. This can be the result of genetics, or be triggered by PCOS, adrenal gland disorders and some medications.

Our solutions for excessive and unwanted hair

Excessive or unwanted hair growth is a common concern amongst both men and women. Whether body hair is impacting your self confidence or you are simply sick of shaving, here at Dr Anh’s Medispa, we offer IPL treatments to help permanently reduce hair growth.

IPL for unwanted hair

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal treatments emit highly controlled pulses of light across the skin. This light is absorbed by the hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin. Once absorbed, the light converts into heat, which damages the hair and prevents it from growing back. When performed over several sessions to ensure all hair follicles are targeted during their active growth stage, IPL can achieve a 70 to 90 percent reduction in hair.

Put the nuisance of shaving unwanted body hair behind you. Book a consultation with Dr Anh to develop your personalised treatment plan. If you would like to learn more about our IPL hair removal treatments, or to request an appointment, contact Dr Anh Plastic Surgeon, Medispa and Wellness Clinic today.