Hirsutism: an unwanted pathology that can be treated with medical laser hair removal

Hirsutism is the excess of hair in typically male areas like the face, chest or extremities. The main cause is usually an increase in the production of androgens, the male hormones.

How do I know if I have hirsutism?
In many cases the woman who suffers from unwanted hair does not know that she has hirsutism, since they associate it more to an aesthetic problem than to a medical problem –which in most cases is caused by a hormonal maladjustment.

There are different degrees of hirsutism, from milder forms to more intense manifestations. Likewise, the causes may be related to race, genetics or the existence of underlying diseases.

How to know if there is a hormonal problem?
Women with hirsutism with a related hormonal problem may have other disorders, such as menstrual irregularities or even amenorrhea –absence of menstruation–, excess oil in skin, acne, or hair loss.

The problem can be analysed with blood tests, an ultrasound or other tests.

What methods and/or treatments can help to fight facial hirsutism?
To address female facial hirsutism there are different methods ranging from traditional mechanical methods such as shaving, tweezing and using wax or depilatory cream, to laser therapy and pharmacological treatments.

Laser treatment is a good choice
Hirsutism is often associated with overweight and diabetes and has a negative impact on the quality of life. Therefore, in addition to the corresponding pharmacological treatment, physical activity and psychological help may be adequate to help reduce the symptoms.

Is hirsutism just an aesthetic problem?
No. Excess hair may reflect a malfunction of the hormonal system caused by various disorders in organs like the pituitary, ovary or adrenal gland. Other possible causes could be certain medications, being overweight or suppressing contraceptives.

Because of this hormonal alteration, androgen –male hormones that women also produce– are released in excess, causing the increase of hair in certain areas of the body.

Who should I consult it with?
It is necessary to be evaluated by a doctor regardless of the degree of hirsutism.

This evaluation must be done by a specialist whose criteria and complementary tests will determine the diagnosis and appropriate treatment according to the specifics of the patient’s case.