The notion of what ‘excess hair’ is varies greatly from person to person and depends on cultural norms; cosmetologists can therefore tailor their treatments to any preferences they may encounter from clients.
The responsibility of modern medical cosmetology is to offer effective methods for managing any hair growth the patient deems undesirable.
Hypertrichosis is the term used to describe hair growth on the skin in excess of the amount usually present in someone of a given age.
It can occur in both women and men.
Hypertrichosis can be inherited or arise from one of the following causes:
- impaired secretion function in various glands (ovaries, suprarenal glands, pituitary gland, thyroid), polycystic ovaries, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause
- prolonged use of hormonal preparations (corticosteroids and androgens)
- diseases of the nervous system (stress and serious emotional upheaval, epilepsy)
Excess hair growth is often observed in regions of the face which experience prolonged exposure to factors that increase vascularity or traumatize and irritate its surface (shaving, cryotherapy, corticosteroid ointments, irritation (e.g., from a cast)). As a result, the skin experiences chronic inflammation.
- photoepilation using PPx and Sharp Light