Hirsutism and How To Treat It

Hirsutism and How To Treat It

Excessive or unwanted hair growing on a woman’s body and face is called hirsutism. While all women have facial and body hair, but the hair is usually very fine and light in colour. The main difference between typical hair and hair caused by hirsutism is the texture.

Excessive or unwanted hair that grows on a woman’s face, arms, back, or chest is usually coarse and dark. Women with this condition have characteristics that are commonly associated with male hormones.

Hirsutism affects between 5 and 10 percent of women and while the presence of excess body hair can lead to feelings of self-consciousness, it isn’t dangerous.

Why do women grow excessive or unwanted hair?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

This condition often begins with the onset of puberty and causes an imbalance of sex hormones. Over time, PCOS can slowly result in excess hair growth, irregular periods, obesity, infertility and sometimes multiple cysts on the ovaries.

Cushing syndrome

This occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol. It can develop from your adrenal glands making too much cortisol or from taking medications such as prednisone over a long period.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

This inherited condition is characterized by abnormal production of steroid hormones, including cortisol and androgen, by your adrenal glands.


Rarely, an androgen-secreting tumor in the ovaries or adrenal glands can cause hirsutism.

Treatment for excessive or unwanted hair

Hair removal techniques are an easy and non-invasive method to manage excessive or unwanted hair. These are the same hair removal methods that many women use to keep their legs, bikini line, and underarms free of hair.

Waxing, shaving, and depilatories

If you have hirsutism, you may need to be more proactive about waxing, shaving, and using depilatories (chemical foams).

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal involves using concentrated light rays to damage your hair follicles. Damaged follicles can’t produce hair, and the hair that’s present falls out. With sufficient treatments, laser hair removal can provide permanent or near-permanent results.


Electrolysis is the removal of hair using an electric current. It treats each hair follicle individually, so the sessions can take longer.

Depending on the underlying cause and your choice of treatment, treating hirsutism may or may not be a lifelong commitment. Laser hair removal or electrolysis can provide more permanent results than shaving, waxing, or depilatories.

The Fotona FRAC3 Hair Removal procedure is a much faster and more efficient procedure than most other possible treatments.  Laser light targets hair follicles, reaching the deepest follicles, eliminating or significantly impeding the hair from growing back.  The deep penetration and low absorption in all skin types makes sure the surrounding skin and tissue is preserved, and guarantees safe, fast and effective hair removal.

Because hair grows in cycles and not all body hair is in the same cycle stage at the same time, it is recommended to have multiple treatments to achieve your desired result.  The outcome also depends on quality and quantity of hair, metabolism and hormonal level of each individual.  It can take between 4 to 6 treatments to remove all or most of the hair.  The procedure is quick and relatively pain-free.

With Fotona FRAC3® Hair Removal, you can expect:

  • permanent hair reduction
  • gentle, fast and convenient treatment
  • long-lasting results
  • suitable for all skin types
  • no ingrown hair, irritated or infected skin
  • suitable for larger and smaller areas

This laser works on the darkest skin types, without the skin damage that other light-based treatments typically cause.