Cosmetic surgeons in Toronto have been working for decades to remove embarrassing, unwanted facial and body hair among both sexes. It is a common problem that can be a source of depression and anxiety for men and women. We have found there are two common types of excessive hair growth.
Hypertrichosis is excessive body hair growth in a normal or abnormal pattern. It can be genetic or a side effect of medications, tumors, hormones, malnutrition or metabolic problems.
Hirsutism is specifically excessive hair growth in women, but in a male pattern. This can take the form of a beard, mustache, chest, or belly. It has similar causes, such as hormonal problems, medications, tumors or heredity.
Over the years we have tried and trashed various torturous methods of unwanted hair removal from plucking to shaving to wax. Unfortunately, none of them work for very long and they all cause a variant of pain. Now, we have semi painless methods that can take a a fourth of the time and almost none of the discomfort.
Cosmetic surgeons in Toronto now use lasers and light sources to safely and effectively treat larger areas of unwanted hair. This causes our patients minimal discomfort and very few complications. Most equipment is equipped with cooling sensors to reduce the discomfort from the laser on the skin. The laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices direct concentrated beams of light through skin. It is then absorbed by the melanin pigment in hair follicle shafts.
It is important to consider where laser hair removal is done. Procedures are often offered in settings such as shopping malls, spas and walk-in clinics, but patients need to choose an experienced cosmetic surgeon in Toronto, not a spa technician. Treatments should always be performed by or under the direct supervision of a dermatologist, or other professional physician with appropriate training and expertise.
We have found in most cases, three or more treatments are necessary to achieve permanent hair growth reduction. The darker the hair, the better it responds to laser hair removal. Pale hair has been proven the least responsive.
Those considering laser hair removal treatment should know there are a few common side effects, such as discomfort, swelling, and redness, lasting one to three days. The least common and seldom seen side effects include blistering, herpes simplex outbreaks, bacterial infections and temporary skin lightening or darkening.