For women suffering from polycystic ovaries syndrome, one of the most visible and embarrassing effects of the illness is the growth of excess face and body hair. However for Saria Tahir, a nurse in Bolton, and many others like her, laser hair reduction treatment is helping to alleviate these symptoms.
Polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects millions of women. Those who suffer from PCOS typically have high levels of male hormones (androgens), missed or irregular periods and many harmless small cysts on their ovaries. The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown, but according to NHS UK, it is thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels.
The symptoms of PCOS include difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, excessive hair growth on the face and body, hair loss from the head and acne. Although PCOS can’t be cured, the symptoms can be managed, and laser hair reduction is one way of helping to treat excessive hair growth.
Saria, who is a nurse at Laserase Bolton, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome about seven years ago.
“When I was first diagnosed, I was suffering from many of the symptoms related to the illness, such as excess hair growth, weight gain and acne. I had tried all sorts of creams for unwanted hair, but none of them really worked and I needed a more permanent solution.
“As I work at Laserase Bolton, I was aware of laser hair reduction treatment, so I decided to give it a try. I had four treatments at four weekly intervals and the results were great. The hair regrowth was about 80% less than it had been and any hairs that did grow back were much finer.”
Saria followed up on her initial course of treatment with additional sessions once every three or four months for a while.
Saria adds that laser hair reduction treatment is painless, is less abrasive than other hair reduction treatments and has helped to improve the condition of her skin.
Dr Kiran Patel at Laserase Bolton, says: “We see a number of women each year like Saria, who come to us for laser hair reduction treatment as a result of polycystic ovaries syndrome.
“Women are encouraged to see their GP in the first instance if they have any of the typical symptoms of PCOS. However, for women like Saria, it is reassuring to know that hair reduction treatment can help to provide a solution for one of the most embarrassing effects of this illness.”
Dr Patel also explains that, as Asian skin is more susceptible to scarring, when it comes to laser treatment extra care must be taken with Asian skin and only qualified medical professionals should undertake treatment.”
Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England and has been established for over 20 years. All of its practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses. For hair reduction, Laserase Bolton uses the Soprano XL laser, which is one of the best on the market and offers a fast, efficient and virtually painless way to remove hair from any part of the body.
As well as hair reduction treatment, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including tattoo removal, acne treatment, thread vein and birth mark treatment.