PCOS is short for "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." It is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Not all women with PCOS will have all of the symptoms, and each symptom can vary from mild to severe. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. The exact cause of POS is unknown, but some pinpoint signs and symptoms of PCOS often develop around the time of the first menstrual period during puberty. In some cases PCOS has been found to run in the clients genes and can be passed down by the family. Sometimes PCOS develops later, for example, in response to substantial weight gain. A diagnosis of PCOS is made when you experience at least two of the three signs, irregular periods, excess androgen (male hormone which may cause excess facial and body hair) and polycystic ovaries. Typical signs and symptoms are more severe if you are obese.
So to answer the biggest question of all, will laser hair removal be able to treat PCOS? As we all know laser hair removal is NOT a permanent hair removal, but a hair reduction. This is for every client, male female, women WITH and WITHOUT PCOS. It does work for women who have experienced an increase in hair growth due to PCOS. In many cases those suffering from PCOS can achieve excellent results from laser hair removal treatments. A reduction in excess facial and body hair from this treatment can not only be achieved quickly but can also offer life changing benefits for those whose self confidence has taken a knock as a result of this condition. It is important to know that although laser will not provide 100% permanent result in hair growth, hairs will be considerably finer, lighter and will be much slower to re-grow. Be aware that thought the treatments DO work, any form of hormonal changes, depending on age, the client might see some hair growth in sporadic areas. Some clients after their sessions are completed might need a yearly touch up depending on how severe the PCOS is. If the client keeps up with the maintenance with the laser hair removal touch ups their results will continue to work in their favor.