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Surplus facial hair

By Anonymous December 10, 2014 - 10:35pm
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I see that many women in their fifties and up are having problems with surplus hair on the chin and cheeks. What can be done to stop this growth once and for all?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Increased facial hair is commonly experienced by post menopausal women. At this time in life, many women experience thinning or loss of scalp hair along with diffused generalized hair loss.

These changes are the result of the fluctuations in hormone levels and the ultimate decrease in estrogen production. In the absence of estrogen, androgen levels increase. The principal androgens are testosterone and androstenedione.

Pulling out individual hairs by the root with tweezers works best for small areas, but last only three to six weeks.

Waxing lasts three to six weeks, but can cause redness, bumps and risk of infection to the applied area of the face.

Most dermatologists agree that laser hair removal really is the most effective way to have long-term hair reduction and is about as permanent a solution currently available. It may take between 6-12 treatments to see results. You may need to go back every 6-12 months for a repeat treatment. Laser hair removal treatments can cause redness, swelling or chance of burning and scarring. This treatment is best administered under the direction of a dermatologist.

With electrolysis, a tiny needle is inserted inside each hair follicle to destroy the root with an electric current. Treatments are done every 1-2 weeks until the hair is mostly gone. It is best for small areas like the upper lip or chin. Redness, swelling, and scarring are possible side effects.


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