Hirsutism is defined by excessive growth of thick, dark hair in locations where hair growth in woman is normally minimal or absent. It can be caused by abnormally high androgen levels or by hair follicles that are more sensitive to normal androgen levels. Hirsutism is often seen in patients with endocrine disorders, sometimes caused by abnormalities of either the ovaries or adrenal glands. Free testosterone causes hair growth. Free testosterone is regulated by a hormone called SHBG. If there are lower levels of SHBG, there is an increase availablilty of testosterone. Lower levels of SHBG can be caused by the following: polycystic ovarian syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, obesity, hyperinsulinemia, hyperprolactinemia or excess growth hormone. Oral contraceptive have higher amounts of estrogen, which decreases SHBG, so oral contraceptive therapy can sometimes reduce the effects of Hirsutism. Hirsutism can also be caused by heredity or by certain drugs like steroids.
It is important to understand that woman suffering from Hirsutism find out if they have any abnormal hormone levels before they start treatment. If the hormones are not regulated, the treatment will not work as well, or at all and may require a sustained follow-up schedule. Patients with hirsutism may also find that they need more treatments than the normal treatment cycle.
Treatments: IPL Hair Reduction