Case Study: Laser Hair Removal For Hirsutism

Blog, Laser Hair Removal

Our client, Katie Sloan shared her experience with hirsutism and body hair on her face.

Why did you decide to have laser hair removal?
I have polycystic ovarian syndrome so I have hirsutism which I’ve struggled with since I was about 11 years old I have tried laser hair removal in the past and I had two unsuccessful treatments so one was when I was 14 with the NHS and another one about five years ago and I just didn’t really see any results and then I thought I’ll give it one last try just to see if it will work.

How have your laser hair removal treatments been so far?
I used to have to shave my face every morning and since I’ve had treatments even after the first treatment the hair has massively reduced and I could get away with only shaving my chin. At the moment I’ve had three treatments and I don’t need to shave I can get away with not shaving for four to five days which is quite big for me as I’ve shaved my face every day since I was 11. Due to hormones, it is something I’ll need to constantly keep on top of, all the hair can grow back so I’ll probably need a top-up maybe once every six months – year, once I’ve had my initial course of treatments to ensure that the hair doesn’t grow back.

How did you find Pulse Light Clinic?
I just looked on the website and I noticed that they had treatments specifically aimed at people with PCOS I saw a couple of videos and one with women with quite thick hair and I have very coarse hair on my face it was more like a proper man’s beard, it was very coarse and painful to remove. I notice she had good results and I thought that I was a prime candidate for laser as I’m very pale and the hairs are very dark so I thought I would give it a go as I didn’t have anything to lose, it could only be better than not shaving my face every day.

Was laser hair removal painful?
The initial treatment was quite painful because I had very very coarse hair from my neck until here (upper cheek) so I did use numbing cream on my first session but since then I haven’t used numbing cream because the hair that does grow back I’m possibly getting a few on my chin are very fine so it’s not as painful as the initial first treatment as the hair was very black and coarse.

It’s quite traumatic when you’re a woman and you want to feel feminine but yours growing hair on your face which is overly linked to being quite masculine so I would definitely recommend it for anyone who does have hirsutism from PCOS and just because I think it just made me feel so much more confident I don’t have to hide behind the hair because I would put it forward to hide my face and cake lots of makeup on and colour correct just so you cant see the five o’clock shadow.