What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD) is a relatively common hormonal disorder among women. It causes a number of different symptoms in women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS experience an irregularity in the menstrual cycle and the presence of excess male hormones (androgens).
An increase in the production of androgens (male hormones) by the ovaries in PCOS may lead to excess hair growth in areas suggesting a male pattern, known as Hirsutism. Thick, pigmented hair growth occurs on the upper lip, chin, around the nipples, and on the lower abdomen. Excess androgens can also lead to acne and male pattern balding.
Due to unwanted hair growth at unwanted areas a lot of women look for a lot of options to remove hair like tweezing, plucking, shaving, etc. All these options provide you with temporary results. There are some options that provide you with permanent results like laser treatment and electrolysis. This article will focus on whether women dealing with PCOS/PCOD should get laser treatment done or not.
You must consult a dermatologist for the laser treatment since the treatment varies from skin to skin. Make sure you consult a professional, perfectly trained and trusted dermatologist. Every skin is different and it also depends on your skin type.
WHAT IS LASER TREATMENT?
Laser treatment is a permanent hair reduction procedure that reduces your hair growth. It doesn’t make your skin hairless permanently rather it reduces the growth of your hair. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorbs the light that destroys the hair.
DOES IT WORK IF YOU HAVE PCOD/PCOS?
It does work but not every time and certainly not on everyone. What you need to know is that laser treatment cannot treat the hormonal imbalance so your hair may grow back after certain amount of time. You can schedule a number of appointments for that as well. Thereby, you will need to continue the sessions after a certain amount of time. You won’t have to visit the clinic as frequently as you had to at the time of your initial procedure.
Now let’s discuss the reasons why Laser treatment might not work.
- The most important factor to consider is the level of your hormones and insulin. If your insulin, weight and hormones are out of whack then it would not work. Moreover, if these factors are not considered then the problem can actually increase. You have to be incredibly careful about your weight and diet. You must maintain a healthy diet and routine. Do consult a nutritionist if you must. Exercise daily and get enough sleep.
- Laser treatment works best when you have a pale skin with dark hair. So ensure that you don’t have a tanned skin for perfect result. But do not get de-tanning done between your sessions or just before your session.
- Do tell your Practitioner about your medical status. If you are under any medication then inform the practitioner and also if you become pregnant.
- Ensure that treatment area is free from make-up, perfume, deodorant and fake tan.
- Do not wax, pluck, thread, epilate or bleach your hair. This will only worsen the condition and aggravate the problem. You should also avoid doing so for like 2 weeks before you start your first session so that your hair are clearly visible to the practitioner.
- Do not expose your skin to the sun/sunbeds or use fake tan for a minimum of 4 weeks either side of each treatment. Tanned skin may absorb a portion of the energy of the laser that needs to destroy hair follicles, resulting in pigmentation thus limiting the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Avoid using any products on the day of treatment especially on the area to be treated. Do not take Isotretinoin or other acne creams
- Remember, if you are on any kind of antibiotics, you cannot go for laser hair removal while on the antibiotics and for a week after.
- Make sure the practitioner is well trained and professional. A lot of times the person is not perfectly trained and that can lead to various other problems. Check reviews on a business before shelling out money to them.
These are some of the factors that you must consider before getting laser done. If you consult a professional practitioner then they would tell you all this and a lot of other stuff.
Some things you must keep in mind during the Laser treatment procedure :
- Apply sunscreen on the treated areas as the most important precautionary measure. Do this after the treatment to avoid tanning and sun sensitivity.
- Don’t exercise or work out for a minimum of 12 hours after the procedure (if area is still red after 12 hours, wait until redness subsides)
- Avoid saunas, hot tubs or hot showers for a minimum of 12 hours post-treatment (if area is still red after 12 hours, wait until redness subsides)
- Avoid any activity that will cause sweating for at least 12 hours
- Apply a cold, wet compress to treated areas several times a day if redness or irritation happens.
- Keep the area cool.
- Avoid make-up, perfume, deodorant and fake tan for 24 hours following treatment.
These are some of the factors you should keep in mind during the procedure.
This blog compiles all the factors that can help you increase the effectiveness of your treatment but a lot of times the procedure is not successful in case of people dealing with PCOD/PCOS. The reasons behind that can be one of the factors mentioned above or something entirely different.