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what can be done about chin hairs that still grow back after laser hair removal

Question posted by Melissa from Calgary

I have had laser hair removal on my chin hairs and it still is growing back. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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  • Dear Melissa,

    Laser hair removal to the chin, side burn, upper lip and neck area for hirsutism caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or Polycystic Kidney Syndrome can be quite recalcitrant and resistant to traditional laser treatments.  First and foremost, once the diagnosis of PCOS is made seek the expertise of a certified gynecologist or endocrinologist to undergo the proper hormonal therapies.  Once the testosterone and estrogen and progesterone ratios have been optimized then seeking a treatment with the correct wavelengths of light and laser should be performed.  There are many wavelengths of light including the Alexandrite 755 nm wavelength, the diode 810 nm and the neodymium YAG 1064 nm.  Often I find in individuals with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS require multiple wavelengths of light to optimize the death of the follicle.  We often do numerous treatments with the 755 nm laser and the 810 nm laser in those individuals with skin types that are lighter and for darker skin types we use the 810 nm and the 1065 nm laser.  Often we’ll combine this with radio frequency optical combinations to get the electrical effect on the hair follicle, as well.

    At the end of the day once the PCOS has been optimized hormonally and you’ve performed between 8 and 12 laser hair removal treatments with different wavelengths of light to optimize laser hair removal permanent follicular bulb death you may need to resort to then electrology.  Electrology will be a permanent needle-based electrical current.  Coagulation of the hair bulb and although very effective may lead to small areas of hyperpigmentation which may need to be blended in with fractional laser treatments once completed.

    PCOS is very frustrating, but with diligent management and a centre that has multiple wavelengths of light you should be able to optimize these unwanted hairs.

    I hope this information has been of some assistance and best of luck.

    For more information, please review our laser hair removal page.

    To schedule a consultation please call SpaMedica at (416) 922-2868 or visit us at our website at and fill out an e-mail online consultation request form.

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto 

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