Excess Hair

Excess Hair

Excess Hair

Hypertrichosis

This is the term used for excessive hair growth, on any part or the whole body, as compared to other persons of the same age, sex and race.

Hirsutism

Hypertrichosis must not be confused with hirsutism, which is defined as androgen-induced growth of terminal (thick dark hair) hair in women, in male pattern distribution (on the side locks, chin, and neck on the face, hair on torso around the naval and increased hair on the body). Hirsutism is androgen-dependent while Hypertrichosis is not.

What Is Hirsutism?

Women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens). If your body makes too much of this hormone, you may have unwanted thick hair growth in male pattern distribution. In general, hirsutism could be a harmless condition but women find it bothersome and embarrassing.

Causes

A common cause of hirsutism is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)- causing unwanted hair growth, may also have acne, problems with menstrual periods, trouble losing weight, and high insulin levels (as seen in diabetics).

Other rare causes of unwanted hair growth may include
  • Can be genetic in nature, that is, it can run in families.
  • Tumour or cancer of the adrenal gland or ovary
  • Hyperthecosis (a condition in which the ovaries produce excessive male hormones)
  • Use of certain medicines, including testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, minoxidil, and phenytoin
Symptoms

In addition to excess hair growth, many women and girls approaching puberty who suffer from hirsutism also might suffer with some common symptoms

  • Absent Infrequent or Irregular Menstrual Periods
  • Persistent Acne and Oily Skin
  • Deepening of the Voice
  • Obesity-increased Muscle Mass
  • Hair Loss Associated with Frontal Thinning.

We at Christell clinic have a multi disciplinary treatment approach for these patients.While using the best and the most effective lasers to stop the hair growth, we will refer you to the best Endocrinologists and Gynecologists for a better outcome.