Thousands of UK women look for permanent solutions to combat excessive hair growth
According to the NHS, millions of UK women suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which causes most cases of Hirsutism (excessive body hair) . For most sufferers, the upper lip, chin, chest and lower back are the most affected areas.
With figures showing one to three pre-menopausal women in every 20 are affected by Hirsutism and up to three quarters of post-menopausal women , there are thousands of women looking for effective hair removal treatments, which offer long lasting results.
Lucy Sharratt Laser Hair Removal Specialist at The Harley Medical Group, says: “For many women excessive hair growth on the face and body can be a very embarrassing and upsetting condition. Many patients tell us they spend hours a week tweezing, plucking and waxing facial hair, in a bid to keep the condition under control. This is hugely time consuming and can impact greatly on their daily lives. We’re seeing more women approach us who feel confident to talk about the condition, and seek treatments which can help.
One option that many favour is Laser Hair Removal; it’s an effective method, which requires no recovery time, fitting into the busy schedules of many professional women, mothers or students.
Laser Hair Removal works by a focused light penetrating the epidermis of the skin and targetting the underlying hair. The hair’s pigment absorbs the light and is destroyed, leaving the skin with a smooth appearance. For facial treatment, such as upper lip and chin, the treatment time will take approximately 15 minutes and a minimum course of 8 treatments is recommended.
Hormonal changes associated with PCOS can mean that some of the dormant hair cells can become activated following a course of treatments, maintenance treatments can then be performed. The hairs which do grow back are much finer and become easier to manage.”
The Harley Medical Group has over 15 years Laser Hair Removal experience and have performed over 250,000 treatments to date. With 31 clinics nationwide, and a team of specialist Nurses, the Group is the provider of choice for many patients, with 85% of their bookings for Laser Hair Removal treatments being amongst women.
Jennifer Goody, 28 year old Laser Hair Removal patient at The Harley Medical Group, says: “I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome when I was 23; I’d noticed excess hair on my upper lip and chin for about a year and went to the doctor as I was worried. When I was first diagnosed, I used hair removal cream and would spend hours every week checking my face in the mirror. I’ve had four laser hair treatments so far and I’m already noticing much less hair growing; I feel so much more confident, and no longer have to spend hours worrying about my appearance.”
For further information on Laser Hair Removal and various packages, please visit www.harleymedical.co.uk.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Harley Medical Group is the UK and Ireland’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery group. It has been established since 1983 and is one of the most highly regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK. It has treated over 500,000 patients to date.
The Harley Medical Group works tirelessly to maintain the highest standards in the industry for the benefits all cosmetic surgery and non-surgical patients. We are currently at the forefront of the campaign to ensure that the Government continues to regulate the use of certain laser types used in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments so that patients are protected from rogue practitioners.
In 2004, The Harley Medical Group’s Chairman Mel Braham, at the request of the Department of Health became a member of the department’s Steering Committee, set up to oversee the introduction of new regulations covering the entire Cosmetic Surgery sector. All of The Harley Medical Group’s clinics are registered with the Care Quality Commission. There are now 31 clinics in the UK and Ireland: London (Harley Street, Wimbledon, The City, Chiswick, Finchley & Watford), Marlow, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Chester, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Dublin, Northampton, Cambridge, Maidstone, Belfast, Reading, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bromley, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Leicester and Guildford.
The Harley Medical Group is renowned for introducing and pioneering most new surgical and non-surgical techniques to the UK and Irish markets. All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Board.