Excess hair

Each of us has unique tendencies to grow thicker or finer, more or less bodily hair depending heavily on genetics and ethnicity.

Hair cells proliferate to form the growing hair during a phase of hair growth called Anagen.  They remain in this phase for about 85% of their growth phase, after which the Catagen phase occurs.  Catagen is the stage that the hair follicle curls up and stops functioning, bringing an end to the growth of the hair.  Telogen is the stage when hair is no longer growing  For example, eyelashes reach Telogen much sooner than scalp hair.

The thickness of hair is varies based on genetics.


Excess hair is highly subjective but can lower one’s self esteem, curtailing activities involving the pool or the beach. The relative darkness of a person’s hair causes it to be more noticeable,

Treatment Options

There are many short term methods of hair removal for excess hair such as bleaching, waxing, plucking, shaving, and pharmacological options. Other methods include long term options such as laser and intense pulsed light therapy and electrolysis.

The frequency and inconvenience of some treatment options leads some to choose to have it easily removed.

Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies can be used to reduce the appearance of thick, dark hair via photothermolysis. This method lightens, thins, and reduces the amount of hair in a patient’s desired area by directing a wavelength of energy into the melanin of the hair bulb. This procedure results in the permanent removal of the hair within the bulb.

Success of this type of excess hair removal can be linked to treatment plan, stage of hair growth, hair colour, and type of laser.



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