Virtually all women and sometimes men have unwanted hair. Most of the time, a woman only has fine hair, or peach fuzz, above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen, or back. However, if a woman’s body produces too much of the male hormone called androgens, the result is often unwanted hair growth. In most cases, the exact cause is never identified and is a harmless condition that is often hereditary yet many women find unwanted hair bothersome, or even embarrassing.
Rare causes may include a tumor or cancer of the adrenal gland or ovary, Cushing’s Syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hyerthecosis, or use of certain medicines.
New advances in laser hair removal have provided an easy, fast way to permanently remove unwanted hair by eliminating or diminishing the body’s ability to produce hair in unwanted areas. With the use of a laser, heat is applied to the hair follicle, which signals the hair follicle to go into a resting or “telogen” phase.