Many of you may already know this, (or know far more, I'm not claiming to be an expert here) but for those of you who may be skeptical I thought I'd share my success story.
I thought for sure laser treatments didn't work for women with PCOS, because I hadn't gone to a laser center in the past, I'd gone to an over-priced dermatologist who apparently didn't use a laser at all but a 'light' of some sort, claiming it was laser hair removal.
I just had my first true laser treatment (whatever that means, apparently there are different lasers set at varying strengths depending upon your skin tone and type of hair growth at laser centers), on January 6th. I have had aggressive, humiliating terminal (man beard lol) hair growing on my chin since I was 13 years old. At my appointment, I learned that the reason the hair on my chin had gotten increasingly thicker and more aggressive over the years was because I was plucking. I don't recall the terminology (or maybe even the whole story) she used so excuse me if I butcher my description, but in layman's, apparently when you rip the hair from its follicle the tiny capillaries that supply blood to the hair shaft hemorrhage, which makes the problem worse by eventually supplying more blood to the region and creating thicker hair shafts. This made a hell of a lot of sense to me because I remember the hair being a lot finer and less aggressive before I began plucking it and waxing it. (In the beginning I shaved).
Anyway, it's now the 15th, and I have NOTICEABLE LY less hair on my chin!!!!! A few days after the treatment my chin looked horrid. I felt like the appearance was worse, that I had an intensified dark shadow. Well, the past few days have been amazing because after each shave, more and more hair disappears and I can actually see lovely clear hairless skin in places I never thought possible. It used to be that I had to pluck every single day or I'd have an obnoxiously noticeable shadow against my pale skin. Now I'm just shaving, and although I still have a shadow in certain spots (I'm thinking they're the areas that are just now experiencing a growth phase and will be zapped at my next appointment), I can actually see clear patches of skin for the first time in a decade. I want to cry I'm so happy.
Hirsutism is the absolute worst of my symptoms, and has plagued me and destroyed my confidence for over ten years. If you're like me and have an aggressive case of it, find a reputable laser treatment center in your area and start getting some treatments. I am so elated. I paid $297 for three treatments, and I'm planning on going once a month until it's mostly gone. It's my understanding that you need touch-ups every six months or so. No problem for me!! I'm so happy!!!!!
Much love to all.