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Body Hair

What is the problem of body hair?

Thick, strong, black hair on their head is something that both women and men desire in India. But the little hair on other parts of the body – back, chest, arms, arm pits and legs become cosmetic concerns. It is not only the women but also an increasing number of men who now opt for hair removal treatments.

The cells inside hair follicles below the epidermis divide and multiply and as the space inside the follicle fills up, it pushes the old cells out. When these old cells become hard and exit the follicle they create the hair shaft. The shaft comprises dead tissue and a protein called keratin. But unlike hair in scalp, body hair does not grow indefinitely. This is because every individual hair goes through active and rest phases.

The cellular division process that increases the length of the hair shaft is the active or anagen phase. It goes on for a period of time and then gets slower for the rest or telogen phase. As the hair comprises dead matter, it breaks and falls in the telogen phase. It is the changing patterns of growth that explain why hair on scalp grows longer than hair on body. While the anagen phase of body hair lasts only for few months that of scalp’s phase goes on for years.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

Normally body hair grows on arms, arm-pits, legs and around genitals for women. Men have hair on their face, back, chest, arms, arm pits, legs and around genitals. The hair growth on the exposed parts of body looks unsightly. Hair around private parts can be unhygienic. At times women may have excess body hair due to hirsutism. This is caused by high levels of androgen and may produce additional symptoms such as:

  • Acne flares
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Deepening of voice

What causes body hair?

Male hormones called androgens stimulate body hair growth. Even though the quantity is higher in men, androgens are present in small amounts in females too. They are produced by the adrenal glands and ovaries. Because of the difference in amounts, body hair growth is more common in the men than women but this condition affects both the genders.

Am I at risk of having body hair?

All boys and girls develop hair on their body once they attain puberty and this continues through adulthood. Hair growth gets slower at advanced age. This is a normal process and does not interfere with general health but hair on visible parts of body does cause cosmetic concerns. Some women have a tendency to get more than normal body hair due to:

  • Family History – this problem usually runs in the families
  • Race and Ethnicity – women from communities in South Asia, Middle East and Mediterranean regions have this problem more often than others

How to prevent this condition?

Being a natural process induced by hormones, hair growth on body cannot be prevented. But in cases where it is triggered and intensified by intake of certain medicines – such as those used in treatment of schizophrenia, fits, migraine headaches, bipolar disorder and high blood pressure – you must consult your doctor for an appropriate remedy.

Treatment at Skin Alive

Waxing, tweezing, shaving, use of hair removal creams are some of the ways to remove hair from body. But these are periodic procedure and need to be taken at intervals of 15 to 20 days as hair growth gets re-stimulated. Some of them may cause redness on the skin and certain hair removal creams can create pigmented spots and patches. Electrolysis is an alternative technique used by both women and men for hair removal. If you are a woman an excessive hair growth troubles you, a dermatologist may prescribe anti-androgen medications. But these cannot be taken by women who are expecting a child or considering pregnancy.

Skin Alive combines its experience and proven laser based techniques to give you safe and successful permanent removal treatments. We have multiple aesthetic technologies for removal of hair and give you gentle and non-invasive treatment in the relaxing atmosphere of our centres. The laser systems that we use for body hair removal include:

Nd:YAG Long Pulse - Suitable for Indian skin, this laser effectively removes dark brown and black hair. There is no pain but a warm stinging sensation like the feel of a stretched rubber band striking against the skin. The laser beam gets into deep into the hair follicles and they are heated and destroyed beneath the skin. The number of sessions that you need depends upon the thickness of hair and the body parts from where they need to be removed. Usually, a course of five to eight treatments is enough for most people to see a marked reduction in their body hair.

Soprano Laser - Soprano has an 810-nm diode laser technology and the beam that this system delivers goes deep into the dermis to destroy the hair follicles and prevent re-growth of hair. It emits high average power and has a rapid 10 pulse-per-second repetition rate. The laser suits most skin types and can be used to eliminate all hair from arms, arms pits, legs, buttocks, back, bikini line and even the area around private parts.

Your Appointment

Skin Alive approaches hair removal procedures as customised programs and our dermatologists prescribe a treatment as per your skin type, the thickness and density of your body hair and the part of the body from which hair need to be removed. Safety and aesthetics of results are our priorities.

In a professional and friendly environment, you receive the finest therapies at Skin Alive. With highly qualified dermatologists and well-trained staff we serve you for most satisfying experiences.

Call us on +91-8010503503 to book your appointment.

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