Emma: I just don’t feel normal, I feel like a freak and I feel like I should be in a circus. I suffer from excess facial hair. I’ve tried waxing, I’ve used electrolysis, I pluck, I’ve done pretty much everything, I hoping there’s something that you can do to help.
Dr Dawn: Is the hair just on your face or do you have hair elsewhere,
Emma: No, I’ve got some in my cleavage, round my nipples, on my stomach.
Dr Dawn: And treatments you’ve tried to date haven’t been successful?
Emma: Well they take the hair away until it grows back again a couple of weeks later. So no.
Dr Pixie V/O: About 1 in 10 women suffer from excessive bodily and facial hair, it’s often caused by unusually large levels of the male hormone testosterone in the body.
Emma: I would love to be able to go out in public, talk to other people. I mean I’m a recluse now, I might as well not exist anymore.
Dr Dawn: We have to get your hair sorted, has anyone ever talked to you about laser treatment?
Dr Dawn: Because laser treatments today are amazing, and they really can achieve, hopefully a permanent hair loss.
Dr Pixie V/O: Hair today, gone tomorrow, it’s time for 37 year old Emma to have her excess hair lasered. As this treatment works on the hair follicle beneath the skin, it’s actually better to be clean shaven. The laser beam disables the follicle and prevents the hair from growing. With hair as coarse as Emma’s, it’s going to take about 6 treatments, but with each treatment you can see results.
Dr Pixie V/O: After just two laser treatments to remove excess hair, Emma is back at the clinic so Dr Harper can see if things are going smoothly.
Dr Dawn: Hi, come on in, how are you? Wow, I’m amazed at that in two treatments.
Emma: I feel wonderful.
Dr Dawn: Go on then, tell me. What have you done since you were better?
Emma: My husband’s taken me out for dinner, we all went out to the park for the day, I’ve just done loads!
Dr Dawn: So what’s the timeframe for the next treatments?
Emma: Once a month for four months and that’s it, finished.
Dr Dawn: Are they quite optimistic that that will be permanent then?
Emma: Yep, all I know is that it’s working for me. I feel happy, I feel wonderful.
Dr Dawn: I think you look fantastic; you just look like a different person.
Emma: Thank you.
Dr Dawn: Take care.
Consultation: Excess Facial Hair
Excess facial hair affects around one in every ten women and it can take a severe toll on their social lives as well. Dr Dawn Harper talks to a patient who feels she is living like a recluse because of this embarrassing illness, and advises a course of laser treatment to alleviate the symptoms – with remarkable results!
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