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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?

Emma: No.

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.

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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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WAS EMMA'S LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK.AS THEY SAY IT IS NOT PERMANENT. PLEASE REPLY HONESTLY. I HAVE A SIMILAR PROBLEM ONLY MUCH WORSE. I HAVE HAIR ALL OVR MY FACE AS WELL AS MY BODY. I ALSO HAVE MANY ACNE MARKS AS WELL AS LOSING MY HAIR. PLEASE HAVE EMMA CONTACT ME AS I MUST SPEAK TO SOMEONE AS I AM VERY DESPONDENT ABOUT THIS THANK YOU





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I'm 29 an I'm currently suffering from really bad facial chin hair , I'm so embarresed by it I started having it in my teens an I was shaving it an over the years it's got worse :( is there any way of getting rid of it for good ??





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I'm suffering from facial chin hair I'm 29 I started having it when I was in my teens an shaved it an now it's growning back twice as thick an I'm left with black little spots because I keep shaving it , Its so embarrassing and I'm really paranoid thinking that people can see that iv been shaving it :( what can I do to get rid of it for good ??





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DID EMMA'S HAIR COME BACK.





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I just wanted to comment on this video, I probably have hair like this lady except I shave like everywhere, I'd never stop "taking care of it." I'm 27, but even early teens I remember bleaching the hair, then mid-teens to early 20's, I would go wax the hair. I think the waxing was horrible for my skin, (I'd have acne along jaw line). I remember the last time I waxed, a small notch was removed from my skin (on upper cheek, the skin is more delicate there) and NEVER went back. That day I looked into laser hair removal. I spent 2 years and probably around $3000 USD on treatments at 3 different places--plus you have to shave prior to treatments. The 3K was only good for upper lip and chin, it didn't work, I think it made some pigmentation probs with my skin, and they're painful. I did notice a *reduction* for some time but eventually it's come back. The laser centers promise you the world--mine even took pictures through the process..yet when you finish your last treatment they just try to resell you more packages. I'm scared of electrolysis because of the "pits" I've heard it makes in your skin. So currently I'm body shaving daily, and twice chin area. There's not much else I can see you ladies doing--if there was something that worked, I would have done it. I just really doubt this lady experienced the results she expected long-term.





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helo i am lakshmi..........now my hair is in growwng stage so please can u give me some solution for this.........bcse i dnt wnt face after marrage.





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Hi my name is Vannessa and I am 20 yrs old. I have been suffering from this facial hair growth since i was 12... Whenever I shave it off it causes black spot to appear... Nw the affected areas are rooted with spots... I really need an advice on what to do to the facial hairs and black spots. Thanks





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I am the mother of a young women (age 37) to has decided to embrace who she is....and no longer shaves. At first I was alarmed and dismayed because she is so attractive. I didn't want people to make fun of her. Now, 3 years later I understand that she is in fact taking a stand for all women to embrace who they are...with confidence and dignity....and yes, some people stare. Especially older men. But she takes time to chat with young children about her beard and to explain that we are all created in different ways...and that bullying for our differences should not be tolerated. I applaud her actions! Once you begin talking with her the hairs on her chin and lip melt away...and the only thing you notice are her beautiful eyes and her delightful, heart-felt laugh. Perhaps more people should take such a stand and then we would no longer carry this ridiculous sense of shame.





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I have been plucking for years, Dr says I have idiopathic hirsutism so not much can be done, I have tried lazer, but being a red head, this is ineffective, so fed up of shaving and plucking, I have constant red marks on my chin and am scaring my face, I am in my 30's and it does effect my confidence :(





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I have a somewhat similar case, so I tried laser hair removal treatment. Unfortunately, every time I went in for the treatment my skin would flare up and I would hive up forcing me to conclude that I may be allergic to the laser light or the treatment somehow. It was always the same and the dermatologist at the time didn't help me in any way. I finished the treatment and tried to manage the allergic reactions every time as best I could, but after a few weeks of being done the hair came back completely. Now, almost a year later, the hair is thicker and blacker than ever. It's also more difficult since it grows under the skin, which was due to all the shaving in preparation for the laser treatments every time. Do you recommend anything else?





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