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* Hormones, Hair And Women. Excessive body hair in women (hirsutism) occurs when there is a hormonal imbalance between estrogen and testosterone. Most women have low levels of testosterone, which is produced by the ovaries. When estrogen levels drop (such as during menopause), the relatively heightened levels of testosterone cause male-pattern hair growth.

* Looking At Temporary versus Permanent Treatment Options. Hair removal can be categorized as either temporary or permanent. Temporary hair removal methods include shaving, tweezing and the use of either physical depilatories (wax) or chemical depilatories. Permanent hair removal involves the use of electrolysis, or for semi-permanent removal, lasers techniques.

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* Getting Out Your Razor. Shaving is a quick, safe and temporarily effective way of hair removal. Repeated shaving of the target skin area does not increase the density or rate of hair re-growth.

* Tweezers For The Pinch. Tweezing is painful but temporarily effective method of hair removal. It is most useful in small designated areas, such as around the eyebrows. Using tweezers to pluck out the hair shaft from its root (leaving in place the hair growing follicle) in essence starts a new growing cycle for the hair follicle.

* Waxing And Tearing. Waxing is a method of temporarily removing unwanted hair from a broader skin area than would be practical with tweezers. The procedure involves the application of warm or cold wax to the skin in the target area. The wax is allowed to dry then peeled off with the unwanted hairs attached.

* Hair Removal Creams. Chemical depilatories (substances which remove hair) destroy the chemical bonds in the hair shaft resulting in a gelatinous pooling of the hair which can after the chemical application be wiped off. Since the hair follicle is left in tack, the hair removal is only temporary. Chemical depilatories can irritate the skin if left on too long and the sulfide-based substances often have an undesirable odor.

* Electrolysis. Electrolysis hair removal is a permanent hair removal procedure. It involves the use of a needle that directs an electrical current to a single hair follicle at a time. Hair does not grow back because the hair follicle is permanently destroyed. Patients with light skin or graying hair, who are not good candidates for laser hair removal, may get better results with electrolysis.

* Going With Laser For Permanent Results. Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular method for hair removal. The laser technology works by heating up the hair follicle to a targeted temperature that retards the growth of hair shafts and thus the removal of un-desired hair.

There is a risk of swelling or redness from the laser process but an experienced practitioner should be able to make the necessary adjustments to eliminate or minimize such side effects. In most cases, the redness or swelling should not last more than 10 days.

Laser technology enables the practitioner to remove hair from a large area of the body, like a person's back. New research into the interaction between lasers and the skin promise further advances in laser hair removal.

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