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Laser Hair Removal And Perimenopause

Have the hormonal ups and downs of perimenopause left you with unwanted facial hair? If your upper lips, chin, or cheeks have suddenly sprouted, take a look at what you need to know about laser hair removal.

Why Do You Have Hair On Your Face?

You've always had baby fine light hair on your face. But now it seems like the barely-there blond strands are dark, thick, and very noticeable. According to the Cleveland Clinic, menopausal changes can cause estrogen levels to decline. A decrease in this hormone can cause unwanted facial hair to grow. 

Even though you aren't in full-blown menopause yet, the years leading up to this major life change (known as perimenopause) also include a dip in estrogen. This means unwanted facial hair won't wait to grow until you reach menopause. You may notice this common issue in your late thirties or forties—whether you've reached menopause or not. 

How Can You Stop Unwanted Facial Hair?

You have darker facial hair growth or increased facial hair growth. Now what? Start with your doctor. The medical provider can evaluate the hair growth and may suggest ways to balance your hormones. If you also need a way to remove the hair and want to explore cosmetic treatments, a laser process can help. 

Is A Laser Hair Removal Treatment the Best Option?

Laser treatments aren't your only facial hair removal options. Shaving, waxing, and threading are common hair removal processes that can eliminate facial fuzz. Even though you have options, laser treatment has benefits that some of the other treatments don't. 

Unlike shaving, laser treatments won't leave behind telltale stubble or require daily upkeep. While waxing and threading can last longer than shaving, these methods won't have the same long-lasting results or thin the hair. After a few treatments, laser removal provides a semi-permanent effect that will last significantly longer than shaving, waxing, or threading. It can also change the color and texture of your facial hair.

Will Laser Removal Work for Every Woman?

This hair removal method may work better for some women than others. The melanin (pigment) in your facial hair absorbs the laser's light. It then converts the light to heat. The heat damages the hair follicles and can stop growth. 

The more melanin in the hair, the better the results. This type of hair removal works better on darker hair. If your facial hair is light or blond, this type of treatment may not have the effect you want.

For more information, contact a company like Mountain West Aesthetics.