Hirsutism is a pattern of terminal hair growth in women which is more typical among men. The causes for this condition may be a result of: hormonal imbalances in the body; medication related side effects;  or there may be no underlying cause (idiopathic). Parts of the body that are affected can include but is not limited to the upper lip, chin, cheeks, breasts, central chest, abdomen and cheeks.

Hirsutism varies from person to person and ethnicity plays an important factor when evaluating whether or not the condition is present. For example, women of Eastern European, Southern Asian, or Southern European descent typically have facial, abdominal, and thigh hair whereas women from Asia and India will have mild terminal hair growth in these parts of the body. Since hair growth in these cases are a result of ethnic origins, it is possible that a hormonal imbalance is not the concern.

A detailed history is essential, focussing on onset, progression, family/ racial background, masculinization, menstrual and pregnancy history. Proper physical examination may reveal signs of Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism etc.

Hormonal testing is not mandatory in clients with stable hirsutism who have no signs of masculinization. About a quarter of the patients may present with idiopathic hirsutism with normal hormone levels.

Laser hair removal systems have gained wide popularity, achieving permanent hair reduction in clients with idiopathic hirsutism over the past twenty years.

For more information on treating hirsutism with laser hair removal, phone (902)406-4424 or e-mail info@pagoraesthetics.ca to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Padmaja Gorantla.

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, also referred to as razor bumps is a skin condition that often appears in men of African descent and in men who have thick curly hair.

In most cases, these bumps are caused as a result of shaving too close to the skin. Once the hair is shaved below the surface of the skin, it has a tendency to become trapped but continues to grow as an ingrown hair. As a result, the skin becomes irritated and inflamed.

Common treatments involve the use of chemical depilatories, which actually cause further skin irritation, doing more harm than good and electrolysis, a painful procedure which does not guarantee permanent results.

In order to prevent this from happening, the following is advised:

  • Stop shaving for three to four weeks – this will give the hair time to grow out, preventing it from becoming trapped under the derma (skin)

  • Use an electric razor rather than a hand razor. Hand razors give the user a close shave, running the risk of developing ingrown hairs. Electric razors have different shave settings so that the user can leave a minimal amount of hair exposed.

  • Investigate pain free laser hair removal. This solution will dramatically reduce the appearance of dark coarse hair without the pain associated with other traditional hair removal procedures.

To book a free consultation and talk to Dr. Padmaja Gorantla about Pseudofolliculitis Barbae further, phone the clinic at (902)406.4424 or e-mail info@pagoraesthetics.ca