Excessive hair growth or hirsutism is a common side effect of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments tackle excessive hair growth. Because light-based treatments do not interfere with medication or surgery, they can be used at any stage of the medical treatment (with the exception of immediate post-operation where surgery is required).
Hair removal treatment using IPL/Laser devices is effective for women with PCOS. But because unwanted hair growth in women is hormonally driven, until hormonal imbalances are resolved, increased hair growth may continue in spite of hair removal treatments.
Whereas for most women, hair removal may be a permanent depilation technique, for women with PCOS, hair removal is an ongoing management technique.
However, treatment will significantly reduce the amount of hair present, and will slow down regrowth. For example, women shaving on a daily basis may find that they only require an IPL/laser treatment every few weeks, with no shaving in between.