Hypertrichosis is abnormally excessive hair growth. A person with the condition, thus, has far more hair than usual. This condition differs from hirsutism, in which a woman has excess hair that is distributed in the same fashion as a man’s.
Hypertrichosis can involve all three types of human hair: lanugo, terminal and vellus. Lanugo is the soft, colorless and fine hair seen on a newborn baby that normally falls out after birth. Terminal hair is the thick, pigmented hair seen on the eyebrows, head, genital region and under the arms. Vellus is the short, fine hair that covers much of a person’s body.
This condition can occur all over the body (generalized), or it can be confined to certain parts of the body (localized). It can also be congenital or acquired. Circumscribed hypertrichosis is a type of localized form that is also very well-defined. A single hairy eyebrow is an example of this form.
What Causes the Condition?
Hypertrichosis has multiple causes. The congenital type is caused by genetic disorders. The acquired type has multiple causes, however, and some of them are serious. Some people in the late stage of cancer, for example, will grow long, silky hairs on their eyelids or nose. This type of hypertrichosis is called acquired. Researchers have not yet determined why cancer would cause such hair growth.
Some medications, like steroids, can also cause excessive hair growth. Malnutrition, like that caused by anorexia nervosa, can also cause this condition.
How is Hypertrichosis Treated?
There are several methods of hair removal available, and they include shaving, waxing, chemical epilation, thermolysis and electrolysis. One of the best ways to treat this condition is laser hair removal. This method tends to produce the longest-lasting results. It is also more convenient for the patient in the long-run, since methods like shaving and waxing need to be done regularly.
If you have hypertrichosis, there is good news in that you don’t have to live with your condition. Set up a time to visit SeaMist MedSpa to learn more information about laser hair removal and how it can help you. Our team of professionals would be happy to evaluate your condition and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
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