Excess Hair


What Is Excess Hair?

Excess hair, also known as hirsutism, refers to the growth of coarse or dark hair in areas of the body where it is typically minimal or absent in individuals of the same gender and age. This condition can affect both men and women but is more commonly observed in women.

Cosmetic procedures for excess hair typically involve methods aimed at reducing or permanently removing unwanted hair from various areas of the body. These procedures are commonly sought by individuals experiencing hirsutism (excess hair growth) or those who desire smoother, hair-free skin in specific areas. Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses concentrated beams of light to target and destroy hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. Similar to laser hair removal, IPL therapy uses broad-spectrum light to target and damage hair follicles, leading to reduced hair growth over time.

What Causes Excess Hair?

Hormonal Imbalances

One of the most common causes of hirsutism is hormonal imbalances, particularly an excess of male hormones called androgens. Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), adrenal gland disorders, and certain medications can disrupt hormone levels and lead to increased hair growth.


Genetic factors can play a significant role in determining an individual’s hair growth patterns. Some people may be more prone to excessive or coarse hair growth due to inherited traits.


Certain medications, such as corticosteroids, anabolic steroids, and some hormone-based therapies, can stimulate hair growth as a side effect.

Medical Conditions

In rare cases, underlying medical conditions such as ovarian or adrenal tumors, thyroid disorders, or congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) can cause hirsutism.

Idiopathic Hirsutism

In some cases, the cause of excess hair growth may not be readily identifiable, and the condition is referred to as idiopathic hirsutism.

Corrective Treatments