Hirsutism

Joshua C. Berkowitz, Adeel Kahtri, Rao N. Saladi, Dovid Herskowitz, Joshua L. Fox

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Abstract

Hirsutism is defined as the development of a malelike pattern of excess hair especially in women. Hirsutism often results from raised androgen levels in the body and may indicate the existence of a serious underlying endocrine condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Treatment of hirsutism may require both medical and cosmetic actions. Medical therapy aims to counteract any suspected hormonal imbalance and can include administration of oral contraceptives and antiandrogens. Cosmetic treatment directly addresses excess hair and seeks to either remove the hair or diminish its appearance. Cosmetic options range from conventional methods, such as shaving and waxing, to modern techniques, such as laser photoepilation. Copyright Cosmetic Dermatology 2010.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-553
Number of pages5
JournalCosmetic Dermatology
Volume23
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

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