Hirsutism is a hormone issue that causes thick, coarse hair to grow on the face, back, or chest of females. Females with increased androgens or male testosterone may experience this condition. To treat the condition, patients may require certain medications. At Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD, Dr. Madeliene Elaine Gainers offers a compassionate perspective and will closely listen to your needs. Her goal is to find a treatment option that helps reduce the symptoms. Please schedule an appointment to learn more about hirsutism.
What Causes Hirsutism?
Hirsutism is caused by increased androgen levels. Androgen is found in testosterone and is an important part of male sexual and reproductive function. In females, androgen irregularity is often caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Cushing syndrome, tumors, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. You also have a higher chance of developing hirsutism if you have a genetic predisposition.
What Treatment Options Help With Hirsutism?
During your consultation, we will go over your concerns and develop a strategy that aligns with your needs. Dr. Gainers offers several treatment options to help manage androgens. She may prescribe certain medications or topical creams to reduce the growth of hair. Additionally, while it takes the body a while to get used to the new hormone levels, we can effectively eliminate the hair with laser hair removal treatments. Dr. Gainers will also discuss if you plan on becoming pregnant soon because this could impact your treatment options.
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"I had a wonderful appointment with Dr. Gainors. She was so pleasant, took so much time with me to explain a lot of options and information about hair lose and the difference in the different areas of lose. I am pleased with the route we are going to explore with my situation and so happy she took the time to consider other options with me so I could make an informed decision. Would highly recommend her and her staff for hair and cosmetic concern."- K.O. / Google / Jul 27, 2021
How is hirsutism diagnosed?
Dr. Gainers will conduct a physical exam to understand the cause of your abnormal hair growth, as well as any other symptoms, before making an official diagnosis. We may also perform additional tests as needed and learn about your health and family history in order to rule out other conditions.
What about temporary hair removal?
Shaving is the most common way to remove unwanted hair on the face and body. While methods like shaving, waxing, and trimming are simple and safe, they must be done regularly to prevent stubble. However, many hair removal products can irritate sensitive skin and won't address the root of the problem. It's best to treat hirsutism with the help of a dermatologist in Chevy Chase, MD.
What is the outlook for people who have hirsutism?
Hirsutism may require ongoing treatment at Elaine Madeliene, depending on the extent of your condition. While your unwanted hair may not go away completely, we can help reduce the overall amount of hair growth. Most of our patients are very happy with their outcomes!
Treat Your Hirsutism Symptoms
Offering a compassionate and detailed approach, Dr. Gainers will treat your hirsutism holistically. Based on blood work or previous diagnosis from your physicians (PCOS or Cushing syndrome), Dr. Gainers can help manage the issue with medications, topical creams, and laser hair removal. If you feel embarrassed about hirsutism, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible at Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD.