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Laser Hair Removal Caused More Hair Growth?
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deemariexoxo posted:
A few years ago I received laser hair removal on my upper lip, chin and upper neck. After completing all of my scheduled treatments, not only did my hair in those areas grow back thicker but there is hair on my neck that wasn't there before. I have an embarrassing thick layer of hair where I used to only have 6-7 stray hairs. The company said it was probably my hormones and left it at that, with no solution. After years of plucking and waxing I have finally come to my breaking point and hope to find an answer to this. I've done research and found that an endocrinologist may be able to help. But I have also seen that the laser has stimulated hair that was not there and it's irreversible. I am willing to try anything. I would appreciate any feedback or advice. Thank you so much for your time, I really really appreciate it.
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear DeeMarie,

Unfortunately, you are experiencing an uncommon, but troubling side effect of laser hair removal known as "paradoxical hypertrichosis." This happens rarely (it is not known why) in a small subset of people treated with laser hair removal.

There are a few preliminary studies that show treatment with an Alexandrite laser can sometimes reduce this extra hair. The best thing would be to consult w a dermatologist in your area who is a laser specialist. Undoubtedly do not go to a medi-spa as they will not be versed in this uncommon side effect.

I hope that helps and please keep us posted
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
www.TareenDermatology.com


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