I’m a 15-year-old Indian girl with excessive body hair and am considering laser hair removal as a permanent option. What is your advice?

Many young females of sub-continent origin and those from GCC countries do seem to have excessive body hair. This is largely attributed to the genetic pre-disposition of the women from both regions.

However, in several cases, a vast majority of women suffering from underlying Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome (PCOS) also face this problem.

[I have PCOS and unable to lose weight]

The other component of PCOS includes menstrual irregularities, unexplained weight gain, primary or secondary infertility (difficulty to conceive after marriage) and an increased tendency for insulin resistance, which can sometime lead to an early onset of diabetes mellitus.

I mention this to suggest that we must investigate you to rule out PCOS in your case. This investigation mainly consists of a blood test for estimation of hormonal levels and doing a pelvic ultrasound to rule out presence of ovarian cysts. If these tests positively confirm the presence of PCOS, then an appropriate endocrinological management through suitable hormone combination treatment becomes necessary.

To treat your excessive body hair, I recommend you visit a well-reputed dermatology centre. It is important to mention that not all hair removal lasers are effective in treating every individual. This is because different body hair types need specific lasers to offer an effective treatment outcome. The racial origin of the sufferer does play an important role in determining the body hair type and thereby selecting a suitable laser.

Make sure the laser technician is well skilled and has the professional confidence in treating similar patients of your skin type, and the success rate of their treatments.

Finally, you must keep in mind that there is no such thing as permanent total body hair removal. What you might see is a significant reduction in body hair.

This is because the influence of genetic background and underlying hormonal variations/abnormalities can play a restrictive role in many sufferers for achieving 100 per cent successful results.

Dr Ikramullah Nasir is a specialist dermatologist and medical director at Dermacare Skin Centre, Dubai. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.