Does Lightsheer Work for People with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

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Laser hair reduction

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The Lightsheer diode laser is an excellent choice for permanent hair reduction, regardless of the cause. Those who respond the best to laser hair reduction have:

  • dark hair
  • light skin pigment

You should not be tanning both before and after treatment, and be aware that multiple treatments are typically required.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon

Lightsheer, 810nm diode works well for all skin types

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The Lightsheer is the brand name for a gold standard, hair reduction laser. It uses a wavelength that allows for treatment of unwanted hair in people of different skin types.

That being said the best candidate for hair reduction remains the fair complected patient with black, coarse hair.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is not a contraindication to laser hair reduction treatments. Patients with PCOS can be a challenge no matter what kind of laser is used, due to androgen hormone stimulation of hair growth in unwanted places. Adequate control of hormone imbalance due to PCOS is very helpful to successful and long lasting laser hair reduction.

Lightsheer for hair reduction

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The lightsheer diode laser works very well for hair reduction.  It works by targeting melanin (pigment) in the hair, which is why is only works on dark hairs.  If the skin is pigmented or tanned, the laser will target it, so there is a higher risk of hyperpigmentation in darker skin types.  Having the treatments in a physician's office, avoiding the sun before and after treatments, and having test spots done prior to treatment are good ways to help reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation. 

Donna Bilu Martin, MD
Aventura Dermatologist

Lightsheer is great for patients with PCOS

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Yes, it works the same as in other patients. Make sure to get a test area to avoid scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

Gary Goldenberg, MD
New York Dermatologist

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