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What is the best way to get rid of unwanted facial hair when dealing with pcos?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Medications
Because a hair follicle has a 4-6 month life span-you must be patient.
Generally, we want to lower circulating androgens using birth control pills or in severe forms-lupron a gnrh-agonist. At the level of the hair follicle, we prevent the androgen from binding using spironolactone and-or androgens from being converted to the most potent androgen-dihydrotestesterone using flutamide. Be patient!

In brief: Medications
Because a hair follicle has a 4-6 month life span-you must be patient.
Generally, we want to lower circulating androgens using birth control pills or in severe forms-lupron a gnrh-agonist. At the level of the hair follicle, we prevent the androgen from binding using spironolactone and-or androgens from being converted to the most potent androgen-dihydrotestesterone using flutamide. Be patient!
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Dr. Steven Lindheim
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
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In brief: Laser, aldactone (spironolactone)
A combination of hormonal treatment with anti androgens such as Aldactone (spironolactone) or tagmamet tocweaken hair combined with laser treatment will reduce hair. It is more difficult to treat than someonewithout oxox and may require 6 sessions with possible touchup sessions about 3 months apart.

In brief: Laser, aldactone (spironolactone)
A combination of hormonal treatment with anti androgens such as Aldactone (spironolactone) or tagmamet tocweaken hair combined with laser treatment will reduce hair. It is more difficult to treat than someonewithout oxox and may require 6 sessions with possible touchup sessions about 3 months apart.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
I agree with Dr. Westfried. I would also add that depending on the patient and how much hair we are talking about, electrolysis is still an excellent method of truly permanent hair removal. However, this procedure is regulated very differently from state to state. And it is not often offered in any given Dermatology practice. Word of mouth often is a good way of finding someone good.
Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
In brief: Laser
Laser treatments have really advanced and now are more available and more effective.
Treating the underlying condition with weight loss, metformin, and Aldactone (spironolactone) is helpful as well, but if hair is already there, look for a reputable laser hair removal doctor and go for what is usually a free consultation. Good luck!

In brief: Laser
Laser treatments have really advanced and now are more available and more effective.
Treating the underlying condition with weight loss, metformin, and Aldactone (spironolactone) is helpful as well, but if hair is already there, look for a reputable laser hair removal doctor and go for what is usually a free consultation. Good luck!
Dr. David Wyatt
Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. Robert Dons
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Hair on face
Safest and most effective is plucking and shaving.
It will not cause more hair to grow in spite of rumors to the contrary. Other methods are variably effective (aldactone) or risky (laser).

In brief: Hair on face
Safest and most effective is plucking and shaving.
It will not cause more hair to grow in spite of rumors to the contrary. Other methods are variably effective (aldactone) or risky (laser).
Dr. Robert Dons
Dr. Robert Dons
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