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Although often not a serious he alth problem, being a woman with a mustache often lowers self-confidence. If you have this complaint, don't worry anymore, because there are several ways that doctors can do to treat this condition
In the medical world, the condition of hair growth in unusual parts of a woman's body is called hirsutism. Apart from having a mustache, women who suffer from hirsutism can also experience hair growth in other parts of the body, such as the chin, chest, stomach, arms, and back.
Not only hair growth in certain parts of the body, women who suffer from hirsutism can also experience several other symptoms, such as irregular menstruation, lots of acne growing, heavier voice, baldness, enlarged clitoris, increased muscle mass, and breast size smaller.
The Cause of a Woman with a Mustache
A woman can look hairier because of genetic or hereditary factors. Many women experience this condition because they have a biological family, such as a mother or sister, with a similar condition.
In addition to heredity, the appearance of a mustache or a lot of hair growing on a woman's body can also be caused by the high amount of androgen hormone (testosterone) in the body. Testosterone is normally higher in men and only in small amounts in women.
There are several factors that can cause the amount of androgens in a woman's body to exceed normal, namely:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS (This is a common cause of imbalanced hormone production in a woman's body)
- Cushing's Syndrome
- Tumor of the ovaries or adrenal glands
- Thyroid disorders
- insulin resistance
- Side effects of certain drugs, such as corticosteroids, minoxidil (a drug that contains the hormone testosterone), danocrine (a drug to treat endometriosis), the anticonvulsant phenytoin, and cyclosporin
Given the many causes that can be behind the growth of mustaches in women, this condition should be checked by a doctor.
To find out the cause, the doctor will run a series of examinations that include physical and supporting examinations, such as blood tests to determine hormone levels in the body.
Not only that, the doctor may also perform imaging or radiological examinations, such as CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound, on the ovaries and adrenal glands to detect whether there are tumors or cysts in these organs.
How to Remove Mustache on Women
Mustaches that grow on women can be removed by simple means, such as shaving, waxing, or plucking. However, this method is not able to permanently remove the mustache, so the mustache can grow again in the future.
If you want to get rid of your mustache permanently, you need to be treated directly by a doctor. The treatment that doctors do to permanently remove mustache is different for each woman, depending on what factors are causing it.
The following are some of the treatment steps that doctors can take to remove mustache in women:
1. Administration of drugs
Several types of drugs can be prescribed by doctors to treat hirsutism, namely the contraceptive pill (birth control pills) and antiandrogen drugs, such as flutamide, spironolactone, and finasteride, to stop the production of androgen hormones.
In addition, the doctor may also give you a drug in the form of eflornithine cream which functions to inhibit hair growth. If the hair growth is caused by insulin resistance, the doctor may also prescribe diabetes medication.
These drugs usually show results after 3–6 months of use. However, if after more than 6 months of using the drug there is no result or the mustache is still growing as usual, the doctor may refer you to a specialist for laser therapy or electrolysis procedures.
2. Laser therapy
This method uses laser light to damage hair follicles and inhibit hair or mustache growth. However, it takes several times of therapy to get maximum results.
Like other medical procedures, laser therapy can cause side effects, including sunburn and skin discoloration.
3. Intense pulsed light (IPL)
The procedure and how IPL works is similar to laser therapy. However, the type of light used is different. IPL utilizes light with a certain wavelength and strength to generate heat in the skin tissue. This hot temperature will then damage the hair follicles, so that hair growth becomes stunted.
The IPL procedure usually takes about 20-30 minutes per session and can be repeated several times. Although it is quite effective in removing mustache and body hair, IPL is not recommended for pregnant women or people with dark skin tone.
This procedure is done by inserting a small needle into each hair follicle and then an electric current will be given to damage the hair follicle and inhibit hair growth.Before the needle is inserted, the doctor will give an anesthetic or local anesthetic to prevent pain.
Similar to laser therapy, electrolysis needs to be done several times to get maximum results.
In addition to removing the mustache, the doctor will also treat diseases that may be the cause. The treatment carried out by the doctor will of course be adjusted to the disease suffered and the patient's overall he alth condition.
The appearance of mustache caused by heredity may not require special medical treatment. However, if the growth of many mustaches is caused by certain medical conditions, then the factors causing the appearance of these mustaches need to be treated appropriately by a doctor.