UNWANTED facial hair is a distressing experience for many women – some even contemplate taking their own lives.
Sheila Godfrey, head of the Skin Therapy Centre in Solihull, has received a flood of enquiries following a recent feature on BBC’s The One Show which featured a woman whose life had been blighted by the condition.
“With possibly up to 28 per cent of women in the UK suffering from unwanted facial hair, I am delighted that this typically vetoed subject has been aired,” said Sheila. “I work with a lot of clients who have suffered with unwanted hair and I know from talking to them that the hardest first step to take is to decide to do something about it and pick up the phone.
“When patients, and that includes both men and women, leave after that first consultation I can see the burden, the depression and the worry visibly fall away. It really does affect a lot of people in a very serious psychological way.
“Considering that we talk about removing hair from every other part of our body quite openly, it is quite surprising that facial hair is still a big no-go area for discussion and is hidden away. “
An initial consultation takes around half an hour where treatments can be explained and the cause of the hair growth can be identified. Sometimes it can be hormones, a medical reason such as polycystic ovary syndrome or simple that this problem runs in the family.
The therapist then uses electrolysis, intense pulse light or laser.
For more information on the services the practice offers, call 0121 705 3632.