Hautarzt. 2008 Apr;59(4):325-37; quiz 338. doi: 10.1007/s00105-008-1489-z.
[Article in German]


Hypertrichosis denotes growth of hair on any part of the body in excess of the amount usually present in persons of the same age, race, and sex, excluding androgen-dependent hair growth. Hypertrichosis may be an isolated finding or associated with a syndrome, be associated with additional congenital anomalies or a marker for systemic disease. In order to diagnose it accurately, the age of onset, type, localization and pattern of hair growth, associated disorders, medications and perhaps associated anomalies and family history should be considered. Even though hypertrichosis usually has limited medical significance, it often causes cosmetic embarrassment, often resulting in a significant emotional burden. Treatment options are available, though limited in terms of efficacy and patient satisfaction. No single method of hair removal is appropriate for all body locations and patients, and the one adopted will depend on the type, area, and amount of excessive hair growth, as well as on the age, sex, and personal preference of the patient. Patients with hypertrichosis should be adequately advised of the treatment modalities. These include cosmetic procedures (bleaching, trimming, shaving, plucking, waxing, chemical epilatories, electrosurgical epilation), and hair removal using light sources and lasers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Female
  • Hair Removal / methods*
  • Humans
  • Hypertrichosis* / chemically induced
  • Hypertrichosis* / classification
  • Hypertrichosis* / complications
  • Hypertrichosis* / diagnosis
  • Hypertrichosis* / epidemiology
  • Hypertrichosis* / psychology
  • Hypertrichosis* / therapy
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Sex Factors