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Is facial hair removal necessary?

According to a survey of 1,000 women carried out as part of a recent health and beauty campaign, 95% agreed that the removal of facial hair is a necessary step for improving quality of life. Almost one-third of women with unwanted facial hair are said to suffer clinical depression, 1 in 4 believe it has stood in their way of a promotion, and more than 40% say it has been a stumbling block for continuing a relationship.

What causes excess growth?

The appearance of excess hair on the chin and around the lips, and to a lesser extent the chest, is a condition known as hirsutism, which affects a considerable number of women in the UK. This female condition has a variety of causes, most of which relate to excess androgen production and hormonal imbalance.

Facial hair removal may be a necessary choice if it starts to grow through during and after treatment for other health conditions. Medications that use testosterone, anabolic steroids, danazol and metryrapone can cause excessive facial hair growth in women. You may also experience this problem as a result of the following health issues:

  • Genetics
  • Ovarian/adrenal tumours
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Hyperthecosis
  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy
  • Metabolic disorders

What removal treatments can I use?

When considering facial hair removal you should ask if it is economical, pain-free, safe for use, convenient and long-lasting before making a purchase. Below are five of the most frequently used procedures.

Laser therapy

A technique employed to destroy the follicles beneath the skin surface to stop hair from growing. The average course of treatment consists of 6 to 8 sessions, after which the problem may be completely eradicated.

In between treatments, you must shave rather than pluck or wax the affected area of skin, which may be painful. Laser is not effective on blonde, white or grey facial hair.


IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light, which involves various light wavelengths instead of a single wavelength (laser therapy). This too must be continued for at least six (and up to ten) treatments, with a duration of one to three months in between.

After the full course of treatment hair should cease to return, or at worst, come back finer.

Though a less painful procedure than the laser, IPL is costly (£300+) and cannot guarantee results.


During electrolysis treatment the hairs receive an electric shock through a fine, sterile needle that is inserted carefully into the follicle. This is a permanent solution as the supply of blood and oxygen to the hair is eliminated, killing it.

It too has its drawbacks; you will need more than 12 sessions, which could prove to be costlier than other treatment methods depending on the severity of your problem. Hair in sensitive areas of the face such as the upper lip can take up to ten hours to clear and may cause extreme pain.

Facial hair removal cream

Cream formulas can be applied topically twice daily to significantly halt the growth of unwanted hair. Thousands of women use topical cream in addition to the permanent methods to increase results.

Vaniqa is the only FDA approved treatment for hair reduction in women. This topical cream is developed specifically for slowing the production and severity of facial hair problems, usually around the lips and on the chin.

How can I order hair removal products online?

If you are in need of a reliable, medically approved facial hair removal treatment, then Vaniqa may be the right choice for you. It can be prescribed to you by a UK doctor at 121doc and your treatment can be delivered directly to your door with our free next day delivery. Complete a simple online consultation and our doctors will review it to ensure you're suitable for this treatment. Once you're approved, the prescription is sent to our pharmacy and the order is processed for delivery.

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What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.