(Androgen/Testosterone/Hormone Imbalance led superfluous facial hair in ladies)
These are very tricky questions to answer as there can be so many physiological variables. This can depend on so many different things such as – where the hair growth is situated, how much is visible, the type of hair growth, the reason for the hair growth (genetic, hormonal, medical reasons, PCOS etc), how long it’s been there for, what methods of removal have been used so far. Self perception also plays a large part.
We must also consider health, underlying medical issues and medications (both prescribed and non-prescribed) For a huge amount of ladies of all ages, unwanted facial hair is caused by hyper-sensitivities to androgen/hormone levels within the body’s blood supply.
At any point in time there is only about 30% of hair growth visible, even though there can be as many as 300 follicles per square centimetre of skin. This means that there’s a huge number of follicles lying dormant under the surface out of view. This is why regular appointments are needed at first as not all superfluous hair is growing at the same time. Very quickly you will be able to see the hair growth reducing throughout your treatments; slowing, becoming finer and much more sparse. The pigmentation can also diminish lessening any previous colour/dark shadow. Spots and blemishes from tweezing and waxing disappear very quickly and even the most self conscious person can find they think less and less about the growth once treatment has started.
When it comes to the hair growth cycle, a good comparison is – you weed your garden one weekend and throw all the weeds into the bin. Next weekend? Loads more weeds have appeared! These aren’t the same weeds that have come back (those old ones are dead in the bin) these are the new batch that have decided to grow. Hair growth is really quite similar.
When the time is right for each individual follicle a new hair is generated and will eventually show above the surface. This is called the hair growth cycle and along with hormonal influences, is one of the reasons for many treatments. The length of this cycle varies between areas, faces can be a few weeks, scalps can be 3-4 years.
If these hairs have been tweezed, waxed or threaded at all, this knocks the hair growth cycle completely out of sync. As these hairs have effectively been ‘ripped’ out taking epidermal skin with them and creating a follicular bleed (ever tweezed a hair then noticed a blood spot?) these follicles will be super-nourished by this blood which feeds the hair-growing stem and germ cells. Both the hormonal influences and follicular stimulation produce bigger and stronger hairs which become resistant to treatment.
Individual follicles are treated precisely with electrolysis which cauterises the blood supply, stem cells and germ cells which are all responsible for growing hair. The aim is to perform effective electrolysis treatments to both reduce the time of appointments and extend the time between each appointment. Most clients are recommended weekly or fortnightly treatments for the first 2-3 months. This time-frame allows hairs which were previously tweezed to regrow and allows us to see what extent of growth must be dealt with. (It can come as quite a surprise to clients that the 10-15 or so hairs they thought they were repeatedly tweezing are closer to 100-150 in number) Within 6-9 months the majority of clients will find their appointments have both reduced in time and are spaced further apart. After a year or so, the monthly appointments have almost always halved in time. We aim to get to the stage where clients don’t require set appointments and only contact us when they feel an individual need.
Of course, each person is unique, as is their hair growth which is why your appointment schedule is created and adapted just for you.