I live far away from any electrologists, so I’ve been driving to the Denver area (6.5 hours each way) and having 5 hour sessions on Saturdays. I have only had work on my chest, and the hairs have just started to grow back. I would say 80% of them are ingrown. I have to dig each one out with tweezers and/or a needle, which I’m not happy about.
One thing I noticed is that my electrologist plucks the hairs out, even if there is lots of resistance. I would say this happened with most hairs she zapped. I don’t know if any progress has even been made. After emailing her my concerns, this was her response:
[color:#000099]"Since the majority of the chest hairs were in the telegen stage (big white ball) they are super swallow and right under the surface. They have to come out one way or another but if you were to blast them out with a higher setting you would have burn holes that may cause scarring or pitting. You definitely will feel a “pop” when pulling them out. The probe can’t get through the dried keratin ball but the heat should be killing some germ cells beneath it.
I actually surprised you can have regrowth in just one weeks time. Typically chest/back hair has a regrowth time of 6-7 weeks. High levels of androgen can speed up the cycle but a week seems awfully quick. The best time to treat hair are in early anagen (new growth; straight weak and easy) so usually you have at least a month or so to see them start to appear after you removed the shedding hair. I am not totally sure why yours would be set up and growing up towards the surface already. Could be they were stuck under the ones we pulled out? Hmmmm… This bugs me. Sorry you have having to deal with this. Is the area surrounding the ingrown hair inflamed? As long as you still aren’t seeing tiny scabs, exfoliating should be fine.
Your stomach was much different. Could be hydration but mostly a lot of your hairs were in the anagen/categen stage stage so they were much deeper with root sheaths so they slid out like they should. Some of those I had to hit twice but a lot had 2 hairs together, too. "[/color]
Is she just squeezing money out of me? I forgot to mention she’s pregnant which makes me wonder if she’s trying to get extra parenting money. Is what she’s saying legit? Am I just prone to ingrown hairs? I find it very strange that Google doesn’t bring up any pictures or posts about people with as severe of ingrown hairs as me.
Any input would be appreciated, thanks!