Hi all, I am new to this forum but have been following it for a while as I have been extremely tentative about starting any kind of hair removal on my face for fear of what might happen. Please excuse the length of this post but I am nervous and have many questions.
Firstly, I have PCOS, but luckily for me, the facial hair I have is vellus hair, not course terminal hair. The problems are random long hairs on my face and chin and very long (at least a centimetre) hairs on my cheeks and sides of my face. The hairs are blonde but shine kind of golden under lights. I have red hair, and the longer hairs at the side of my face make me look like I have red sideburns if you see them in certain light. The other problem I have, is that the hairs on one side of my face grow downwards, but on the other side they grow left to right. Combined with their length and the way the light catches them where they bend over and lay against my skin, they look unsightly. I was diagnosed about 15 years ago and recent blood tests showed my testosterone levels are at 1, so everything seems to be under control. Part of my problem could be just genetics, as my mum has a slightly fuzzy face and my grandmother, but not like mine.
Anyway, I visited two electrologists and the first one didn’t seem to have any training, even though she had been doing it a long time. The room she worked out of was also not the cleanest place. The second one was clean, the girl I saw had had some treatments herself and she seemed to really know what she was talking about. I was still nervous though, especially about the hairs growing back worse. They use thermolysis. She did the tiniest test patch along my jaw/cheek where she said we would be more likely to see any hormonal effects on the hair. This was only 4 days ago. She told me to wait two weeks to see how my skin reacted and wait for the hair to come back to see if it changed. So far, my skin is fine. I can see two tiny spots where she took hairs but my skin went back to it’s normal white/pale self after 30 minutes and I have had no problems since. I don’t think she took more than 10 hairs though.
My main questions are:
- Is two weeks long enough to watch for the hairs to grow back (which I may not notice if they grow back normally, as there is so much hair there)? I thought it was more like 6 weeks?
- In anyone else’s experience, will the electrolysis have any effect on the hairs removed or surrounding hair to make it more coarse?
- How long should I expect a treatment to be (a session) to remove vellus hairs from sideburn/cheek areas? and along one cheek/jaw?- the second girl told me she would do ten minutes per side. She seemed quick and I think did it properly as I felt no tweezing, but I don’t know how many hairs you can remove in ten minutes.
I may have more questions, but for now I would just like some advice on the above queries. I hate to think I could make my face look any worse than it is and so want to look normal.