Q&A: Do you believe that [my facial hair] will grow and will look normal again in time [after getting electrolysis in the past]?Posted: July 16, 2012
Im FTM. In my previous -female- life I had electrolyses (epilation) to my cheeks and upper lip. Now Im on T for 3 mounths. Only a very tiny and scattered hairs came just on my chin bone. Some of them long, others much more thin than the long ones, I mean not spread evenly and same length. Do you beleive that they will grow and will look normal again in time?
I checked my cheeks with magnifier, and saw that there are very tiny and pale colored hairs all over my cheeks. Do you beleive that they will grow, turn black, getting thick in time?
Answer by Lee Penman from TfTM on 7/17/2012:
Electrolysis is a spot specific treatment that causes the interior of the follicle to heal in such a way that a callous of skin walls off the interior of the follicle, this closes off access to the follicular blood supply, and also eliminates the germative growth cells that start the hairs. Usually there is no way a hair can grow back in that follicle.
However women with hormone imbalances can sometimes grow new hair (the testosterone in your case would be equivalent to a hormone imbalance). Also previously ‘non active’ follicles may open and produce hair. The follicle that was originally treated is unlikely to produce new growth though.
I would say it would depend how hormonally sensitive your body is as to how reactive it will be to the influx of testosterone in a previously estrogen dominant system.
I will add though, that the fact that you have produced scattered growth may be hopeful but I am guessing hair [on your chin] will always be patchy.
If you had several treatments [on your cheeks] it might be difficult as the hairs will not grow the same. You may get a light ‘fuzz’ type of hair but I have to say it is unlikely that you will have the kind of growth you would have had without the treatment.
Wish I could be more hopeful….
Answer by Wes Austin on 7/16/2012:
The point of electrolysis is to completely destroy the hairs and hair follicle. Having this done means that no hair will be able to grow there. Testosterone can only stimulate follicles that haven’t been destroyed. Unfortunately, this means that you won’t be able to grow any facial hairs in the areas that the electrolysis worked.
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