Regrowth is hair that seemingly reappears in the same area, that was previously treated by electrology, but not necessarily in the same hair follicles. This will depend on the proficiency of the electrologist.
Electrology treatment does not cure the causes of excess hair growth. It eliminates the effects of the various causes. The two most common causes are heredity and the aging process. Glandular disturbances, pregnancy, stress, certain drugs, obesity and even anorexia nervosa, underweight by voluntary starvation, are other causes of excess hair growth. They all stimulate the hormone necessary to grow excess hair.
The electrologist can only remove hair from follicles presently growing hair. Each square inch of the skin contains several hundred hair follicles, but only a certain amount of these follicles may be growing hair or hairs presently. The remaining hair follicles could grow hairs at any time depending on the particular hair’s cycle and the causes of the excess hair for that particular patient. When these new hairs eventually do grow, they are growing from previously dormant hair follicles, in the same area that has been treated. They are not necessarily the same hair follicles, but may appear to be, to the naked eye.
Analogous to electrology is dental treatment. After a dentist proficiently treats several cavities for a patient, the dentist cannot say to that patient, “you will never get another cavity”! This is also true for the electrologist. The practitioner can never say, “you will never grow another hair”!
Fortunately each area of the body has a set amount of hair follicles and once most or all of the active hair follicles are successfully treated the excess hair problem in that particular area is basically completed. The time necessary to complete a particular problem will depend on the severity of the problem, the causes, the type of hair, sensitivity of the skin, and the sensitivity of the patient.
Once an area is successfully treated, it may be necessary to receive a short treatment at infrequent intervals, depending on the particular case.
Copyright 1987: Milady Publishing, Albany, N.Y., Modern Electrology, author, Fino Gior.