We have treated many transsexuals for hair removal in the Studio, all at varying stages into their sex change journey. We have learnt so much from them and are proud to call them our friends. It’s not an easy journey to undertake, and it’s not undertaken lightly. Hair is a big issue, especially on the face for a male to female transsexual, yet it seems that often hormones aren’t prescribed until the person is living in the main as a woman. Yet having facial hair can really affect this as it is a big part of being able to feel feminine. Why is someone expected to go to work as a woman, yet have facial hair? Of course it can be shaved, but this often produces the unwanted ‘shadow’. A more permanent solution is often sought, but faces it’s own difficulties as the hair needs to be there a little for treatment to take place.
Treatment for facial hair removal is a big part of the sex change journey. What treatment is best, should it be laser or electrolysis? I can’t answer this question unfortunately as different treatments suit different people, but we have had amazing success with electrolysis. It is a long process and requires a high level of commitment, but with a trusting relationship set up between therapist and client it is hugely successful and rewarding. Electrolysis is the only form of hair removal that can claim permanence and I have seen many clients who have been disappointed with their laser/IPL treatments, and then again others who have found it good. Electrolysis is often still required to ‘mop up’ remaining hairs as laser only reduces them.
Electrolysis is the only approved method of hair removal on the genitalia prior to gender reassignment surgery because of its permanence. This is also for female to male transsexuals who often require hair removal on their forearm. The forearm skin is often used to create new male genitalia.
The NHS often do fund for hair removal prior to genitalia reassignment surgery as this is seen as part of the surgical process. However they tend to be quite late in setting up this process and leaving hair removal until the last minute is not advisable. I would recommend starting treatment for hair removal on the genitalia (M to F) or the forearm (F to M) at least 2 years prior to surgery. It is best to check with your surgeon (or their nurse) to see if hair removal is even required, as it isn’t always the case.
If you would like to discuss electrolysis for your hair removal requirements we would love to see you.