While trans women are concerned about their hair appearing too masculine, particularly their facial hair, and it triggering their own dysphoria or having to deal with it in social situations or rejection from strangers, there are two other areas to consider as well.
The first is the breast area, particularly for trans women that haven’t started hormone treatment yet. Once the breast buds start to develop, this area can become particularly sensitive and, while HRT will likely reduce body hair, there’s no guarantee that it will reduce body hair to the cis female norm, particularly the heavier, terminal hairs. Some of the hair in this area is very androgen sensitive and HRT will likely reduce a lot of it, but hair around the areola tends to be driven by adrenal production rather than androgen production. While these hairs can be targeted at any point, you may wish to consider having them done prior to starting HRT if you haven’t done so already, as the pain will be greatly less.
The other area is the genitals. At least 6 months prior to SRS/GRS, most vaginoplasty surgeons recommend removing hair from the shaft and base of the penis, as well as the scrotum and perineum. They will scrape the skin during surgery, but the likelihood of removing all of the follicles is small. If all of the follicles are not destroyed, when the skin is reused in the neovagina, the result can be internal hair, causing pain, discomfort, bleeding, an increased risk of infection, and general unhappiness with the results for the patient and her partners.
At Emancipated Electrolysis LLC, taking care of our trans* clients needs in an affirming way is one of our primary missions. For more information about permanent hair removal or to book an appointment, contact us at hairinfo@EmancipatedElectrolysis.com or call us at 585-270-5230 and finally be freed from unwanted hair.