Non-facial trans* hair removal issues

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.

Transgender beard removal

Perhaps the most difficult job in electrolysis, is the removal of an androgenic beard, whether caused by PCOS in cisgender females, or the testosterone in a trans* person or cisgender male.

Unlike menopausal facial hair growth that many women experience, a true beard is very resilient, with a firm follicle structure and coarse, dense hair.

Proper settings and insertions are vitally critical in such a situation, and androgenic beards are best handled by people that already have experience in doing them. They simply aren’t the same as when grandma wants to have a few hairs on her chin removed and you aren’t going to get very far if the electrologist treats them as such. Many electrologists simply aren’t aggressive enough in their treatment and are content to routinely treat the same hair over and over again, becoming comfortable with the idea that their job is some sort of ongoing maintenance, rather than something to finish. Most electrologists don’t like to work longer sessions as the dirty little secret is, they make more money off shorter ones.

Many people seek to have laser first, and that is fine, if all you are looking to do is reduce your hair. Sometimes, it is recommended to start with laser and then finish with electrolysis as a means of saving money. At best, that approach may save some time, but it isn’t likely to save much money, as the remaining hair will be thinner and more frail, with a deeper and more traumatized follicle that takes a longer time to individually treat than if laser had never been done. We feel that, given the price of laser and the costly contracts many salons try to hook people on, we can help people more effectively for less than what it would cost to have laser first and then finish with electrolysis.

At Emancipated Electrolysis LLC, the proper treatment of androgenic beard hair is so important to us, it is what we specialize in. Yes, we are more than happy to work on grandma too, but we get the most enjoyment out of helping those with the most serious hair removal needs. While most electrologists shy away from such projects, we thrive on them. Whether you are trans*, have PCOS, or are a cisgender male, we are your safe, supportive, private resource to put a permanent end to your beard problems.

Email us at HairInfo@EmancipatedElectrolysis.com or call us at 585-270-5230 to schedule a free consultation, and finally be freed from your unwanted hair.