Gender Reassignment Surgery & Electrolysis
Beginning your journey to become on the outside who you have always felt like on the inside is an incredibly exciting time. Often, part of that journey is to remove unwanted hair from the face and body. Electrolysis is often the chosen route for hair removal, as it is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent removal of unwanted hair.
Will my electrologist be understanding?
The short answer is yes, definitely! The longer answer is that a large portion of people seeking electrolysis are transitioning. Although transitioning can be different for everyone, electrologists are sensitive to the journey you are on. If you are worried or uncomfortable, be open with your electrologist. Concerns vary from client to client, but an electrologists biggest concern is to make sure you are at ease.
Do I need to be on hormone therapy?
While ideally it is best to be on hormone therapy for a year before starting electrolysis, we understand that it is an extremely important step to help you feel more confident in your own skin. Therefore, we will gladly start treatments whenever you are ready.
Can I get electrolysis on my genital area before gender reassignment surgery (GRS)?
Yes! Permanent hair removal prior to gender reassignment surgery is incredibly important. The genital area, along with the face and neck, is one of the most common treatment areas for our transgender clients. Typically, we like to know what surgeon you will be working with for your GRS, as the guidelines we follow for genital hair removal can differ from surgeon to surgeon. It is a requirement by most surgeons and must be done only by electrolysis. Some surgeons that will tell you that they will “scrape the follicles during surgery.” We recommend you do not rely on only this, as you will not be able to remove any hair once the surgery has been done. If all hair has not been properly and permanently removed prior to surgery, the hair will grow inside the new vaginal canal and there is no way to remove it at that point.
Some clients are concerned that treating this area may be awkward or uncomfortable. For this reason, we prefer to start on the face, neck, or other areas. While having those areas treated, you will get to know your electrologist and when the time comes to treat the genital area, you’ll feel much more comfortable.
Making an appointment
Although we believe there should be no shame related to transitioning, we understand that sometimes it can be difficult to open up to a stranger over the phone about beginning your journey. In fact, many clients are shy when talking about hair removal in general. Because of this, we have both an email contact, as well as a text line. We know it can sometimes be easier to give details about hormone therapy, GRS, and desired treatment areas through text rather than over the phone. Give us a call, email, or text – we are excited to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.