Electrolysis for the Transgendered Community – Seven Things You Need to Know

For transgendered people, electrolysis is the best option for permanent hair removal. While it can be relatively expensive, time-consuming, and some people find it uncomfortable, there is no other permanent hair removal for transgender that gives lasting results, and it is the only permanent solution that’s approved by the FDA.

Aside from removal of unwanted hair, why else might you wish to consider electrolysis hair removal over other methods? Laser removal, for example, may seem an attractive option but it’s often uncomfortable, very expensive, cannot be used on certain skin or hair types, and is not permanent. Shaving, as you already know, can nick the skin, lead to unsightly rashes, and a few hours later, you’re stubbly. Depilatory creams are messy, and can cause allergic reactions; waxing, sugaring, and epilation are again, uncomfortable… and of course, none of these are even remotely permanent. Do you really want to be spending ages every day in the pursuit of a smooth, feminine, hair-free body? The best transgender hair removal solution is electrolysis.

So what are the seven things you need to know about electrolysis hair removal for transgender?

Should I consider transgender hair removal before or after my transition?
When to begin electrolysis treatment is entirely up to the individual but many people prefer to get ahead of the game, and make permanent hair removal one of the first changes in their transitional journey.

How uncomfortable is electrolysis hair removal?
Everyone’s pain threshold is different, so it’s impossible to give an exact answer; some people experience mild discomfort, while others find the process extremely painful. If you have already started hormone treatment, you may well find that your skin is more sensitive now; if that’s the case, or if you know you have a low tolerance for pain, you may wish to consider using an anesthetic cream, such as Emla or LMX, prior to each treatment.

How long does electrolysis take?
Transgender hair removal is not a quick-fix, it’s a long process, sometimes taking up to four years to completely remove facial hair, with each session lasting between 45 and 60 minutes. If your surgery is going to take place while undergoing your electrolysis treatment, be sure to inform your electrologist so that s/he can contact your surgeon in order that pre-surgery protocols may be followed. This is especially important if you’re having hair removal in the genital area.

How much does electrolysis hair removal cost?
It really depends on how many sessions are needed, the size of the area to be treated, and the type of hair to be removed, so it’s hard to give a definite answer. It could be up to as much as $20,000 over a period of several years; however, some people end up paying much less, while there will always be a few for whom the cost is greater.

Are there any after-effects I should know about?
In a worst-case scenario, there may be some scarring but mainly, the only after-effects are some temporary redness and a little swelling.

Do I need to follow an aftercare routine?
You should avoid very hot baths and showers, saunas, and sunbathing for a couple of days after treatment, and some clinics advise avoiding swimming too. Obviously, if you have had facial electrolysis, then applying makeup should be avoided – although Sterex tinted cream may be applied. It’s best to avoid touching the area that’s been treated, especially on the face, so do make sure you cleanse gently, using cotton wool pads… and absolutely do not pick at any scabs which may form. Sterex soothing gel may be applied but again, use a cotton wool pad, not your fingers. Most importantly, do inform your electrologist immediately if you experience any adverse reactions.

Finally, do your homework
Not all electrologists are created equal, so firstly, make sure you choose a Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE), and secondly, ask around your social circles; people are always happy to share their success stories, and peer recommendations are usually a much better guideline than picking a clinic out of the telephone directory. You should also speak to your MD, surgeon, and counsellor because they may have lists of recommended electrologists who work with the transgender community. Ask for an in-office consultation, and don’t be afraid of contacting several practitioners if needs be; remember, you are likely to be spending years with your electrologist, so it is vital you find the right one.

If you are looking for New York transgender hair removal, please get in touch. At Abracadabra, we have many years’ experience of helping transgendered people achieve a more feminine appearance, and we understand and respect the need for confidentiality. We also offer free consultations, so what have you got to lose, other than unwanted hair?

Call us today and arrange a free consultation for the best transgender hair removal in New York!

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