In the past, transgender people have had to deal with endless cycles of waxing & shaving and issues like embarrassing stubble, razor burn, bumps, and ingrown hairs. With laser hair removal, you can avoid these annoying side effects. Chance are you have already come across laser hair removal. But with so much conflicting information on the web, it can be difficult to know what is best for you. That’s why we’ve put together this ultimate guide to transgender laser hair removal.
1. How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take To See Permanent Results?
If you’ve ever gotten sunburnt, you have most definitely given your skin time to fully recover. It is the same with laser treatment. When you have laser hair removal your skin absorbs a tremendous amount of light energy and needs to recover. In addition to the healing, sessions are spread about every 6-8 weeks so your laser treatments can be timed and synchronised with your hair growth cycle. The hair on your skin is usually in different growth phases. Therefore multiple sessions are needed over several months to target and destroy up to 90% of hair follicles during their anagen ‘active’ growth phase.
2. What Point Of the Transition to Start Laser Hair Removal?
Transitioning is a unique journey for every individual with the end goal for the MTF (male-to-female) process varying from one individual to the next. That being said, it’s important to start in the early stages of your transition. Typical you’ll need 5-8 sessions spread over 6 months to 1 year to accomplish permanent hair removal. This is no quick fix! And even if some hair grows back, they will be much fewer, lighter and finer. So don’t be disheartened if this happens.
3. Laser Hair Removal as a Supplement to HRT
When hormones are correctly balanced in a woman’s body, your body can keep the testosterone that encourages facial hair growth in check. This is not always the case especially for transgender women hence the need for HRT, or hormone replacement therapy. But even with this, it’s not an exact science and results are not assured especially with stubborn facial hair. That’s why recommend getting laser hair removal even if you are on HTR. In fact, this will usually expedite the hair removal process. If you are concerned about the cost, you can start by doing laser hair removal on priority areas such as the face.
4. Do You Need to Do Anything Else After a Laser Session?
On average, laser damaged hair takes 5-14 days to naturally fall out. You probably won’t notice this happen but you don’t have to do anything to speed this process up. This doesn’t mean there are no aftercare guidelines. You still need to care for the treated skin as it recovers. Avoid direct sunlight for a few days, keep your skin moisturized (aloe vera gel is a good option with its soothing properties) and regularly check for any signs of an infection.
5. Can You Laser Any Part of Your Body?
Advancement in laser technology in the past decade have made the procedure very safe for almost part of the body. Apart from the eyebrows due to their close proximity to the eyes, most transgender women can safely get rid of hair from every part of their body including stubborn upper lip hairs and sideburns. During the procedure, protective glasses are worn by you and the practitioner.
6. Laser Hair Removal for Genital Gender Affirming (GAS) Surgery
To prevent unwanted hair growth and associated complications, genital GAS has become a recognized reason for permanent hair removal. GAS surgeons require permanent hair removal from any skin area that will be moved to reside within a partially closed cavity within the body. While no technique achieves 100% permanent removal of all unwanted hair, laser hair removal (LHR) is the preferred treatments for permanent removal because of its higher efficacy.
7. How to Choose Your Practioner
When you go for your consultation, ensure you enquire on which laser removal device they use. Unbranded cheap lasers purchased on the internet can be dangerous. Also as bad, is the right laser in the wrong hands. Only put your trust in a reputable laser specialist. This means your results will be greatly influenced by the technology used and the experience of the practitioner. At Dr Aesthetica, we use Splendor X from Lumenis. Splendor X used state-of-the-art proprietary laser technology to offer unprecedented power, speed, versatility and coverage rate. This means greater comfortable coupled with better results than any other laser on the market.
Transgender Hair removal in Birmingham
At Dr Aesthetica, we have worked with many transgender clients and guarantee a professional and personal experience. For transgender laser hair removal in Birmingham, get in touch to book your appointment.