Electrolysis permanently removes facial and body hair. It is generally safe when done by a qualified professional. Hair is removed using an electric current to kill the root of the hair. It is time consuming and can take from 18-36 months to remove all the hair permanently. It ranges from uncomfortable to painful and it can cause adverse skin reactions in some people but it is permanent, works on any type of hair and all skin types.
Before undergoing gender reassignment surgery it is essential to remove all hair in the genital area with electrolysis so you don’t have to worry about hair growing back on the skin after it has been repositioned internally.
Laser hair removal
This is a very modern technique that can remove hair from large areas of skin quite quickly. It is less painful than electrolysis, is expensive and doesn’t always remove the hair permanently. It works best on pale skin but light colored hair is not treated as effectively as dark hair. Skin damage and scarring can happen if the treatment is not carried out by a qualified practitioner.
The long term effects of lasers on the skin are not yet known. The flashing lights used can cause problems for migraine sufferers or those who have epilepsy.
Important safety information
Gender reassignment surgery includes major surgical procedures and must only be carried out by a surgeon who is certified as qualified by an internationally known and reputable association.
Anyone claiming to be able to perform this kind of surgery and hormone treatment should take time to help you explore your choices and feelings and should never pressure you to go ahead with any actions until you are completely comfortable with your decision.
Select your doctor very carefully; ask to see copies of their professional qualifications (and don’t be afraid to check them out with the issuing authority if you have any doubts). Ask for references from previous patients wherever possible.
Be cautious and NEVER go ahead with a doctor who you are not 100% sure about.
Visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Transhealth/Pages/Transyoungpeople.aspx or the ‘Physical’ section of the following link http://www.tsroadmap.com/notes/index.php/site/comments/excellent_advice_about_transgender_medical_care/ for extra information on all kinds of transgender