Will an electrologist be able to understand what transgender is about?
Permanent hair removal is a very important part of my process. I'm on hormone therapy to reduce new hair growth, but I need a permanent solution for my existing facial and body hair. I've done my homework and I know that electrolysis is the only permanent method, but I'm afraid to pick up the phone. I haven't shared this with very many people.
Absolutely. Just make sure you select a certified electrologist to ensure that you are dealing with someone who takes utmost pride in performing their professional responsibilities. A professional electrologist is aware of what you are trying to accomplish and how electrolysis fits into your process. They will respect you, your choice and your privacy.
Will the electrologist have experience with transgender clients?
It's likely, but don't be afraid to ask. If they don't, and you would be more comfortable with someone who has other transgender clients, ask for a referral. An electrologist who is experienced with the transgender population will likely also have a referral source of MDs, cosmetologists, estheticians, massage therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists to share with you, if you wish. An electrologist with transgender experience can be a valuable partner in your transition.
Can electrolysis remove hair in the genital area?
Yes. However, your electrologist may ask which surgeon you are working with in order to follow his/her pre-surgical protocols. It is important to allow sufficient time prior to surgery to complete genital hair removal in order to prevent future ingrown hairs internally.
Why does the electrologist need to know what protocol or program I'm on?
Your electrologist understands the committment necessary to make a gender transition and they take it as seriously as you do. It is important to ensure that your electrolysis treatments occur at the right point in your process and in a way that works in concert with your health and long-term goals.
Where can I get more information about electrolysis?
Answers to general questions about electrolysis are available on the FAQ page.