Electrolysis for transgender People*
If you are looking for a treatment to permanently remove facial hair and excess body hair as part of gender reassignment, electrolysis is the solution for you. It's the key to attaining the smooth, sophisticated, hair-free look you desire. Whether you are a male to female, female to male or in transition, Oregon City Electrolysis can get you through your entire hair
removal process in record time using our multi-needle approach.
Face: upper lip, chin/neck, sides of face, hairline reshaping.
Body: areola/breasts, arms, stomach, bikini, butt, inner thigh, legs and genitals.
*Our unique approach to pre surgical genital hair removal requires 3-6 treatments prior to surgery. Pre Gender Reassignment Surgery requires a commitment to yourself and your ability to follow the electrologists plan for you.
Will an electrologist 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 existing facial and body hair. I've done my homework and know electrolysis is the only permanent method, but I'm afraid to pick up the phone.
We understand. As a certified electrologist, Carol takes the utmost pride in performing her professional responsibilities and is knowledgeable about transgender treatment. She is aware of what you are trying to accomplish and how electrolysis fits into your process. At Oregon City Electrolysis, we respect you, your choices and your privacy.
Why does the electrologist need to know what protocol or program I'm on?
We understand the committment necessary to make a gender transition and we 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.
Can electrolysis remove hair in the genital area?
Yes. However, we 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.
All of a sudden I started sprouting these coarse hairs on my chin. I am only 40 years old. What's happening?
At your consultation, we will take a thorough health history. This will help us figure out a possible reason why this hair came on suddenly. Among the questions will be:
Do you have thyroid problems?
Are you diabetic?
Have you had menstrual or ovarian problems?
What medications do you take?
Do you have a family history of unwanted hair?
Some studies show women have symptoms of menopause 10 years before they reach menopause. This also could be the cause.
We cannot diagnose, but we can ask you questions that will help you have further discussions with your physician. Regardless of the cause, we can permanently remove the unwanted hair.
What's wrong with me?
Every doctor I have seen tells me to "just lose some weight" and my periods will become normal. As hard as I try, I just can't seem to lose weight. Plus, I have all this hair all over my face and breasts and belly, so I have trouble changing at the gym.
An endocrinologist (hormone specialist) may be the person to help you. When women are overweight, have trouble losing weight, have irregular or no periods, and hair in the male pattern area, they should be evaluated by a specialist. These are classic signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Again, electrologists cannot diagnose, but we do recognize what is not normal. If you have PCOS, your electrologist can permanently remove the unwanted facial and body hair.
What is the treatment for PCOS?
Treatment depends on the symptoms. Your primary physician orendocrinologist can determine the best course of action to alleviate specific symptoms you have.
If you develop unwanted hair, we will get rid of the unwanted hair permanently. To address the medical issues, sometimes medications are prescribed by your physician.
I went to see the endocrinologist and she said all my tests came back normal. How can that be with all this hair on my face?
Dr. Jeffrey Redmond, a NY endocrinologist, has told the electrology profession that some people's bodies are more sensitive to circulating hormones. So just because your blood levels have come back "normal," it does not mean that they are normal for YOU! As hard as it may seem, go back and have another conversation with your endocrinologist. We must each be an active advocate for our own health.
I have both acne and chin hair. Will electrolysis help?
Chin hair on women is often exacerbated by tweezing and waxing. The repeated irritation from yanking hairs out can result in a larger diameter hair growing from the follicle or ingrown hairs from the breaking off of hairs in the follicle. When women tweeze hairs from their chin and have acne on their chin, but not on the rest of their face, they should find relief from their acne with electrolysis treatments.
Once they have stopped tweezing hairs from the chin and allow the electrologist to properly treat the hair, skin will clear. Hormonally caused facial hair on women usually grows in a pattern, starting with the chin and corners of the upper lip.
What medications cause hair growth?
Many medications can cause hair growth or hair loss. Talk with your pharmacist about each medication you are on and also about how your medications interact.
Where can I get more information about electrolysis?
Answers to general questions about electrolysis are available on our FAQ page.
Beauty. It's a concept everyone understands, yet it's expressed differently by each individual. When you feel attractive, life is more vibrant and fulfilling. At times we seek assistance to enhance our appearance so we can be truly comfortable with ourselves and embrace life more fully.
For those in the transgender community or for women suffering from medical conditions like PCOS (see below), removing unwanted hair is more than an appearance issue—it's an essential component of treatment, resulting in peace of mind and a greater sense of well being.
Transgender & PCOS
Hormone imbalance or PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
Throughout women's lives, hormones fluctuate and can cause hair to grow unexpectedly. Hormonal changes and conditions account for many problems besides unwanted hair. The cause can be related to puberty, menopause, pregnancy, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), an underlying medical condition, your genetic makeup and even some medications. You may want to see an endocrinologist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. For unwanted hair, the solution is electrolysis.