An increasing number of people like to have a say in how they look, tweak their eyebrows, trim their hairlines, work on their nose hairs or eliminate unsightly strands of hair. But did you know that maintaining one’s appearances is not just limited to men and women? There’s a third, and often ignored, category of transsexuals.
For transsexuals, the mismatch between their mental gender and their physical gender creates an unimaginable amount of confusion and depression in their minds. It is impossible to change their sexual identity (as what they believe themselves to be), but it’s possible to change one’s physical appearance to reflect one’s identity. This is why a lot of people undergo Gender Reassignment surgery. By the time transsexualism is recognised, understood or accepted by a person, it is possible that features unique to either gender have already developed in those people.
For transsexuals with a female identity and a male body, the growth of excessive hair on the body and face can prove to be a difficult situation. Hormone therapy will reduce the growth of future hair, but cannot eliminate hair already present on their bodies. In such situations, electrolysis is the only process for them which can provide a permanent solution to their problem.
And those of you worried, don’t be. Transsexualism is not an obscure concept any more, and most professional electrologists are well aware of it. The best way of making sure that you and your electrologist are comfortable with each other would be by securing an appointment and explaining the situation to them. It is highly possible that the electrolysis practitioner has already worked on other transsexual clients, which would be a huge relief to new clients. And they may also be able to provide referrals to other doctors, estheticians, psychiatrists or psychologists, if at all required.
It is important that a client provides their electrologist with information about surgical protocols or program details after their Gender Reassignment Surgery. The timing of the process is very important; the hair removal should be timed precisely in between the hormone treatments so as to get the best results. A truly committed electrologist will collaborate with the client’s doctor for the entire period.
In adults, hair becomes strongly rooted and this proves to be a challenge. It is important that your electrologist explains the possibility of skin damage, as this will affect the choice of your treatment parameters and methods. There are three methods or modalities of electrolysis – galvanic, thermolysis and blend. The galvanic method has the greatest chance of skin damage, so thermolysis is preferred for transsexuals. But keep in mind that this is more painful than the blend method. Your electrologist will be able to design a treatment plan that will use a combination of thermolysis and blend methods, to suit the your unique requirements and pain tolerance.
Removal of hair on the genital area is also possible through this process. An experienced electrologist will be able to judge the requirements, perform effective removal of hair and prescribe remedies to alleviate any pain. After the process, inflammation and infection is possible, but they can be controlled via medicines.
So, you see, with the combination of electrolysis and hormone therapy, unnecessary hair can be completely eliminated in transsexuals.
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Alex Harris (2012, December). Non-binary Gender Concepts and the Evolving Legal Treatment of UK Transsexed Individuals: A Practical Consideration of the Possibilities of Butler. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2015, from http://vc.bridgew.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1076&context=jiws