Laser hair removal and transitioning
Laser hair removal for gender-affirming surgery can be a key part of the transition process. While hormone replacement therapy can impact hair growth, some people still want to permanently remove their body hair. For those considering gender-affirming surgery (GAS), permanent hair removal options may be necessary to achieve their desired results.
In this guide, we’ll talk about how laser hair removal works for transgender and gender non-conforming people, what it feels like, and where you can go for laser hair removal services.
Why laser hair removal benefits the transition
Hair removal can be a hassle for anyone. But for someone who is transitioning, it can be a signifier of so much more.
We understand that removing unwanted body hair can be a constant stressor that disrupts the confidence of someone going through such an important time in their life. That’s why we offer laser hair removal treatments that can remove up to 80% of your unwanted hair—and the stubble, ingrown hairs, and irritation that come with it. With a series of treatments, you can expect to see permanent results and feel confident in your own skin again!When to consider laser hair removal during the transition process
Laser hair removal can be completed before or after gender reaffirming surgery, depending on your preference and circumstances. Consulting with a physician and considering variables like lifestyle and budget will help to determine which timing may be right to begin.
Laser hair removal before gender affirming surgery
If choosing to complete laser hair removal before gender affirming surgery, it is recommended to wait a minimum of 3 months after the last laser hair removal treatment before proceeding with surgery. This will help to ensure that no further hair regrowth has occurred.
Laser hair removal after gender affirming surgery
If getting laser hair removal after gender-affirming surgery, it is recommended to wait a minimum of one year after your GAS to begin or resume laser hair removal.
How gender-affirming hormone therapy drugs affect laser hair removal
Any hormonal changes can stimulate increased hair regrowth. While laser treatments may remove existing hair, excess male hormones (i.e. testosterone) have been known to stimulate faster regrowth. In other words, individuals receiving hormone therapy may eventually see more regrowth than those who are not.
For transfeminine people, using estrogen as a method of hormone replacement therapy can slow down hair growth on the face and body, but it will not completely eliminate hair follicles that already produce hair in those areas.
Laser hair removal is a great way to save time and money over the course of your life. It’s also an effective treatment for those who are transitioning or looking to reduce unwanted hair.
But for trans people, the benefits can be even greater. Laser hair removal can help you reduce unwanted hair on your face or body, which may be especially important if you’re planning bottom surgery.
No matter where in your transition or what areas you’re looking to target, laser hair removal is a great option for a smooth journey toward fuzz-free living. It requires about 6-8 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. You can shave in between treatments so there’s never a need to grow the hair out before your next treatment. With laser hair removal, you can be confident that your journey to a fuzz-free life will be a smooth one.
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