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Electrolysis

For many women, regardless of their gender identity, having facial hair can be very stigmatizing and embarrassing. It can lead to feelings of shame and insecurity and can even lead to social isolation and discrimination. For example, having facial hair can lead to unwanted attention or comments from others, making (trans) women feel uncomfortable and unsafe in their own bodies.

For trans women, having facial hair can be even more fraught. If they want to live full-time as women, facial hair can be a huge obstacle in their transition. It can be difficult to hide a beard and can keep them from feeling fully female. Therefore, having body and facial hair removed can be crucial for trans women who want to express and accept their gender identity.

Fortunately, there are several options available today for permanent facial and body hair removal. One of the most reliable methods is electrolysis. This procedure uses a needle/probe that is inserted into the hair follicle and then delivers a current of electricity to destroy the hair root. Although it can be a lengthy process, electrolysis offers permanent results and can be used on virtually any type of hair and skin.

Laser hair removal can also be used to remove facial hair. This method uses a laser beam to destroy the hair follicles, preventing the hair from growing back. Although laser hair removal can be a good option in some cases, it is usually not as effective as electrolysis. In addition, it may be less suitable for people with dark skin or light hair color.

In general, it is important to remember that each person is different and that the choice of hair removal method depends on individual needs and preferences. For women, especially trans women, having facial hair removed can be an essential step in their journey toward self-acceptance and gender expression. It is a way to feel more comfortable and confident in their own bodies and to express themselves as they truly feel.

Electrolysis

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Frequently
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How many electrolysis treatments do I need?

It is important to understand that our hair goes through a cycle of growth, transition and rest known as the hair growth cycle. This cycle consists of three distinct phases: the anagen, catagen and telogen phases. To explain these phases:

  • Anagen phase: This is the phase when the hair is actively growing, and the follicle is fully developed. This phase can range from a few months to several years, depending on the location of the hair and genetic factors.
  • Catagen phase: This is the transitional phase when hair growth stops, and the hair follicle begins to shrink. This phase usually lasts several weeks.
  • Telogen phase: This is the resting phase where the hair has completely stopped growing and the hair follicle is inactive. After several weeks, the hair will fall out and the cycle begins again with the anagen phase.

During electrolysis treatment, only the hair that is in the anagen phase can be effectively treated and permanently removed. This is because only in this phase is the hair follicle fully developed and the electric current can effectively destroy the hair root. Hairs that are in the catagen or telogen phase are not fully developed and cannot be treated effectively.

Since only part of the hair is in the anagen phase at any given time, multiple electrolysis treatments are required to treat all hair follicles in the anagen phase. The number of treatments needed may vary depending on individual needs and the location of the hair, but on average, about 8-12 treatments are needed to remove all the hair in each area.

In short, multiple treatments are necessary with electrolysis because not all hairs are in the anagen phase at the same time and only hairs in this phase can be effectively treated and permanently removed. It is important to consult a professional and experienced electrolysis specialist to create an individual treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

How long should I wait between sessions?

You can choose between a quick course of 4 weeks between sessions (but this will involve fewer hairs treated per session). Our electrologists recommend a course with 6 weeks between each treatment for the best balance of overall time and cost efficiency.

What skin reaction can I expect after electrolysis treatment?

After electrolysis treatment, the skin may show some redness, swelling and irritation. This is a normal reaction and usually disappears within a few hours to a few days after treatment. Other possible reactions include:

  • Itchy skin: some people may experience itchy skin after the treatment. This can be relieved with a cold compress or by using a cream recommended by your electrologist.
  • Pain and sensitivity: some people may experience mild to moderate pain and sensitivity after treatment. This can be relieved with a cold compress or by using painkillers.
  • Crusting: sometimes a small scab may appear on the treated areas. This is normal and should disappear within a few days.
  • Discoloration of the skin: in some cases, temporary discoloration of the skin may occur after treatment. This usually occurs in people with darker skin. The discoloration usually disappears after a few days to a few weeks.
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