Transgender MTF Electrolysis Facial Hair Removal

Transgender MTF Electrolysis Facial Hair Removal

Adult transgender persons transitioning from male to female have special needs when it comes to facial hair removal.  We understand these needs very well and will cater specifically to them.  We also understand that you may be in various stages of transition and can ensure your privacy. 
Transgender Hair Removal

In the course of performing electrolysis over the past few years, I've had the opportunity of seeing a lot of facial hair.  Virtually everyone that undergoes facial hair removal is female, or is a person that identifies as being female.  By 'identifies as being female', I am referring to those that are transgender and by 'MTF' I am referring to Male to Female transgender.

Vive La Différence

For those giving and receiving treatment to remove facial hair, there is, in general, a substantial difference in the kind of treatment required for a genetic woman versus what is required for an MTF.

Although there are exceptions, most genetic women do not require the same level of treatment as their MTF counterparts.  In general,  the hair is not as coarse, it is more sparse, and often occurs after childbirth or menopause.

On the contrary, MTF facial hair is much coarser, denser, and more robust.  Male hair growth is the result of male puberty and fueled by testosterone.  Although genetic women also have levels of testosterone in their bodies, it mostly will not be anywhere near the levels found in genetic men.  By the time they seek treatment most MTFs have had years of male hormones and the result is larger, more muscular bodies, deeper voices, often balding and a heavy male beard.

The Problem

The problem for those MTFs is that:

  • Electrologists have been trained to treat female hair.
  • The machines have been designed to treat female hair.
  • And, even the textbooks used to treat hair removal do not even mention the fact that transgender people exist.

This means that having electrolysis can potentially be a problem for those MTFs trying to get rid of their beard.

In order for MTFs to get effective treatment, you need not only a trained electrolysis, but you also need someone that understands the specific needs of transwomen in transition.

Why Not Laser?

In recent years laser has become the de facto standard and magic pill for hair removal.  The biggest problem is that most people offering laser services are not well trained.  And if they are well trained, they are not likely to be honest about what their machines can or cannot do for MTF hair removal. 

On the plus side, for those with the correct combination of skin and hair colour, lasers can be an effective way to greatly reduce the amount of hair your have on certain parts of your body.


  • Light, including laser light, is reflected by light colours and absorbed by dark colours.

So lasers can only be effective where sufficient light energy can result it the destruction of the source of hair growth -- the "papilli" (see wiki)  If you have dark skin and light hair, laser cannot be effective.  Lasers are ineffective on blonde, gray and silver hair.

Can lasers result in increased (instead of decreased) hair growth?...

  • "...anything that will cause an increase in blood supply to the surface of the skin is capable of becoming a topical cause of hair growth."  [Hinkel and Lind]

Lasers have been used for a number of cosmetic purposes.  One of them is hair regeneration.  If the laser is set below the point where it will cause destruction of the papilli, it will result in increased blood supply. This will likely result in increased hair growth.

A number of my clients have confirmed that after laser or IPL treatments, they noticed increased hair growth.

My own personal experience with laser was that I observed no decrease in the amount of hair on my face after laser treatment.  However, I did have a very positive result with IPL on my upper leg hair.

How Long Will My Electrolysis Treatment Take?

This is certainly the question I hear most often.  There is no simple answer and I do not offer quotes or estimates.  Electrolysis is not quick, it's not easy, and it's not painless, but it does work.  If you are transitioning, you already know that no part of transition is easy, either emotionally or financially.  Electrolysis is no exception.

Andrea James' TS Roadmap website cites 100 to 400 hours of electrolysis over a one to four year period by an experienced electrologist.  [Please read]

Before starting electrolysis, it is important to know that it will take a substantial time and monetary commitment.  If you go for a few appointments and then stop, you are not going to see any benefits.

Transgender Friendly?

I am in the LGBT community, just like you.  I've known many people that have gone through transition from start to finish and I am completely familiar with most aspects of transition and am most happy to provide peer level support (as a non-professional) during treatments.  (And I often do).   

My studio is in a private downstairs corner of my own home so there's no need to be concerned about how you present.  Come as you are and however you want to present.

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