Transgender Laser Hair Removal
One of the single biggest things you can do to soften your male facial features is to get your beard removed. Spend a few minutes browsing any transgender discussion forum, or talking to any transgender MTF friend you have and they’ll tell you this is a huge part of passing as a woman in public. But even if you don’t consider yourself transgender, or have a desire to transition, getting your facial hair removed can provide you with a number of benefits including:
- No more ingrown hairs on your face and neck. I have had problems with ingrown hairs on my face and neck from time to time. Since starting laser treatments to thin out my facial hair these have diminished greatly, making shaving a lot easier, and fewer red and irritated spots due to ingrown hairs.
- Shave less frequently, or don’t shave at all. This is of course one of the biggest benefits of getting your beard removed. Not having to worry about shaving not only saves you time, but also leaves your face feeling softer.
- Make your upper lip, and chin less “puffy”. One of the lesser known benefits to getting your hair removed on your face is the fact that the thick dense hair under your skin actually pushes your upper and lower lips outward, this rolls the actual lip inward. People who get the hair around their lips removed report that the upper lip is “flatter”, allowing their lips to appear more full. (Take a finger and press just above your upper lip line between your lips and nose. See how the upper lip rolls up a little and looks more full?)
- No more thick makeup caked all over your face just trying to cover up your beard. When you have those thick dark hairs to deal with you’re pretty much stuck with having to use thick makeup to cover up the “shadow” left by the hairs (even after a close shave). Obviously with no hair there you’ll use less makeup, and not have to worry about a shadow!
- Save money. If you’re successful at eliminating your beard, you’ll actually save money over the long haul. Consider the cost of buying a new electric razor every few years, or paying for shaving cream and razors every week or two. The costs add up over a lifetime!
Of course there are a number of things to consider before jumping into hair removal. The first is that there’s a whole bunch of different types of lasers out there, and they work differently on different skin types. It’s not like you can just walk into any laser place and plop down money and have them treat you (well you can, but it would not be smart!). It takes a bit of research and planning to figure out what type of laser might work well for your skin.
A great website called HairTell.com has an excellent “Laser Frequently Asked Questions” article, and I highly recommend starting here if you’re considering laser hair removal on your face (or anywhere).
In general though, you can expect to need anywhere from 6-12 treatments on your face to significantly reduce your hair. And the major downsides are that it’s painful, and can be expensive.
Here are the things I’ve learned since doing laser on my face myself:
- Find the right clinic. Don’t just go to the “cheapest” place you can find. You want to go to a place that has a good reputation for working with men’s facial hair, or transgender hair removal. Look for reviews of laser providers in your area and do your research! There are quite a few “fly by night” places that will gladly take your money, but doing laser right takes skill – used inappropriately laser can permanently damage and scar your skin, or even cause severe burns!
- Don’t believe the hype. If you see ads that say “painless” don’t even consider going there! Effective hair removal (especially on the face) is absolutely not painless. If you are not feeling pain, then the treatment is not going to be effective. Period.
- Be as aggressive as you can with your laser settings. This is why it’s so important to go to a reputable provider, and someone with a lot of experience. You want them to be as aggressive as possible with the laser settings, but to also not risk damaging your skin. It takes practice to know what to look for. If your settings are too low you might not feel as much pain, but you’ll also need a lot more treatments (more $) to get the result you want.
- Make sure they are using the right laser for your skin type. HairTell.com has some great advice about which lasers work best for which skin types. Generally if you have a really light complexion you want an Alexandrite, for olive complexion you want a Diode, and for dark complexions a YAG.
- Stick to the schedule, and don’t skip treatments! It’s important that you keep your appointments because the goal is to zap the hair in the ideal growth cycle. If you miss appointments you will be missing treating those hairs, and the treatments won’t be as effective (more $, more pain).
In the end, if you take your laser treatment seriously, you can have great results! Many transgender individuals have had excellent results by killing the majority of their facial hair with laser, and then finishing up with any stubborn hairs with electrolysis. This is my exact plan of action.
Have you done anything about removing your facial hair? Have you tried laser, or are you thinking about it?
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