Bristol Electrolysis

Transgender Hair Removal

As part of the transitioning journey hair removal is required not only on the face but the genital area before surgery. 

I am fully trained by Sterex to treat transgender clients and feel comfortable in doing so.

The sooner hair removal is undertaken, the better.  Even better if the client is not “full time” and can allow the hair to grow.

It can take over 5 years to get full clearance of hair so treatment will be continued after surgery.  The hair will become more manageable with regular electrolysis treatments alongside hormone treatments such as anti-androgens.


I can treat a client up to 4 hours a week; treating each area 2 weeks apart.  In most cases this will mean appointments on a weekly basis.  For example, week one, treat lip and chin, week 2 cheeks and neck, week 3 treat lip and chin again.  This is dependent on the client’s availability and how the skin copes with the treatment.  Sometimes the skin can need longer to heal.  This will be discussed during the consultation and after patch test (see hair removal).

The hair needs to be long enough to pluck.  On average this means 3 days growth if the client shaves more than once a week.

Hair Management

Ideally the client would leave the hair alone between treatments.  However, it is understandable if this is not possible.  Trimming or shaving is recommended.  Bleaching and depilatory creams need to be avoided as they will make the skin very sensitive to electrolysis treatment.  Plucking/waxing/epilating will mean the hairs are unavailable to treat.  The aim is to stop all temporary hair removal and just use electrolysis to treat the remaining hairs.  Shaving should be left for 24 to 48 hours after treatment.

In some cases laser or IPL is recommended to weaken the hair and make it easier to cope with and treat with electrolysis.


It is best to start with Short Wave Diathermy as it works quicker through dense areas of hair.  Once hair becomes sparser the next step would be to move onto the Blend method as it has a higher “kill” rate but is a slower process.