Gender-Affirming Hair Removal

“Genital gender affirming surgery (GAS) involves reconstruction of the genitals to match a patient’s identified sex. “

(Love this very adult animation of gender-affirming surgery made in Thailand in case you would like to learn more about the penis to vulva/vagina surgery.)

One day, in the near future, I hope to offer this type of electrolysis.  I am very new, so my plan is to work with two mentors so I can learn more about this specialty. Obviously, I am 100% comfortable working on all bodies, but I would like to get really great at this before I start working on genitals  – but please know that this is one of goals for the end of 2019 or early 2020. I truly want all humans to feel welcome and safe on my table. 

One resource is from HairRemovalZone.com about S.R.S. and G.A.S. (Sex Reassignment Surgery and Gender Affirming Surgery, respectively.) 

One thing I know for sure is that electrolysis on the genitals needs to be done a long time before surgery. Electrolysis is a process and the genitals will need time to heal properly before any surgery. 

 “You’ll find many surgeons that will recommend that their patient remove hair from the genitals prior to the SRS procedure. It’s important to note that genital hair removal before the procedure isn’t mandatory. In fact, this recommendation varies depending on the surgeon and their preferences.”   – HairRemovalZone

Another great resource is Susan’s Place / Susan.org. Her site is a forum, wiki, links and chat – transgender resources is part of her header. If you read the forum about S.R.S. and G.A.S. you can see that people all over the planet get all kinds of different answers about the hair removal process. Some even say that their doctors are getting rid of the follicles during the surgery.  

What we recommend is to talk with your surgeon as soon as possible and know that electrolysis can take anywhere from 8 to 18 months, so this is Critical Path step and needs to be considered since it can be such a long process. 

When I say ALL bodies, I truly mean all. So, in my mind this means trans bodies, fat bodies, thin bodies, gay bodies, g.n.o. bodies, straight bodies, old bodies, young bodies, black bodies, male bodies, lgbtquia bodies, brown bodies, gender fluid bodis, Asian bodies and every other body you can think of! 

Sincerely, Chrystal