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Spending time at the spa is often seen as a luxurious, pampering activity. Indeed, spa time can be pampering, but it can also be so much more than that. These days, many spas are medical spas, where you can get treatments such as laser hair removal, filler injections, and dermabrasion. Even if you don't go to a medical spa, an ordinary spa can be a good place to get a facial or a manicure, both of which can help boost your confidence. If you would like to learn more about spas and salons, then we invite you to read the articles on this blog.

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Laser Hair Removal For Trans Women: What Can Be Expected

The physical changes achieved with gender transition are the result of hormone therapy, and of course surgical intervention if surgery is part of your journey. But trans women may require a specific form of assistance that isn't medical, while still being therapeutic. You may not think that a relevant part of your transition can be addressed at your local spa or salon, but this can certainly be the case when it comes to laser hair removal.

Estrogen Therapy and Hair Growth 

Estrogen plays a role in hair growth. High levels of estrogen keep hair in the active growth phase, and in fact, many cisgender women may experience thinning hair when menopause occurs, and their body's production of the hormone is reduced. Hormone replacement therapy (synthetic estrogen) can in fact be used to overcome this problem. As a trans woman, your estrogen levels are achieved via a pill, an injection, or another intravenous or topical method. This hormone therapy should decrease your amount of body and facial hair, but will not eliminate it. 

Hair Density

The density of your body and facial hair can be partially dependent on your hormone levels, and while laser hair removal can be extremely effective (and eventually permanent), it's best performed in conjunction with your ongoing hormone therapy. But laser hair removal is an efficient way to aid your transition process, removing hair growth that you feel isn't compatible with your affirmed gender.

What to Expect From Treatment

The results of laser hair removal are immediate, although it can be expected that hair follicles will recover and continue to produce hair. This is why a series of treatments are generally needed for permanent results. The laser directs a targeted release of light and heat into the hair follicle. This progressively reduces the follicle's ability to produce hair, but multiple treatments will be needed before the follicle is neutralized, and will not grow any further hair. Coarse, thick hair generally needs more treatment than finer hair, so the number of treatments you will need for permanent results depends on the composition of your own hair and the location on your body that's being treated. 

Of course, how a woman thinks about her body and facial hair is her own business. But when a trans woman wants to eliminate patterns of growth that could be viewed as incompatible with their affirmed gender, laser hair removal is a quick and non-invasive way to reach this goal.