Androgen-driven hair, especially facial hair, is a problem for transsexual women. It is one of the most difficult problems to solve, and getting rid of it will often be essential for assimilation. It is strongly advised to seek permanent facial hair removal as soon as possible in transition. For some transsexual women, it is the most time consuming and expensive part of the entire process.
Laser hair removal is an acceptable, more permanent and preferable alternative to other available choices such as waxing, shaving or creams. At Adjust Laser Treatments we have lasers available to remove facial hair with IPL and for larger areas we have the option of using the SHR System which is efficient and less time consuming for these areas, however personal choice is always put first.
The hair is destroyed at the root by the laser, therefore when the hair is attacked only the hair in the growing stage (the Anagen stage) will be "killed" this is why several treatments will be necessary. All our hair grows independently therefore some areas may become hair free sooner, compared with other areas.
Here is a brief description of our hair cycle which may help you.
The hair growth cycle consists of three distinct stages: anagen, catagen and telogen.
ANAGEN PHASE - Growing Stage.
Anagen is the active growth phase of hair follicles. The cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly, adding to hair shaft. The hair is growing.
CATAGEN PHASE- the end of the Growing Stage.
At the end of the anagen phase, your hair enters the catagen phase. A short transitional phase that lasts approximately 10 days.
TELOGEN PHASE - the Dormant Stage.
Lastly, your hair enters the telogen phase, a resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. The follicle then remains inactive for 3 months and the whole process is repeated.
Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different times, otherwise all your hair would fall out at once. Instead, you only shed a certain number of hairs a day.