Depending on your hair removal goal, how often or conveniently you can remove your hair, and purpose (surgery/non-surgical), the options available for you to choose from can vary.
Specifically for permanent or long term hair removal, only two methods, electrolysis and laser hair removal, can achieve long term or permanent results. This ia a requirement for some gender-affirming lower surgeries.
- Electrolysis is generally the recommended method as it is the only known permanent hair removal option. However, with effectiveness in using laser hair removal now documented (especially for for surgery preparation), laser hair removal method is now considered an option for individuals who are not good candidates for electrolysis.
- It is important to note that effectiveness for either method is approximately 85-90% due to dependencies on skill and experience of hair removal provider, individual’s hair and skin type, and individual’s ability to follow hair removal plan set up with provider.
- Due to these reasons, combined method of electrolysis and laser hair removal has also been recommended as offering the best result for most.
Depending on your hair growth cycle, you will require any where from 9 to 18 months to complete hair removal and ensure no new hair grows back. Before starting with hair removal, get confirmation from your surgeon regarding the exact location and dimensions of the area to be made hair-free. If your surgeon outlines the area to be made hair-free during your consult, take several photos for reference so that you can ensure the correct area is being targeted with your treatments.