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Q: How does electrolysis work?
A: The electrologist inserts a metal filament into each hair follicle, uses electricity to heat up the tissue, and permanently kills the hair. I then tweeze the hair out.
Q: How should I prepare for a session?
A: Let the hair grow out long enough that it can be plucked with a tweezer. A couple millimeters / a couple days of growth is usually enough. Check out my Before / After Care page for more details!
Q: What are your rates?
A single 1-hour session is $80. Head to my booking website to see pricing for other time lengths. The remaining balance after the deposit is due after the sesh in cash. I try to offer my services at the lowest rates I see marketed in NYC, so to my knowledge, am the most affordable provider for transgender electrolysis—NYC and Brooklyn both!
Q: Can I have a consultation?
A: On our first session, we’ll talk through any questions or concerns you might have before we get started. You can also message me to set up a video consultation before booking a session if you’d prefer.
Q: Is it painful? If so, how can I ease the pain?
A: Some people find it to be a minor annoyance, some people find that it hurts. Some facial areas hurt more than others. Electrologists recommend getting a lidocaine (numbing) cream prescription from your primary care physician. When I have electrolysis sessions for my own face, I put the numbing cream on about 30 min prior to my session, cover the skin in Saran wrap so it absorbs fully, and end up feeling no sensation in the area.
Q: How many sessions will it take electrolysis take to clear my hair?
A: Everyone has a different number of hair follicles, so it varies vastly person-to-person, and depends on what area we’re treating. Come in for a free consultation to get a better picture of the time-scale for your personal goals!
For a trans woman, clearing one’s beard generally takes between 30–80 hours over the course of years, but some people take as long as 150 hours. This depends on whether you’ve had laser previously, whether/when you started HRT, etc. Keep in mind, permanent hair removal does not happen overnight. It takes months (usually years) of committment to remove all of a trans woman’s facial hair, and it is an investment. But with weekly one-hour sessions, you can expect a noticeable decrease in hair density within a few months.
Q: How long a session should I book?
A: If you’re new to hair removal, at least an hour! Electrolysis is a precise process and takes time to see results. I only recommend people book 15 or 30 min if they can easily count the number of hairs that need to be removed.
Q: What’s the difference between laser and electrolysis?
A: Electrolysis is the only truly permanent hair removal method, because it kills each hair follicle. It goes hair-by-hair and is equally effective on all skin and hair types.
Laser treats wide patches of skin at once, and so is more effective at treating large areas such as legs or arms, which would be too time-intensive for electrolysis. However, it is termed “hair reduction” and is less permanent. Some of the removed hair has only been made dormant, and will grow back in a few years, though it will be thinner/weaker. Additionally, laser cannot be used successfully to treat certain skin tones and hair colors.
In short, laser is like a weak punch over a large area, whereas electrolysis is like a precise gun shot.
Laser can be a useful addendum or precursor to make electrolysis a shorter process, but laser on its own is generally not capable of removing trans women’s facial hair permanently. For most of my clients, laser hits a wall eventually, where further treatments no longer remove any more hair —this point comes earlier depending person-to-person.
I personally got laser for 6 months to make a sizeable dent, and then moved onto electrolysis for the following years to finish off the remaining ~50% that laser couldn’t kill. People who desire fully permanent results though, and can afford it, generally choose to do only transgender electrolysis. New York, fortunately, offers these options
Q: Does electrolysis leave scars?
Electrolysis usually does not leave permanent “scars,” but will leave a range of temporary marks. Immediately after the session, electrolysis will leave inflammation and redness that should go down in a few days. You can also expect some small scabs to form in the shape of red dots the size of the needle. As these scabs shed, you are left with red or brown dots known as “hyper-pigmentation.” These marks are temporary, and once the skin renews itself, the area will heal to reveal smooth, hair-free skin.
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation after electrolysis needs anywhere from 3 months to 2 years to heal following the last treatment in the area.
“Pitting” is possible in a minority of clients, in which wound collagen fills in the empty space created by the hair removal. The collagen needs about one year to “mature” into smooth tissue.
Q: Is my skin healing right?
Everyone’s skin has a different sensitivity to treatment, and ultimately you are the best judge of how your skin is healing from electrolysis. If your skin has many pigmented patches, then you will want to proceed more slowly with the process so your skin heals after each appointment. Let me know clearly at every session how your skin has been healing in previous weeks and whether you have any concerns, so we can decide how to approach the timeline of your treatment.
Q: How can I improve my skin’s healing?
You can use products to help the process along, but ultimately time is the best healer. Products like Lac-hydrin, Retin A (tretinoin), hydraquinone, glycolic acid or any other product that stimulates an exfoliating effect on the skin can be used (though only AFTER the scabs have shed).
Q: I thought electrolysis was permanent, but the hair grew back??
A: Some bigger hairs you will notice do grow back thinner the next week, and may require a couple treatments to fully kill the follicle.
Also—after you’ve decreased the hair density enough over time, you’ll start leaving a session occasionally with your face totally cleared of hair. But! Hair grows in cycles. Lots of the hair follicles on your face are dormant right now, and won’t grow in till several weeks or months later.
So yes, after you clear all your facial hair, it’ll only feel clear temporarily. New dormant hairs are always waking up and starting to grow in. These are new hairs that haven’t been treated yet.
Q: There weren’t any available appointments this week?
A: Try going back and selecting a shorter time interval—if you couldn’t find a 90 min, I might have several 60 min and 30 min slots still available. That being said, I do fill up rather quickly every week, so I suggest you book in advance!
Q: Do you do electrolysis for bottom surgery prep, or work on the genital/anal area in general?
A: Unfortunately, I do not, but am working on finding good queer-friendly tech’s I could refer you to!
Q: Do you have a cancellation policy?
A: Emergencies happen, and I totally understand that! At the same time, I’ve had some frequent cancellations and have had to institute a deposit system. If you cancel less than 72 hours in advance, I will have to keep your deposit, unless something really dire has come up.
Q: Can you take insurance?
A: At this time, no sorry!
Q: Should I go elsewhere if I’m cis?
A: Happy to work on people of any gender!
Q: I’d love electrolysis, but I can’t afford it.
A: I have a Pay-it-Forward fund for trans black/indigenous clients, and so often have free sessions available. DM me to see if I have availability!
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: For some general advice on transgender electrolysis, try this:
Transgender Map Electrolysis Info
For general info: Hair Free Life Guide
Q: What are your Covid safety protocols?
I am vaccinated! N95 mask and nitrile gloves worn at all times, room has a HEPA air filter, tweezers are fully dry-heat sterilized before use, anything else that contacts skin is single-use, and there is a separated waiting room for following clients
Q: Do I have any health conditions that might be an issue for electrolysis?
If you have hemophilia, diabetes, a heart condition, pace-maker, high blood pressure, take blood-thinning medication, or are pregnant, you should talk to your primary care physician before starting electrolysis treatment
Q: Are most of your clients trans?
Yup! My primary aim in offering this service is to provide a safe space for transgender electrolysis—NYC and Brooklyn clients both