DIRECTO EN INSTAGRAM: 26 de junio, a las 19 h, "Hablemos de cirugía de afirmación de género" con el Dr Ivan Mañero. / 3 de julio, a las 13h, "Sexualidad después de la vaginoplastia" con la Dra. Labanca.

DIRECTO EN INSTAGRAM: 26 de junio, a las 19 h, "Hablemos de cirugía de afirmación de género" con el Dr Ivan Mañero. / 3 de julio, a las 13h, "Sexualidad después de la vaginoplastia" con la Dra. Labanca.


Laser hair removal for transgender

One of many people’s aesthetic concerns is excess hair on certain parts of the body, which can be unattractive. In fact, laser hair removal is one of the aesthetic treatments most often requested by trans women.


Thanks to hormones, many trans women lose much of their male hair. Hair becomes thinner and with it, the hair on your legs and arms. Sometimes the hair on your back, abdomen, neck or chest is considerably reduced – but at times it is not. The most annoying thing for many young girls and trans women is undoubtedly facial hair: the density of beard hair is genetically determined and its growth is not significantly reduced by administering female sex hormones. The removal of facial hair makes everyday life easier for many trans women. Furthermore, some trans men also decide to remove hair from some parts of their body.
The traditional systems for removing this hair are either very painful (waxing or electric hair removal) or not very long-lasting (depilatory gels and creams or razor). IPL or laser hair removal makes it possible to remove almost all hair permanently, comfortably and virtually painlessly.

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    Laser hair removal or intense pulsed light (IPL) consists of destroying the hair follicle below the surface of the skin using beams of pulsed light. This technique, which does not require any type of anaesthesia, means that the hair does not grow back after several sessions. The IPL that IM GENDER’s Gender Unit offers is a safe system, allowing all skin types to be depilated, even the darkest skins.

    To achieve optimal results, it is recommended avoiding direct exposure to the sun and heat sources for the time that your health professional indicates.

    How you prepare for Laser Hair Removal

    It is important to follow all instructions provided by the doctor. He will recommend to you some advice before, during and after the treatment:

    • Avoiding sunbathing.
    • Using SPF30 sunscreen while you are outdoors.
    • Preventing blood-thinning medications such as aspirin.
    • Shaving treated area the day before laser hair removal.
    • Avoiding waxing the area during the laser treatment period-
    • Using a special cream or lotion to calm the skin during the days after the laser. Your doctor will prescribe you this lotion.


    A laser treatment performed by a specialized doctor rarely carries risks. Avoid always unqualified practitioners. However, the most common risks are:

    • Redness
    • Skin irritation.
    • Burns from the laser’s heat.
    • Pigment changes in the skin.
    • Discomfort or tenderness.

    Skin with tattoos should not be treated.


    The hair will start to fall down some days or weeks after the laser hair removal treatment. For an effective result it is necessary to undergo a few sessions because hair growth and loss naturally occur in a cycle. When the hair grows again, it is finer and lighter. But some hair doesn’t grow any more.

    Some patients need maintenance laser treatment for a long time. It depends on each person’s response to treatment.


    What happens during laser hair removal?

    Before starting the procedure it is important that the skin is completely clean. The dermatologist will spread an anesthetic gel on the skin to be treated.

    The doctor and the patient must wear protective eyewear during the laser treatment. You may feel the laser pulses like warm pinpricks in your skin. If you are sensitive, you can feel some minor discomfort. But it is not painful at all.

    How often are laser hair removal sessions performed?

    Usually patients have to wait for the next laser hair removal for about 4 to 6 weeks. Your doctor will tell you when it is the right time for another session.

    Is laser hair removal safe?

    This treatment is totally safe when performed by a certificated and qualified doctor. So don’t trust practitioners who joined just a little training course. Search for a professional laser with certification.


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