Gender Identity And Laser Hair Removal
30th September 2014
The number of individuals in the UK who struggle with gender identity is still not known, as the large amount of prejudice still present in our society prevents people from being open about it. What is known is the long and emotionally painful journey some go through before their appearance reflects who they are.
Having a hair-free face is very important to the ‘female image’ and facial hair is often a cause of distress for those who identify as a woman but were born as male. Having to shave multiple times a day is stressful and impractical due to work and other commitments, making daily life more difficult.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular methods of hair removal as it has a far more long-lasting effect and allows people to relax and no longer fear their facial hair is going to show.
As laser hair removal works better for thick, dark hair, it is not always suitable for everyone but can provide transgender women with the hairless face, chest and torso that they want.
Bianca and Nick Bowser
One example that has been in the news recently is of the couple Bianca and Nick Bowser, a transgender couple from the US. Bianca was born as Jason, and has gone through breast augmentation as well as permanent laser hair removal to provide her with a body that made her feel more herself.
Image source: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/transgender-kentucky-couple-plan-tell-their-children-mom-used-be-dad-and-dad-was
Being able to express who you are is important to everyone, and non-surgical procedures can help along the way. Although transitioning is obviously a long and emotional process, having some long term fixes could be enough to alleviate some of the stress. It's important to talk to your GP before making any decisions and thoroughly research your treatment options.