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Jeanette West

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Hello All,


Yeah, I got exhausted, dehydrated, and frustrated all about the same time. A little rest, time to think, and here I am, back with renewed desire. I appreciate everybody's pointers, shared advice and experience, and encouragement.




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Dear @Katie23, I feel you that it is super easy to get discouraged, when facing all of the obstacles ahead of us and get trapped in a web of negative feelings. I know I struggled with this too, especially early on in my journey. There was a time I was convinced I would need every treatment, every surgery, and everything else under the sun to be able to pass or feel happy. But I am realizing that my perspective is changing over the last year, as I have begun to live my life how I have always wanted to. The joy I feel from doing that has filled me with a lot of confidence in myself, a feeling that eluded me for the longest time. Confidence is very much connected to how attractive we feel we are, not just to other people but especially to ourselves. Before transition, there was never a time in my life where I would have considered myself attractive. Now I can see that when I look in the mirror. Yes I can still see the five o'clock shadow and still hear my own voice, and there is still dysphoria, but there are positive feelings now that I never knew before. Please know that we all believe in you and are cheering for you as you set out on your path! 🤗


By the way, I had a two hour electrolysis session on my upper lip (mostly) yesterday. That is about 10-12 hours total on that area and those hairs are resilient like nothing else. I am hopeful that they will diminish over the next couple sessions. I really want to move on to the dimples, upper chin, and lower lip area because it is so hard to shave well with the curves and crevices there!




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1 hour ago, Audrey said:



By the way, I had a two hour electrolysis session on my upper lip (mostly) yesterday. That is about 10-12 hours total on that area and those hairs are resilient like nothing else. I am hopeful that they will diminish over the next couple sessions. I really want to move on to the dimples, upper chin, and lower lip area because it is so hard to shave well with the curves and crevices there!

Hey Audrey, 


I had my upper lip cleared for the 4th time last week. I still have some fine, light blonde hairs there but it’s hardly noticeable unless your real close. It gets better. It is way worth it.

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Thank you Audrey! Yeah, I think the getting exhausted and a few other things threw me off balance. This is clearly a journey and many of us I am sure chew through some of the same roadblocks or emotions. I am usually pretty good with all of this. I also had a run in with someone from an electrolysis shop as well. I have not found a local electrologist yet. 


I am better now. I had a couple of days to recuperate and get my perspective grounded again. I am curious as to how the estradiol will impact my hair growth. I have been doing the IPL on my legs and I think it is working pretty well. I have done it for almost 2 months. I held off on the face (my facial hair trends towards gray, but the growth is not as strong. I am intrigued my electrolysis. I guess I do have a phobia about facial hair. My cousin was telling me about a new laser called the Cutera laser. Supposedly it can go after lighter hair. I still like the idea of going to PHR. I am not getting younger and I wasted a lot of years. I just wish there were faster more effective options for all of us. 


If I go the local route, what should I look at for a good electrologist?






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5 hours ago, Katie23 said:

If I go the local route, what should I look at for a good electrologist?


I would say the most important thing is how comfortable you feel in the electrologist's clinic and around the staff there. The best electrologists will know that the transgender community is among the clients that would seek out their services, and will strive to create a space that is welcoming, accepting, and supportive of your goals. Sometimes you can get a sense of this from a web site or over the phone, but the best way is in person during a consultation. Trust your intuition, and you will know whether you are in the right place. Electrology is also a licensed practice in many places so you may also want to check on that.


As for what you might expect on HRT and how it affects hair growth... you might notice a slower growth rate and some thinning on your body hair after a while. I find that I can go about a day or even two days longer between shaving my legs, arms, and back, but a little less on my chest or abdomen though. HRT will rarely have any impact on facial hair. One of the reasons I favored electrolysis from the start is because I have a lot of grey and white inclusions in my facial hair that would likely be unresponsive to laser treatments. It is easy to be discouraged by the slow progress with electrolysis (see my post above), but with consistent treatments there is noticeable progress. I wish you the best in finding a clinic near you, Katie! ❤️




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