MTF Electrolysis

  1. Most transsexuals report facial electrolysis taking from 1 to 4 years, with an anecdotal average around 2 years.

  2. The amount of time it will take to complete electrolysis is the biggest variable.

  3. Conventional wisdom and widely accepted anecdotal evidence puts the average time to completion between 200 and 300 hours. Some people have been done in less than 40 hours, some in over 700.

  4. Electrologist skill plays the biggest part in treatment time needed. It's vital to get recommendations from local TSs who are done and happy.

  5. Most people require 1 to 5 hours a week in the early stages of clearing. Most then reach a stage where they have one weekly session of 30 minutes to two hours or more. In the final stages, most will only need an hour or two each month to get stragglers.

  6. Your costs will obviously be affected by the time you need. See the section on costs for more ways to reduce the time to completion.

  7. Your physiology is the other major factor: amount and coarseness of your facial hair, your hormone levels, your pain threshold, and your skin's tolerance of treatment.

  8. Your frequency and regularity of treatment will affect your treatment time. Do as much as you can afford, and stick with your electrologist's recommended schedule.

  9. Plucking and waxing can make electrolysis more difficult, expensive, and time-consuming, as well as increase the risk of skin damage.

  10. Many believe that the use of anti-androgens such as spironolactone can reduce treatment time, although they have little (if any) effect on existing facial hair.

  11. Many believe that one modality is better than others at reducing total treatment time, although there is no definitive proof. Electrologist skill is more important than modality used.

  12. Some hairs will regrow and require multiple treatments.

  13. Dallas Denny has reported her electrologist has an average treatment time that is one-third the generally accepted average, although this is based on a small sample (4), and should be considered exceptional rather than what to expect.

  14. See the section on when to start electrolysis for a discussion on planning for how long it will take.