Success in treatment takes commitment.
Fairview Electrolysis Clinic is a Trans Ally, and safe zone . Over the past 30+ years, I have treated some very special individuals. I believe, I have done my part in being instrumental within the LBGTQ2S community. My passion and determination to help others understand our diversities, and challenges, has given us reason to celebrate our successes, and continue to build and uplift each other.
Less of a fee doesn’t always equate to a better result. I have been in this business for 37 years and I am a certified professional, quick, and results-oriented. Happy and satisfied clients are the reason I continue to run a successful business.
For someone who is transitioning from M-F/ F-M, electrolysis is both challenging and beneficial. In my experience as a certified electrologist since 1980. I have successfully treated over 100+ transgender clients.I have seen first hand the incredible transformation with my clients. The electrolysis treatments along with the camaraderie has personally enriched, and added quality and value to each of our lives. This to me is by far the most rewarding part of my day knowing that I have done my job well. Electrolysis should be one of the first things on your priority list. Here are some of the advantages to having electrolysis.
• It’s safe when being treated by a certified or registered electrologist.
• It’s permanent hair removal.
• Helps build self confidence.
• It makes your skin feel softer.
• More youthful appearance.
• Relieves the stress of unwanted hair.
Let’s cut to the chase, if you truly want permanent hair removal, electrolysis is the ONLY permanent method, not laser.
The procedure in its entirety takes approximately two years. However with due care, and persistence, you will noticeably see a decrease in the facial hair well before the end of the two years. The process can be challenging and frustrating at times but it is also important to follow the recommended treatment schedule your electrologist has suggested for the best results.
The first step is to clear all of the facial hair. This will take approximate 10-20 hours depending on the heaviness of the beard. The more aggressively we treat the hair the first time, the more effective the treatment.
Once all the initial facial hair has been electrolysed, it’s a matter of scheduling the weekly treatments which may vary from two to four hours a week. Remember we are treating thousands of hairs. Don’t expect a quick fix. The coarser the hair, the faster it will grow back. A single hair has a three month cycle. Each hair will vary on how quickly it grows back based on how much blood supply is nourishing the hair follicle.
Here are some helpful electrolysis guidelines when transitioning.
• It’s important to find an electrologist who is skilled, (certified or registered) honest, and compassionate and who you feel comfortable with and who meets all safety standards.
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
• Find an electrologist who takes the time to do a complete and thorough consultation.
• Uses disposable needles.
• Find an electrologist who will discuss in their professional opinion how many treatment hours it will take to remove all of your facial hair.
• Find an electrologist who understands how to set up a series of appointments back to back, to begin the process of clearing ALL of the facial hair. This portion of the treatment is usually the most aggressive and will vary with each client depending on the abundance of facial hair. On average it takes 10-20 hours to clear the dense facial hair the first time.
• Find an electrologist who will work a minimum of two hours for follow up appointments over the course of the week until all of the facial hair is removed once again.
• Total hours to finish an entire face can take between 100-300 hours. Once the initial steps have been taken to remove all the facial hair, the next step is to begin clearing the second growth cycle of hair.
• Each facial hair will vary in density, depending on previous methods of hair manipulation. (such as laser, waxing, threading, Nono, and, Epilady which all happen to stimulate the blood supply).
• A virgin (lanugo) facial hair has a three month cycle. Every hair will vary in texture and how quickly it returns by the amount of blood supply that is feeding each individual hair follicle.
• Discuss with your electrologist a budget and how many hours you will require for weekly treatments.
It never hurts to ask if the clinic offers treatment packages at a discount rate.
• Be forewarned that sometimes the repetitiveness of the electrolysis treatment can be uncomfortable.
Ask the electrologist about topical creams such as Emla and Zensa that can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy(this will help minimize the discomfort).
• Once the facial hair has been completely removed it will be easier for the electrologist to gage the second growth cycle. Treatment times will then vary from 2-4 hours a week based on how fast your facial hair grows back.
• Speak with your Electrologist about your concerns, and goals you wish to achieve. We do our best to ensure you receive the best in quality treatment and affordability.
More helpful links to help educate and empower our clients:
Christine Burnham was a friend and a colleague of mine. Christine came to see me as a client many years ago when she was transitioning. She later became a registered electrologist and went on to be one of the founders of The Trans Alliance Society. She set the bar high for years to come .
Christine Burnham, sadly passed away on March 7, 2003. In her life, she celebrated many achievements as a trans activist, cinematographer, artist, writer, philosopher, friend, parent, electrologist, community leader, and friend to many. She received a Lifetime Honorary Membership from the Zenith Foundation, and also a Lifetime Achievement Award from Trans Alliance Society. Truly a wonderful human being.
Here are some notes from Christine Burnham. It is my impression that she was one of the first to start her own research on the laser in 1997. She was quite an inquisitive and an exceptional woman. Christine was definitely a pioneer in her own right. She set in motion the groundwork to begin her research in laser. When the laser was first introduced in 1996. Electrologists believed this was going to be the next best thing to treating hair permanently.
“When the laser phenomenon caught our industry by storm, we lost several electrologists who were hasty to jump on board with the laser. (As well as several advertising companies who were trying to link the laser with our Electrolysis title, as permanent hair removal which several members were against. Our Electrolysis Associations were in a quandry as to whether we should add the laser as a method of permanency or not). It was a very sad and confusing time. However as professional electrologists we had reason for concern. We had very little knowledge to guarantee it was permanent. In all honesty I didn’t feel it was safe or practical.”
When Christine brought it to my attention that she was planning to begin a study on the different modalities of the specific lasers that were available to her, I was thrilled. The concern was that we had very little information or none on the laser before we were right out the gate. Christine did a three year study on various clients over the next three years which was incredibly helpful to all of us who were still practicing electrolysis. Here are her notes, she documented. In present day, the laser has definitely made leaps and bounds but there are still not enough stats or documentation to warrant it as being 100% permanent. Until that day comes, I will continue treating my clients with my trusted, safe, and permanent, electrolysis.
We also treat female to male transgender clients, and we can address your concerns and questions in a similar manner.