This page is specifically for transgender people seeking information about permanent hair removal by electrolysis in Sydney, Australia.
A brief history of Nicolsons Electrolysis serving the Transgender Community:
At Nicolsons we understand that hair removal is a personal and very important matter. Therefore we have compiled below information of the services we provide for transgender individuals and answer some of those frequently asked questions about electrolysis and hair removal. If you have any questions which are not addressed below or on the general FAQs page please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone.
My name is Katherine Spiric and I have been working with the transgender community as an electrologist for over 20 years now. I trained in Sydney in 1994 and worked in a specialist electrolysis centre for over a decade.
In August 2010 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take over Nicolsons Electrolysis from an old colleague, Mairi Hawkes. Back then the business had a small percentage of transgender clientele who I warmed to straight away. I was then very grateful as those clients went on to recommend me to their friends and even on social media sites and forums. Today around half of our clientele are transgender women, which I take as a great compliment. I love working with the transgender community for many reasons. I feel it is a great privilege to be a part of the journey. I love seeing my clients blossom into the person they truly are, yet have been stifled by their circumstances thus far. I often become a person to chat with, to confide in, and to download to for many clients.
Many clients begin electrolysis before they begin to formally transition. This is often a sensible approach as electrolysis often takes 2 years or more from start to finish. If you wish to start whilst you are still presenting to the world as male that is absolutely fine. Quite a number of clients in this position like me to call them by their preferred female name, which I am also more than happy to do.
I will always be discreet and if there is a need to contact you I will make sure to find out your preferred method of contact and how to address you when I do make contact.
Overview of Electrolysis:
Invented in the 19th centuary electrolysis is still the only method that’s recommended by the US FDA and AMA for permanent removal of unwanted hair. The process involves the insertion of a very fine probe into the hair follicle, the application of a small amount of current to cauterize the lower portion of the hair follicle, and then the removal of the hair. It is a very precise procedure, requiring extreme accuracy to achieve 100 % permanent results. It works on any skin and hair colour and type.
The Different Methods:
When researching electrolysis people often come across debates and opinions on which method and which machine might be best. All professional electrolysis machines work, as do all the methods: Thermolysis, The Blend, or Multi-needle Galvanic.
I have used many different machines and have worked with all three modalities in the past. From this extensive experience I have settled on the Apilus technology for the Thermolysis method.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The following are specific questions about electrolysis for transgender women. For a more extensive list of questions and answers please refer to the FAQs page.
How ought I prepare for electrolysis?
We require a certain amount of length to the hair – at least a couple of millimetres. If you have begun hormone treatment, you will have a significant reduction in hair growth rate, and will need to factor this in. It is okay to shave or trim the hairs in between. Please do not wax or tweeze in between.
It is possible to continue laser hair removal and start electrolysis though please discuss this with us to determine the best approach.
Looking after your skin by eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water is something we recommend to all of our clients. It is especially important to make sure you are well hydrated just before your treatment so be sure to drink water, and try to avoid heavy consumption of caffeine. Moisturising your skin the morning of your treatment is very beneficial too.
How long does it take for full face hair removal?
Full face hair removal is the most common area we are asked to treat. A sparse hair growth may take between 40 and 60 hrs total. A heavier growth may take 100 to 120, or even a little more. But after the time has been put in your skin will be silky smooth and completely hair free.
How ought I schedule electrolysis around SRS?
This is a question which often comes up and I am always happy to work with my clients to prepare them for surgery. You will no doubt find that there are many different opinions out there regarding the necessity of electrolysis pre-SRS. It is up to you to decide whether to go ahead. I will say though, if you do decide to have it done, please try to start at least 18 months before surgery. Starting electrolysis 2 or 3 months before surgery will only give me time to remove the hairs that are growing above the skin surface at that time. Other active hair follicles will still remain. They will require treatment after their hairs have shown above the skin surface.
Free Consultation and 10 minute trial:
At Nicolsons Electrolysis we start off with a free no obligation consultation.
The two questions people almost always ask are: “does it hurt?” and “how will my skin react?” These are very important questions to answer as they will define how you plan your treatments (how long per session, how often, how to fit treatments in around work and social commitments). For this reason we have a free 10 minute consultation so you can answer these questions for yourself then and there.
During the consultation, you will first be asked to fill out a short form before we have a discussion about the area(s) of concern. The process of electrolysis is then explained, and what to expect during and after the treatment.
If you feel electrolysis is the solution for you and you wish to get started we will then start discussing your treatment plan.
Nicolsons Electrolysis is located in a quiet, relaxed setting at my home in Balmain. There is plenty of free parking and access via public transport is quite easy.
For an overview of Nicolsons Electrolysis see the home page.
For further information you will find a list of more general questions and answers about electrolysis on the FAQs page. Related information is on the about electrolysis page and on this one about the clinic and staff. Another page features client testimonials and reviews. You can find a location map and email form on the contact page.