I’d been putting this off. Both cost a ton of money and for me like most of us, that is in short supply.
I got thinking about this last evening sparked off by bcass’s comment to Ruth’s blog.
“Hormones are good and stop the noise in the head and they do feminise you a bit, but most feminisation happens between your ears. It is all attitude. Laser or Electro on the beard helps but you can do that any time and regardless of hormones and it will change your face as much as (and maybe more than) hormones.”
I then went looking at local providers of both laser and electrolysis and thanks to the wonders of the web came across this at Transgendercare.com
In many individuals, there are enough active follicles present in the beard to distort the lower face somewhat. Much of the hard, masculinized features of the lower face are a direct result of the beard. When looking at the male upper lip area in profile, the bearded area above the lip (moustache area) is often rounded outwards. This rounding is the result of all of the active hair follicles present in the upper lip region. Also, the fleshy area of the lip appears thinner than a female. This is the result of the fleshy part of the lip being pushed inward by the large amount of active follicles present in the moustache area. The same effect, to a lesser extent, occurs with the lower lip. A relationship typically exists between the thickness (often seen as blueness) of the beard and the rounded, thin lipped appearance of the individual.
This same thickening and associated angularity or protrusion occurs around the jaw line and chin as well. While differences appear between males and females with the bony structure of the lower face, much of the excessive heaviness in the lower face is often the result of the beard. For this reason, we do not recommend considering facial plastic surgery until the overpowering effects of the beard are first removed.
By contrast, as the beard lessens during the course of treatment, the face changes and begins to look boy-like or feminine. The skin areas around the upper lip (moustache) and lower lip flatten, and the fleshy portions of the lips become more pronounced as they are no longer being pushed inward. The overall heaviness in the lower face decreases and the skin softens. These effects are accentuated by hormonal therapy changing the texture of the skin and the way in which it drapes over the face. With proper hormone therapy and sufficient electrolysis, most individuals have a rather feminine appearance in about two years time.
If that’s the case, I want to get on with destroying Tony’s beard because Michele needs to look her best at all times.
So I am asking for help and advice. If you’ve had this treatment is it effective in feminising the face and if so, which is best Laser or Electrolysis?