Is electrolysis or laser necessary for sex change MTF vaginoplasty?

Dr. Reed, Do you advise electrolysis or laser to remove genital hair before vaginoplasty.  How about so called scraping during surgery? Lisa

Dear Lisa,

We absolutely recommend hair removal, ideally several weeks before feminizing vaginoplasty as some hair will grow back.  This will require a touch-up.  Our preference is for electrolysis with local anesthesia.  This permits usage of higher settings and less likelihood of hair regrowth. A diagram, with caption is posted below and appears on our web-site

I know hair scraping is performed especially in the Orient but hair growing in the vagina is very unpleasant during penetration.  Same as though someone is pulling on body hair anywhere on your body or head.

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery – Miami



Electrolysis diagram for vaginoplasty

vaginal hair

Hair growing out of vagina after scraping during vaginoplasty

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