My electrolysis charts

Reminder: Start with face work, and begin body after face is under control. Also, try to start genital work one year prior to SRS if possible.

2001 update: Any further electrolysis and hair removal I need, I don't consider to be transition-related. That's a good feeling!

2002 update: As of the end of February, I have not had any facial hair removal of any kind (not even a little 15 minute session) in about six months. I have four or five medium-coarse hairs on my upper lip and a couple of wispy ones along the jawline.

Because I was obsessed with transition and wanted an accurate account of how long it took to complete my electrolysis, I kept a frighteningly meticulous record of my treatment schedule.

My face took approximately 350 hours total, breaking down roughly:

  • 52% in year 1 (first 12 months)
  • 26% in year 2
  • 17% in year 3
  • 4% in year 4
  • 1% in year 5

I don't claim my treatment time is typical. Mine has taken longer than the average I have seen reported, in part because my first year was done without hormones, plus my facial hair was very coarse. Also, my electrologist had never worked on a TS from the onset before, so I was a guinea pig. The chart does show measurable results, though. So, for your consideration, here is documented proof of my obsession.


Facial electrolysis chart: 1995 through 1998

In hours per month (fractions rounded)

KEY:
+  starting out
+  face kept clear with at least 2 long sessions per week
+  face cleared with one long session per week
+  1 session/week, plus treatment with hormones
+  less than one session per week, as needed

  95               96                       97                       98                      
  M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D
21         +                                                                              
20                                                                                        
19             +                                                                          
18       +           +                                                                    
17           +     +                                                                      
16                                                                                        
15               +       +                                                                
14                                                                                        
13                                                                                        
12                     +                                                                  
11   +                                                                                    
10                             + +     +   +                                              
09                           +                                                            
08     +                             +       +     + +                                    
07 +                       +       +             +                                        
06                                       +             +                                  
05                                                       + + +                            
04                                             +               + +                        
03                                                                 +                      
02                                                                   +   +                
01                                                                     +   + + + + + + + +
00                                                                                        
  M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D
  95               96                       97                       98                      

 


CHRONOLOGY:

  • 5/95 started under jawline
  • 8/95 began working down cheeks (after 26 hours)
  • 9/95 first time entire face is clear (after 48 hours)
  • 12/95 whole face cleared each session (after 104 hours)
  • 1995 total hours: 113.5
  • 1995 average hours per month: 14
  • 1995 average hours per week: 3.3
  • 7/96 started hormones: 100 mg spiro, .625 premarin daily
  • 8/96 increased hormones: 100 mg spiro, 1.25 premarin daily
  • 9/96 began doing back of neck when needed (not included in these hours)
  • 11/96 last time I ever shaved my face!
  • 12/96 increased hormones 100 mg spiro, 2.5 premarin daily
  • 1996 total hours: 129.75
  • 1996 average hours per month: 11
  • 1996 average hours per week: 2.5
  • 4/97 increased hormones 100 mg spiro, 2.5 premarin daily; + 20ml estradiol injections 2x/mo.
  • 4/97 began shaping brows (not included in these hours)
  • 1997 total hours: 81.5
  • 1997 average hours per month: 6.8
  • 1997 average hours per week: 1.6
  • 1/98 began less than one session per week, as needed
  • 3/98 began genital electrolysis (not included in these hours)
  • 6/98 stopped hormones for SRS, had SRS
  • 7/98 resumed hormones: 5 mg progesterone, 5 mg premarin daily
  • 9/98 treating less than a dozen facial hairs each treatment
  • 11/98 went in once all month
  • 12/98 went in once all month
  • 1998 total hours to date: 15.5
  • 1998 average hours per month: 1.3
  • 1998 average hours per week: 0.3 (under 20 minutes)

The zig-zag pattern is partly due to every other month having five weekly sessions instead of four. A line of best fit would show a steady progression leading to completion. A couple of months are unusually low because of missed treatments due to work-related travel.


In order to gauge progress more accurately, the chart for 1999 and beyond is in minutes per month. That's a pretty exciting day when you start thinking of it in minutes instead of hours!

Facial electrolysis chart: 1999-2000

It was kind of amazing-- there was this point when all of the sudden I just didn't need to go any more!

  99                       00                      
  J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D
60 +             +                                
57                         +                      
54                                                
51                                                
48                                                
45     +             +                            
42                                                
39                                                
36           +                                    
33   +                                            
30       +     +                         +        
27                                                
24                                                
21                                                
18                                                
15                 +   +                          
12                                                
09                                                
06                                                
03                                                
00         +                               + + + +
  J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D
  99                       00                      
  • 5/99 first month with no appointments needed!
  • 1999 total minutes : 369 (6.15 hours)
  • 1999 average minutes per month: 31
  • 1999 average minutes per week: 7
  • 2/00-8/00 no appointments needed!
  • 2000 total minutes : 87 (1.45 hours)
  • 2000 average minutes per month: 7
  • 2000 average minutes per week: less than 2

Sally's electrolysis chart

Another woman has also logged her 200 hours of electrolysis into a chart to show diminishing regrowth over time. As with mine, her first year was about 50% of her total costs. Click here to view Sally's electrolysis info.


Body/genital electrolysis table

Prior to transition, I had done some electrolysis on my back and back of neck. This turned out to be a waste of time and money, since much of that body hair went away after starting hormones. I urge you to spend all your time on your face until you can be cleared with less than an hour a week.

1998 Genital work Body work Comments
March

3.0

-

Began body work after face was at 1 hour a month.
April

2.0

-

Thought I had one year for genital work before SRS.
May

6.5

3.5

Got SRS moved way up. Did extensive genital & chest work to prepare.
June

2.5

0.5

Final clearing before surgery.
July

-

4.0

No clearing until 6 weeks after surgery. Did body work instead.
August

2.0

3.5

Resumed clearing prior to 10/28 labiaplasty.
September

3.0

6.0

-
October

3.0

2.0

Labiaplasty 10/28. Last genital work approx. 2 weeks prior.
November

--

1.5

-
December

--

1.5

 
1998 Totals

22.0

22.5

-
1999 Body work Comments
January

5

 
February

1

 
March 1.25  
April 1.5  
May --  
June 3.75  
July 1.5  
August 3  
September 1.25  
October 2.25  
November .75  
December    
1999 Totals 21.25  

2001 update: in 2000 and 2001, I needed minor amounts of work on my chest and, um, butt. This amounted to a total of a few hours.

2002 update: As of the end of February, I have not had any facial hair removal of any kind in about six months. I have quite a few long wispy hairs on my chest I'll deal with, but these hairs are pretty easy to kill. I just haven't had tome to go deal with them.

Discussion

  • I recommend getting facial clearing nearly completed before beginning body work.
  • The only exception is that I strongly urge getting genital work started at least one year prior to SRS.
  • For more information, please read my page on Body/genital electrolysis.