Our practice recommends hair removal prior to Phalloplasty surgery. The blood supply in your donor site is not interrupted, therefore the hair that exists pre-operatively will continue to grow once moved to the “new” location. Although there is limited data, research has shown that the potential complications of hair bearing skin may include: post-voiding dribble, obstruction of urinary flow, which may result in a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
We recommend that you start your hair removal as soon as possible. Hair removal can be a lengthy process and varies slightly depending on size of area and hair density of the area to be treated. You should allow at least 6-9 months for optimal hair removal. It is important that you do not have any hair removal sessions within 2 weeks of your surgery date.
Currently, electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal available. However, laser hair removal can also be complimentary.
Hair Removal & Insurance
It is your responsibility, as a patient, to seek reimbursement from your insurance company directly. Your hair removal provider will be able to assist you in this process. The Crane Center for Transgender Surgery will provide you with a letter of medical necessity from our office following your initial consultation. You can view excerpts from various health insurance medical policies that have explicit provisions detailing when electrolysis or laser hair removal is covered for transgender people on TranscendLegal.org.