For transgender individuals, their physical appearance can often be at the root of their personal conflict. Certain stereotypically and biologically masculine or feminine physical attributes contrast against their gender identity, though of course there is no right or wrong way to perform your gender. For those seeking aesthetic treatments to better align their appearance with their gender while transitioning, however, there are certain non-surgical procedures that provide excellent results for these individuals.
Skin changes when transitioning
Physical transitioning often begins with hormonal intervention, which can have skin-related side effects due to the differing levels of hormones in your system. For example, if you are receiving testosterone then you might be experiencing greater oil production in your skin, resulting in acne and blemishes. When receiving oestrogen, your skin could become far drier, itchy, and irritable. For individuals receiving testosterone and experiencing more congested skin, a course of chemical peels will help to rebalance oil production and treat active acne.
A chemical peel creates a controlled wounding on the surface of the skin, exfoliating away the top layer of damaged and dying skin cells that are blocking your pores and follicles. This encourages a positive skin cell turnover while ‘drying out’ your acne, rebalancing oil production. It opens up your blocked pores to allow them to empty and heal, treating a spot-prone complexion.
For those receiving oestrogen, drier skin could benefit from a richer and heavier moisturiser. Professional products are far more preferable for this skin type because of the quality of their ingredients, encouraging hydration at deep levels and not just on the very top surface of the skin. We even offer an injectable moisturiser to deliver hydrating relief and improve the quality of your skin.
Typical masculine and feminine features differ greatly, so for individuals who are transitioning and wanting to avoid the pain and cost of surgery, there are non-surgical aesthetic treatments that will benefit your facial structure.
Dermal fillers accentuate certain parts of the lips for a more feminine mouth. Whether it is pronouncing the cupid’s bow, balancing asymmetry, or just adding a little more volume and structure, a more feminine appearance can be gained. When considering the actual structure of the face, dermal fillers can also be used to create two very different jaw augmentations: a stronger, more angular jaw for those seeking a masculine appearance, or softening and curving the structure for a more feminine appearance. Even filler in the chin changes the focal points of the face, helping to change immediate facial symmetry for the desired effect.
Wrinkle injections that use a well-known and regulated medical toxin are also of some use for transgender individuals. For a more feminine brow arch and a less prominent or lined forehead, we can help transgender women to feel more comfortable in their physical appearance if these are the traits she seeks.
Unwanted body and facial hair can lead to a dramatic impact on some members of the transgender community’s mental health. Body and facial hair (or lack thereof) is often a gender-affirming act that helps the individual feel more at home in their own body. Laser hair removal for members of the trans community helps lessen the need for traditional hair removal that sometimes needs to be performed as much as weekly, which we appreciate can be a disheartening experience. Some body hair does appear to thin out for transgender women receiving hormone therapy, but everyone’s body is different. One of the major advantages of laser hair removal is that it is suitable for use on the face, legs, arms, underarms, buttocks, bikini line, back, and chest. In other words, it can be used on almost all areas of the body. After multiple sessions, you could see a substantial reduction in your hair growth and forgo the often-upsetting short-term hair removal methods.
We believe that aesthetic clinics and practices should be far more vocal in their support for transgender individuals, especially if we can help you feel more at-home in your skin. If you’re considering treatment with us at Omniya in Knightsbridge, enquire online or speak to a member of our team on 020 7584 4777 to book your initial consultation today.