Transgender News

Breast Binding Safety

Breast Binding Safety

Layering, wrapping, compressing, binding is a process that many female-to-male transgender (FTM) people engage in to reduce the appearance of breasts. It involves the compression of chest tissue through a number of methods (such as layering sports bras, using commercially made breast binders, and wrapping ace bandages). In fact, one study of 1,800 FTM participants found that 51.5 percent reported …

Read More »
Female Hair Thinning and Balding

Female Hair Thinning and Balding

Hair loss (or alopecia) in trans women is normally associated with the normal pattern of balding seen in men–the variety of receding hair line and balding patterns prior to the use of female hormones. Baldness in men is not a disease, but rather the body’s reaction to the male hormones (androgens) in genetically predisposed individuals. However, a smaller but still …

Read More »
Cosmetics and Contact Lens Care

Cosmetics and Contact Lens Care

For many individuals, wearing contacting lenses has been a way of life for years. But for those who are unaccustomed to wearing cosmetics, improper application of foundation, particularly eye make-up, can cause health problems ranging from minor irritation to more serious consequences.  Also, the contact lens, itself, can be permanently damaged by the improper use of some types of beauty …

Read More »
Electrolysis

Electrolysis Methods

All methods described here are based on techniques using needle type electrolysis.  The three methods used in electrolysis are Galvanic, Thermolysis, and Blend.  All three methods involve inserting a small needle into the hair follicle.  Galvanic Method The galvanic method was the first method developed for removing superfluous hair. This method removes hair through chemical decomposition. Galvanic refers to galvanism or galvanic cells (a …

Read More »

Breast Implant Risks

In addition to the risks of anesthesia and surgery in general, there are complications that may result from any surgical procedure that places a foreign object (including a breast implant) in the body. It is not known how frequently the following occur, but the frequency is dependent on both patient and surgical factors. General Surgical Risks Hematoma is a collection of …

Read More »
Typical Results of Male to Female Hormonal Therapy

Typical Results of Male to Female Hormonal Therapy

While the individual’s response to feminizing therapy will vary, we have observed several key changes that appear for the majority of transgender women in addition to the general estrogenic effects related. Breasts For the transgender woman, breast development will vary greatly, as it does with the genetic female population. However, breast development will typically be less than what is experienced …

Read More »
Hormones

Herbal Hormones

Phytoestrogens, sometimes referred as natural or herbal hormones, are naturally occurring substances extracted from plants. Their molecules look a lot like estrogens that normally are produced in a woman’s body. But they also resemble some anti-estrogens, like the breast-cancer drug tamoxifen. With an interest developed through advertising and word of mouth, many transgender individuals have experimented with a variety of …

Read More »
Chemical Peel

Chemical Peel

Chemical peel is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes and wrinkles, along with mild scarring and uneven skin pigmentation, which may have resulted from electrolysis. A peel is performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers.  Most peels are performed on …

Read More »
Minimally Invasive Facelifts and Feminization

Minimally Invasive Facelifts and Feminization

For the transgender woman who wishes to feminize her face and create a more youthful appearance, but feels bony re-contouring of the forehead and jaw is too extensive of an approach, may wish to consider a minimally invasive facelift and feminization. For almost a decade many people have successfully undergone minimally invasive surgery to improve the look of their forehead …

Read More »
Types of Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants

There are variety of implant types: silicone gel-filled, saline-filled, silicone/saline combination, PVP-Hydrogel, and plant oil. There are round implants and anatomic implants. The anatomic type of implant may also be described as a teardrop or tapered implant. The rounded implant gives a fuller upper chest and cleavage. The tapered implant is sometimes suggested for thinner individuals because it may result …

Read More »