Aesthetic medicine can also help to get a skin and a sweet and feminine factions to allow the patient to feel more identified with their gender, such as increased or profiling lips (to give more pleasure to the mouth), chemical peel (to get a thinner skin and soft) or laser hair removal (to forget about the hair).
Women tend to have fuller, more defined lips than men. This difference is particularly noticeable with the upper lip which also, with age, has a greater tendency to become thinner and flatter, thereby losing its characteristic shape. Augmentation and enhancement cheiloplasty is the name given to the technique of increasing the volume of the lip and giving them a more pronounced form. Today, thanks to progress in techniques, lip augmentation can be carried out during an authorised consultation. Only in a few cases is the procedure carried out in an operating theatre in a hospital. The most common lip augmentation techniques are the use of fat grafts, collagen implants or a hyaluronic acid compound.
Cheiloplasty generally lasts between 10 and 15 minutes and is normally carried out under topical or local anaesthetic, depending upon the patient and the surgeon’s preferences.
Recovery is almost instantaneous and the results are immediately apparent. It must be noted that neither collagen nor hyaluronic acid are permanent and are reabsorbed over time. In the case of collagen, the procedure must be repeated every six months, although if hyaluronic acid is chosen, the effect may last for more than a year.
Thanks to hormone therapy, many transsexual women lose a great deal of their male body hair. The hair covering their arms and legs become finer. In some cases the hair on their back, abdomen, neck and chest is considerably reduced, but in many others not. What is most annoying for many women is that on their face: beard density is genetically determined and its growth is not significantly reduced by taking female sex hormones.
Eliminating facial hair has made it easier for transsexual women to enjoy the real-life experience of being a woman, and it is therefore advisable to undergo it even before Gender Reassignment Surgery. Traditional methods of reducing this hair are either painful (wax or electric removal techniques) or short-lived (depilation gels and creams or shaving). Laser depilation or IPL allows them, in a few sessions, to forget about hair issues, unlike electrolysis, which can be a fairly painful and lengthy process (around two years).
Laser or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) depilation consists in destroying the hair follicles located under the skin’s surface with beams of pulsed light.
This technique, which does not require any type of anaesthesia, ensures after a few sessions that hair will not regrow. Unlike other depilation techniques, it does not distinguish between different types of patient hair or skin, which gives a significant reduction in the probability of pigment changes in the skin.
For optimal results, it is advisable to avoid direct exposure to the sun and heat sources for a prudent period of time.
The skin of men and women are different. Biological men’s skin tends to contain more collagen but is also less smooth, more rough and more porous than that of biological women. Thanks to hormone therapy, the skin and hair become finer. The skin of the face becomes smoother until it looks feminine. However, in some cases, there is a need to remove the surface layer of dead skin so that the cutis can shine with all its splendour. One of the least aggressive but effective treatments is without doubt facial peeling. In addition to renewing the skin, facial peeling can treat acne and small wrinkles on the face.
Peeling is a non-surgical technique that eliminates the top layers of abused skin with a range of caustic substances (salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, etc.). It has a range of applications: facial rejuvenation, the elimination or improvement of skin marks, and improving greasy skin (and also those with a tendency towards acne), although all types will see a noticeable boost in quality. Generally speaking, rejuvenating chemical peeling is used to treat lesser expression lines or skin marks. In the case of deeper imperfections such as acne or chicken pox marks, rosacea, deeper expression lines, etc., Erbium laser treatment is advisable.
There are different types of peelings, as there are different types of skins. Therefore, the substance used, the number of sessions, their frequency, the dosage and the exposure time will vary from one person to another, and only an aesthetic doctor can make a decision on this, after analysing a patient’s skin quality.