Except for a blessed few, facial hair is a major curse for transsexual
women. It is painful, time-consuming and expensive to remove and it
looks unsightly for days after it is removed. Furthermore the hair needs
to grow out at least an eighth of an inch to give the electrologist a
target easy to see and latch onto with tweezers once it's been "cooked."
According to Andrea James' respected informational site
aside from some kinds of laser — which is isn't permanent for all
patients — only (properly done) electrolysis permanently removes hair.
The three main kinds are: galvanic (usually multiple-needle), thermolysis
and Blend (which combines the two). While people respond differently to
these methods I've always found multiple-needle galvanic the least painful
and most effective. It cleared my face in five months with almost no regrowth.
Badly done thermolysis, on the other hand, hurt worse, had a lot of regrowth
and it damaged my skin so badly I needed a chemical peel in 1991.