At Cristianos we recognise the needs of our trans clients are very special:
The prospect of having a hair free, smooth complexion offers freedom from the worry and practical day to day constraints caused by facial and body hair. Not having to shave or concern yourself with the inevitable 6 o’clock shadow and not drawing attention to yourself with heavy make-up will have a very positive effect on your self confidence and quality of life…Chris Hart
Cristianos emerged in 1997, with the experience of one woman, Chris Hart. She was determined that all treatments, in which she was involved, had an ethical approach; the needs of patients would be the first consideration. She established the first Cristianos Laser Clinic in Altrincham, near Manchester, to provide that service. The reputation of the Clinic became such that demand increased and, in response to that need and to reduce the traveling times of clients, other Clinics have since been established in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Lancashire.
We understand the need for privacy and confidentiality and you can always be assured of a warm welcome. You are more than welcome to bring a friend or partner with you. For assessment or treatment your hair need only be visible on the surface of your skin. We will gladly remove your make-up and we also have the facilities for you to reapply it in privacy before leaving. If your hair or skin is not suitable for laser treatment we will tell you. If you are simply unsure or not ready to try laser or VPL treatment we can offer you electrolysis or waxing.
There has always been controversy surrounding funding from the NHS. As time has progressed certain PCT’s are now willing to listen to cases on an individual basis. The availability of hair removal on the NHS varies from one Trust to another and is generally regarded as a cosmetic treatment. Some Trusts will have electrolysis clinics attached to their dermatology departments but generally speaking the waiting lists are extensive and the amount of treatment is restricted regardless of the detrimental affect the hair growth might be having on the client’s quality of life. The availability of light based technology i.e. laser or intense pulsed light IPL within this framework is even more rear. Nevertheless where individual cases are presented certain Trusts are willing to out-source such treatment. Cristianos is a clinic known not only for the high standards of treatment and care but also the support offered to the trans community. That same quality of client centered treatment and care has resulted in Cristianos being assessed by several Primary Care Trusts as being a suitable for providing contracted services for hair removal.
Chris Hart comments ‘The client’s need has always been the driving force within Cristianos and the support we have provided to clients has resulted in many acquiring funding not only for hair removal of male pattern facial hair removal but also from the genital prior to SRS for M2F clients and the treatment of the donor site skin tissue prior to and post operatively for phalloplasty clients”
If you feel the problem is affecting your quality of life your PCT may pay for you to have treatment at Cristianos. If you think you would benefit you can contact Cristianos on freephone 0800-085- 0661 or in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org