Hair Removal for Patients Undergoing Feminizing Surgeries in Oregon’s Medicaid Program


Hair removal can be a critical component of the gender-affirmation process for transgender patients and is often required before vaginoplasty or phalloplasty to prevent postoperative complications. In 2015, Oregon was one of the first of 22 states to cover gender-affirming surgeries in their Medicaid program. Oregon is 1 of 6 states covering hair removal as part of presurgical preparation for genital or chest surgeries. Oregon’s plan covers these services without cost-sharing and requires procedures to be performed by board-certified dermatologists or other health care professionals licensed to perform hair removal. Little is known about use of electrolysis hair removal and laser hair removal once covered. This study describes hair removal for transgender individuals assigned male sex at birth in Oregon’s Medicaid program from 2015 to 2018.

In JAMA Dermatology
Jae Downing
Jae Downing
Assistant Professor

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