Effectiveness of Preoperative Depilation of the Urethral Donor Site for Phalloplasty: Neourethral Hair Growth and its Effects on Voiding

Garry L. S. Pigot, Saloua Belboukhaddaoui, Mark Bram Bouman, Eric J. H. Meuleman, Edith M. de Boer, Marlon E. Buncamper, Brechje Ronkes, Margriet G. Mullender, Jakko A. Nieuwenhuijzen

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Preoperative laser depilation of the urethral donor site for phalloplasty reduces subsequent hair growth. On average, six laser cycles are necessary. Neourethral hair appears to have no influence on voiding. We advise annual urethroscopic follow-up in cases with high urethral hair density.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-775
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean urology focus
Issue number4
Early online date23 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020


  • Anterolateral thigh flap
  • Depilation
  • Free radial forearm flap
  • Hair density
  • Laser treatment
  • Neourethra
  • Phalloplasty
  • Transgender men
  • Urethral lengthening
  • Uroflowmetry

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