Friday, May 11, 2018

Before and After - Stage 1

Before After

Over the past couple of years, Lili has prodded me to go to the Dermatologist and get my "Liver Spots" removed. Yesterday, I went to the dermatologist and had work done on my face.  As you can see, the "After" pictures look much worse than they feel.  Yet, they have made it impossible for me to go to my weekly game night meetup, as I must use makeup to make my face presentable in Marian mode.

The best way to describe the dermatologist's work is being pricked by 50 nasty bee stings, with a following scraping of hardened skin.  There is no way that I'll be out as Marian until my face clears up. And this makes it a perfect time to get out and about, taking care of tasks which require the presence of my Mario persona.

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At the time I write this entry, I have no idea of what I'll be doing next weekend while GFJ is occupied by her family.  I could go to see YGM for the day, but I expect to have another free day coming up in June when GFJ has a Gal's Night Out with her group of divorcees. However, I also can visit Washington, DC from Thursday to Sunday and get to see a former blogger, Meg, that I've written about in this blog.  Since seeing both friends requires me to be in Marian mode, I can't make any decision until the last minute, as my face may not have healed enough to go anywhere as Marian.

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Now that my face has been cleaned up for the most part, Lili is prodding me to take the next step - hair transplants.  Considering what Faith DaBrooke went through with her hair transplants, I will have to financially prepare for this well in advance and arrange for help from my friends long before I get the procedures done.  And then, I'll still need to find a hair cut that would allow me to display my real hair when in Mario and Marian modes, as Rhonda has done in the past.  (My brother and I still need to get together from time to time, and I'm not yet in the mood to out myself to him, his wife, or my nephew.)

I wouldn't mind having a full head of hair again.  It would be nice to be able to go swimming as a woman and take a dive into a pool without worrying about the wig on my head.  There are so many places where being able to show natural hair can be an advantage that I won't go into them here. But it would be nice, though much more expensive for me, to be able to go to a salon and get my hair styled as a cisgender woman might do from time to time.

Alas, I can't even be certain that having a full head of hair is again possible for me without seeing a hair transplant specialist.  Luckily, Lili picked up the name of one when I had my face done this week.  And given that several of the M2F TG's that I know have balding heads, I'll bet that some might be jealous if I can eventually present myself with natural hair.

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Transition is a long and gradual process.  And I'm not going to rush things....

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