For patients identifying as transgender, you may be considering a transgender hair transplant. Hair transplant surgery can be carried out to thicken existing hair or
restore hair where it has been lost and this can be an important part of the transitioning process.
There are many different instances for when one may consider a transgender hair transplant. In general, there are 2 instances for when patients reach out for a hair transplant:
As an M2F (Male to Female) patient, you might be considering a feminisation procedure for a masculine hairline
As an F2M (Female to Male) patient, you might be considering restoring hair where it is thinning in an FtM transition.
At Elite Hair Restoration Ltd, one of the UK's leading hair restoration surgery providers and premier hair trans hair transplant clinics, our surgeons are experienced performing trans hair reshaping.
The distinguishable characteristics between male and female hairlines are an imperative gender trait, from the shape and position to the flow of hairs.
However, crown hair loss and receding hairlines pose many problems especially when transitioning. So although male pattern baldness is an undesirable trait for most men, it can be severely distressing for M2F patients as it’s a recognisable side effect of male hormones.
Nevertheless, the advancement in FUE hair transplants and non-surgical hair loss treatments has made it more accessible for transgender patients to receive treatments to aid in their transitioning process.
In this article, we explore both surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments for transgender patients to help with their transition. We also outline the differences between male and female hairlines and the cost of both an FUT or FUE hair transplant surgery, which are both available at Elite Hair Restoration.
Hair transplants are becoming increasingly popular amongst the transgender community as they can help alter the appearance of your hairline, as well as add volume and thickness to areas that are thinning. Hair Transplants are a unique way to change the appearance of a patient’s hairline and hair crown to aid in their gender reassignment.
Transgender hair transplant surgery is constructed with the patient’s transition in mind. Using a bespoke method, the procedure will be tailored entirely to the patient’s needs, whether they’re transitioning from M2F or F2M. This is because a male’s hairline differs from a female's hairline, so the appropriate measures will be discussed before the procedure during an in-depth consultation with our leading Patient Advocates and Hair Restoration Surgeons.
What is Hair Restoration for MTF Transgender Patients?
Hair restoration for male-to-female (MTF) transgender patients, aka transgender hair restoration, is a procedure that uses advanced hair transplantation techniques to improve the appearance of thinning areas on the upper scalp.
As a result, transgender patients can expect a more youthful and feminine hairline. Transgender women can face many challenges when it comes to their hair, and it can enhance gender dysphoria. However, improving a person’s hairline can lead to higher self-esteem and confidence in transgender women.
With Elite Hair Restoration you can be sure your are in safe hand with an experienced and highly qualified hair transplant surgeon who can perform extensive hair transplant techniques that will result in the best results possible for patients with any type of hair.
What Types of Hair Restoration Techniques Will Be Used?
Hair restoration techniques can include Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
in some cases, both will assist in hairline lowering or reshaping.
Qualified hair restoration surgeons can also potentially fix the following:
Thinning spots on the scalp
Bald patches and bald spots on the crown
Receding hairlines or hairlines with a “masculine” shape
Hairlines that are too high
Transgender hair transplants are mostly performed using the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) surgical procedure. However, transgender hair transplants often opt for this surgery as they have spent some time growing their hair out and hence shaving it for an FUE surgery can have a negative effect and create delays with a final result.
The resulting hairline needs to fit a person’s gender and create a soft and natural appearance for patients during their transition. The success rate of FUT is considered a more successful and viable technique for these results.
The procedure can be referred to as transgender hairline lowering, which transforms a “masculine” hairline into a more “feminine” looking hairline that contours the face.
Are There Possible Complications?
Patients seeking a hair restoration that will feminize their face need to keep in mind that there are risks involved performing Transgender Hair Transplant Surgery, like any other surgical procedure.
These risks can include hair recession and progressive hair thinning. However, for many transgender patients, if they combine surgical and non-surgical therapies (like hormone therapy or POM Finasteride), the better the results will be.
All things considered, the ultimate goal at Elite Hair Restoration is to achieve the most natural results and a hairline that feminizes the face and achieves the aesthetic goals of the patient.
Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?
Hair transplants are most commonly used for “male pattern hair loss.” For transgender women who have undergone gender reassignment surgery and are taking hormone therapy, male pattern hair loss can stop. This process can be advantageous for having long-lasting results for hair restoration.
However, it is essential to note that not all patients with a suitable donor region may be an ideal candidate for the procedure. Firstly, Elite Hair Restoration will examine your hair loss, reviewing both the Donor and Recipient areas and then talk with you about your medical history and aesthetic goals.
At this stage we will be better able to determine if you are the right candidate for this surgery, that the surgery is safe to perform and we can achieve and meet your expectations.
For transgender women during any point of their transition, it is wise to schedule a hair transplant consultation right away to discuss your goals with hair restoration goals and answer any of your questions or concerns. Video Consultations are free and take place every day, Monday through Sunday.
If this type of surgery is a good option for you we will create a unique treatment plan that will meet your needs, this would be emailed to you with additional documentation to make an informed choice about your treatment plan.
A patients surgical plan may also include techniques that will conceal visible scarring for an even better outcome. If you have received a hair transplant that you were not satisfied with, expert surgeons are also there that perform corrective hair transplants.
Is Getting a Transgender Hair Restoration Expensive?
Since transgender hair restoration costs depend on a person’s individual needs and surgical plan, the prices can vary. There is no overall cost amount that applies to everyone – that’s why it’s essential to book a consultation. That way, you can find out more information about how much this treatment will cost you specifically and your requirements.
Your first consultation will discuss your goals, the various hair restoration options, and how much your plan will potentially cost, depending on the results you are seeking.
What Will the Recovery Process Be Like?
After a hair restoration procedure, you can expect soreness, redness, and swelling in the harvesting and grafting areas. However, this type of discomfort can be treated with medication that your surgeon will provide.
Your healing time might be longer if you had a procedure that required more significant incisions, like the strip harvesting method (FUT) used for hairline lowering.
However, many patients, in general, can return to work after a fourteen days once the swelling and subsequent scabbing have gone.
Elite Hair Restoration offer 2 years comprehensive aftercare, we are also on hand 24/7 for patient following their surgical intervention. We will keep you informed about your progress and essential stages in your healing journey.
In Conclusion - What To Expect
Hair restoration surgery can be an amazing and life changing option for transgender women who want to improve the appearance of their hair, as you have seen within the content of these amazing videos from Luxeria who documented her hair restoration journey from the day of surgery to 2.5 years post FUT Transgender Hair Line Surgery.
Doing so can minimize gender dysphoria and lead to a better quality of life and increased happiness.
Our Commitment To The Trans Community
Thank you for reaching out and expressing your interest in our mission at Elite Hair Restoration. Our commitment to educating and supporting the trans-community is rooted in our belief that everyone deserves to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. Hair loss can be a difficult and emotionally challenging experience for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for those in the trans-community who are already navigating complex social and medical journeys.
At Elite Hair Restoration, we understand the unique challenges that members of the trans-community face when it comes to hair loss. Hormonal changes, medical procedures, and other factors can all contribute to hair loss, and the psychological toll can be significant. For many trans individuals, hair loss can feel like a loss of identity, and it can be difficult to find support and resources that are tailored to their specific needs.
That's why we believe it's so important to educate members of the trans-community about their options for hair restoration. We want to empower them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their hair, and we want to provide them with a safe and supportive space where they can discuss their hair loss concerns and explore their options.
We also understand the financial constraints that can accompany hair restoration for trans individuals, and we are committed to making our services as affordable and accessible as possible. Whether through financing options, insurance coverage, or other means, we want to ensure that everyone has access to the hair restoration solutions they need to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin.
In addition to education and accessibility, we also believe it's important to provide emotional support to the trans-community throughout their hair loss journey. This can mean providing a listening ear, offering reassurance and encouragement, and connecting individuals with resources and support groups that can help them navigate their journey.
At Elite Hair Restoration, we are proud to be a part of the trans-community's hair loss journey, and we are committed to providing the education, support, and resources they need to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. We believe that everyone deserves to feel confident and beautiful, and we are dedicated to helping members of the trans-community achieve that confidence and beauty through hair restoration.
Thank you again for your interest in our mission and our commitment to the trans-community. We believe that by working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those who are facing hair loss, and we are honored to be a part of that journey.