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Transgender Hair Transplant

As more people identify openly as transgender, reshaping and adjusting hairlines is becoming a more common part of the transition process. You may consider a transgender hair transplant to achieve your aesthetic goals if you are a female-to-male (FtM) or male-to-female (MtF) transgender patient. At the Dr Bonaros Hair Transplant Clinic in Glasgow, we are happy to assist you with your hair restoration surgery journey.

In this article, we explore both surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments for transgender patients that aid in their transition.

Schedule a free Zoom consultation with Dr Epameinondas Bonaros to find out about different hair transplant options and how our transgender hair transplants can help you.

Table of Contents

  1. Surgical Hair Transplant Procedures for Transgender Patients
    1. Female to Male Hair Transplant
    2. Male to Female Hair Transplant
  2. Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments for Transgender Patients
  3. FAQs
    1. What is the difference between male and female hairlines?
    2. How much does a transgender hair transplant cost?
    3. Is a FUE hair transplant for a receding hairline permanent?
    4. How long is the healing process for FtM & MtF hairline surgery?
    5. How long does it take to see transgender hair regrowth results?
  4. Dr Bonaros: Transgender Hair Transplant Surgery Completed with Care​

Surgical Hair Transplant Procedures for Transgender Patients

A transgender hair transplantation procedure is simply a hair transplant designed with your transition in mind. When undergoing gender reassignment, hair transplantation can be used to alter the gender-specific appearance of the patient. In the process of undergoing a transition, you may need help with hairline reshaping or with promoting new hair growth in balding areas.

An FUE hair transplant is a popular procedure among the transgender community. It can restore a full and natural-looking head of hair to those transitioning from female to male. For those transitioning from male to female, a transgender hair surgery can help form a more feminine hairline and add volume and thickness to thinning areas. In this way, a transgender hair transplant surgery can alleviate gender dysphoria caused by hairlines and high foreheads.

The procedure will be tailored entirely to each patient’s needs, whether they’re transitioning from MtF or FtM. Since a male’s hairline is different from a female’s hairline, the appropriate measures will be discussed during a detailed consultation before the transgender hair restoration surgery takes place.

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Female to Male Hair Transplant

As part of your transition from female to male, you may experience male pattern baldness. The use of male hormones during your female to male transition may change your physical appearance, including your hair. This is because testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Hair follicles can be miniaturised and shed as a result of DHT, which is why it is thought to cause male pattern hair loss (MPHL). You may develop transgender male pattern baldness, which has the characteristic pattern of a receding hairline and/or thinning crown.

Our FtM hair loss solutions include hair transplantations using FUE, which can be a very effective form of hair restoration for transgender patients as the procedure can give a natural look with a long lasting result. You can help counteract the effects of DHT with hair transplant surgery.

As you transition from female to male, your beard hair will grow, but some may find that their facial hair is patchy or not as thick as they would like. In this case, FtM beard transplants can be used to transform facial hair and create a more masculine and desirable beard. Our clinic also offers body hair transplants, which can improve FtM gender dysphoria.

Male to Female Hair Transplant

During your transition to female, the change in oestrogen levels due to hormone therapy can counteract the effect of DHT on hair, which, in turn, can prevent male pattern hair loss. Nonetheless, if there was existing hair loss or if balding had already started before the transition process, you might have thinning areas on your scalp or a hairline that resembles that of a receding male hairline.

As soon as you have completed your transition, you may want to add a feminine touch to your hairline. The FUE hair transplant is a viable option for trans women as it can be used to correct the hairline and provide a more feminine look. MtF hair transplants include options such as hairline lowering to treat deepening temporal recessions typically seen in men. A trans hairline surgery can transform a MtF receding hairline into a more feminine, curved hairline and promote MtF hairline regrowth.

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Have you recently undergone a gender reassignment surgery and want your hairline to match your true gender identity? Contact our clinic today to find out how we can help you achieve a full, masculine hairline or more feminine appearance.

Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments for Transgender Patients

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The advancement of FUE hair transplants and non-surgical hair loss treatments has made it easier for transgender patients to receive treatments to aid in their transition.

If you are considering a transgender FUE hair transplant, we recommend trying non-surgical hair loss treatments first as they are less invasive. The most appropriate and effective type of transgender hair restoration treatment for you will depend on many factors, including the type and stage of your hair loss, your age, lifestyle, goals, and stage of transition. 

The effectiveness of medical, non-surgical hair loss treatments varies for each patient. Based on the current stage of your hair loss and your goals, Dr Bonaros can advise you on the best treatment option. The two most commonly recommended treatments for transgender balding include:

  • Finasteride: Finasteride works by directly blocking the enzymes that convert testosterone into DHT, thereby preventing the miniaturisation of hair follicles and halting the balding process.
  • Minoxidil: This stimulant treatment prolongs the anagen phase of hair follicles and transforms already miniaturised follicles into terminal hairs.

If you are busy undergoing a FtM transition or want to know more about a hair transplant for MtF patients, contact our clinic on 0141 340 9098 to book an appointment with Dr Bonaros.

Transgender Hair Transplants FAQs

What is the difference between male and female hairlines?

For those who are transgender, hair growth in the correct places is crucial to feeling comfortable and confident in who you are and in your own skin.

Knowing and understanding the difference between male and female hairlines is necessary to construct and provide transgender women and men with a natural appearance, meaning natural looking hair, following a full hair transplantation or receding hairline transformation surgery.

Feminine hairlines are generally positioned further down the forehead when compared to masculine hairlines. Male vs female hairline shapes also differ, with men tending to experience receding hair around the temples, forming an ‘M’ shape, while women tend to have a more oval-shaped hairline.

When a hair transplant for a transgender patient is planned, there are several factors that need to be considered when deciding on the hairline position. This can include facial shape, hair type, ethnic characteristics, the present and anticipated stage of baldness, the graft availability or amount of permanent hair on the donor area, and, of course, the patient’s preference.

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Typical female hairlines

How much does a transgender hair transplant cost?

The average cost of a transgender hair transplant is around £6000, with costs starting from as low as £3500. Costs will vary depending on factors such as your hair characteristics, the overall complexity of your trans hair transplant and the number of grafts required. A hair transplant for a trans woman, such as a male to female hairline transplant, is very different to that for a trans male. The overall MtF hairline surgery cost depends on the exact procedure being used and will vary between patients.

Given the uniqueness of each patient’s situation, an assessment is an essential step in determining exactly how much a FtM or MtF hair transplant will cost. Read more about the hair transplant cost or fill in our online assessment form for a free, personalised treatment plan and cost estimate.

Is a FUE hair transplant for a receding hairline permanent?

FUE hair transplant surgery for MtF and FtM transgender patients is a permanent solution for the new hair that is implanted.

While new FtM or MtF hair growth is an ideal solution to reshape hairlines or combat transgender hair loss at the transplant site, it will not stop future hair loss in the surrounding areas.

How long is the healing process for FtM and MtF hairline surgery?

During the first few weeks following female to male and male to female hair transplants, you may experience some redness, swelling, scabbing, itching or discomfort around the transplanted area, but these reactions normally subside fairly quickly.

This type of hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure. You should be able to return to work the next day should you wish. That being said, most people like to take at least 2-3 days off before resuming usual activities after a MtF or FtM hair transplant procedure.

How long does it take to see transgender hair regrowth results?

You should start to see FtM and MtF hair regrowth after about three months following your procedure. Throughout the next few months, your new hair will continue to grow; however, it will still be relatively thin. 

FtM and MtF hair transplant before and after results differ from patient to patient. That being said, six months after your procedure, your transplanted hair typically will have blended in seamlessly with your original hair and you should now be able to cut and style it with ease.

Your new transplanted hair will have fully grown and matured one year after your FUE transplant.

Struggling with MtF hair loss or FtM balding? Book a consultation at our state-of-the-art clinic to find out about a hair transplant for transgender patients.

Dr Bonaros: Transgender Hair Transplant Surgery
Completed with Care

The main goal of the team at the Dr Bonaros Hair Transplant Clinic is to help every client regain their confidence and achieve their desired look through hair restoration treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs. Whether you are suffering from FtM male pattern baldness or are seeking a more feminine appearance, Dr Bonaros is the specialist for you.

As Scotland’s only full member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) as well as a full member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS), Dr Bonaros is one of the UK’s most qualified hair transplant surgeons, and he is dedicated to providing patient-centred treatments with compassion and integrity.

Striving for excellence and professionalism, our clinic uses the latest tools and technology to ensure our patients are not only receiving the best treatment, but that their safety is prioritised as well.

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Free Hair Loss Consultations Online

We offer free online consultations to evaluate your hair loss and provide you with the best option for your needs.

At your consultation, Dr Bonaros will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate of the number of grafts you will need and the cost of your treatment, as well as outline what can be accomplished technically and aesthetically.

Our consultations are private and confidential and give you the opportunity to meet your hair transplant surgeon and ask any questions you may have.

If you’re thinking of taking the next step towards your transformation and would like to know more about a transgender hair transplant, contact Dr Epameinondas Bonaros today for a free consultation.