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Transgender Hair Transplant

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. As more people identify themselves as transgender, reshaping and adjusting their hairline may be part of their transition process — and we at Dr Bonaros Hair Transplant Clinic in Glasgow 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 to aid in their transition.

Schedule a free Zoom consultation with Dr Epameinondas Bonaros to find out about 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
    3. Transgender Hair Transplant Cost
  2. Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments for Transgender Patients
  3. FAQs
    1. What is the difference between male and female hairlines?
    2. Is a FUE hair transplant for a receding hairline permanent?
    3. How long is the healing process for FtM & MtF hairline surgery?
    4. 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 and adjusting, or with promoting new hair growth in balding areas.

An FUE hair transplant can restore a full and natural-looking head of hair to those transitioning from female to male and a transgender hair surgery can help form a more feminine hairline for those transitioning from male to female. In this way, a hair transplant can alleviate gender dysphoria caused by hairlines and high foreheads.

A hair transplant is a popular procedure among the transgender community as it can alter the appearance of your hairline and add volume and thickness to thinning areas. In transgender hair transplant surgery, a patient’s transition is taken into consideration. The procedure will be tailored entirely to each patient’s needs, whether they’re transitioning from MtF or FtM. As a male’s hairline is different from a woman’s hairline, the appropriate measures will be discussed during a detailed consultation before the procedure.

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Female to Male Hair Transplant

As you go through the female to male transition process, the use of male hormones will change your physical appearance, as well as your hair. The reason for this is because testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is thought to cause male pattern baldness. Hair follicles can be miniaturised and shed as a result of DHT.

As part of your transition from female to male, you may also experience male pattern baldness.

Eventually, you can 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. 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, a FtM beard transplant can be used to create a more masculine and desirable beard.

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 (MPHL). 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 even a hairline that resembles that of a receding male 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.

As soon as you have completed your transition, you may want to add a feminine touch to your hairline. MtF Hair transplants such as hairline lowering can transform a receding hairline with deepening temporal recessions, typically seen in men, into a much more feminine curved hairline.

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Typical female hairlines

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 your hair characteristics, and factors such as the overall complexity of your trans hair transplant and the number of grafts required. Read more about the hair transplant cost or fill in our online assessment form for a free, personalised treatment plan and cost estimate.

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 more masculine hairline or more feminine appearance.

Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments for Transgender Patients

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If you are considering a transgender FUE hair transplant, we recommend trying non-surgical hair loss treatments first, as they are less invasive. The effectiveness of the medical, non-surgical hair loss treatments varies for each patient but, based on the current stage of your hair loss and your goals, Dr Bonaros can advise you on the best treatment option.

Finasteride, for example, works by directly blocking the enzymes that convert testosterone into DHT, thereby halting the balding process. 

Minoxidil, on the other hand, is a stimulant treatment that prolongs the anagen phase of the hair follicle and transforms miniaturised follicles into terminal hairs. 

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. However, 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.

Are you busy undergoing a FtM transition or wanting to know more about a hair transplant for MtF patients? Contact our clinic on 0141 340 9098 to book an appointment with Dr Bonaros and give yourself the natural appearance you’ve always longed for.

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 natural-looking hair and hairlines via full hair transplantation or receding hairline transformation surgery.

Feminine hairlines are generally positioned further down the forehead when compared to masculine hairlines. Male and 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, if there is a present or anticipating stage of baldness, the graft availability or amount of permanent hair on the donor area, and, of course, the patient’s preference.

widows peak in men and women with natural, mature and receding hairlines

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. But while this is an ideal solution to reshape hairlines or combat transgender hair loss at the transplant site, it will not stop future hair loss.

How long is the healing process for FtM & 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 and you will be able to return to work the next day should you wish. Most people, however, tend 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. Six months after your procedure, your transplanted hair will have blended in seamlessly with your original hair and will now be able to be cut and styled 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 our 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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How We Can Help With Your Transition

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 discreet, free consultation.