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Hair Restoration for Transgender Women

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 spots on the scalp

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 spots on the scalp. As a result, 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. Be sure to find a skilled 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 extraction (FUE)/grafting and hairline lowering. 

Qualified 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 also performed using the multi-unit hair grafting™ (MUHG™) surgical procedure. However, transgender hair transplants need to have the highest level of technology since the hairline needs to fit a person’s gender and create a soft and natural appearance for patients during their transition.

There is also a procedure called 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, like any other 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), the better the results will be. All in all, the ultimate goal is to achieve the most optimal results and a hairline that feminizes the face. 

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 hair may be an ideal candidate for the procedure. First, a surgeon will examine your scalp and then talk with you about your medical history. Then, they’ll be better able to determine if you are the right candidate for this surgery.  

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. 

If this type of surgery is a good option for you, your surgeon will create a unique treatment plan that will meet your needs. 

A person’s 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 customized 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 or hairline lowering procedure. However, many patients, in general, can return to work after a few days. Ultimately, a person’s progress is unique to their situation. 

When you follow up with your surgeon, they will keep you informed about your progress and essential stages in your healing journey.

In Summary

Hair restoration surgery can be an excellent option for transgender women who want to improve the appearance of their hair. Doing so can minimize gender dysphoria and lead to a better quality of life. 

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Billie Olsen (she/they) is a lifestyle writer, disability justice advocate, and cozy femme located in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Their works have appeared in Metro News, Discorder, Sophomore Magazine, the Post-Feminist Post, DINE Magazine, and NerdReader.