MALE TO FEMALE (MTF) PATIENTS
A myriad of male to female transplant patients seek out hair restoration, due to the fact male and female hairlines differ vastly, and make it challenging to achieve an authentically feminine appearance. The goal of male to female hair restoration is to feminize the patient’s appearance and restore thick, healthy hair. Male to female transplant hair restoration can be done with a FUE or FUT procedure. This surgical methodology can increase hair density and reshape, then lower the hairline, offering a more feminine facial structure.
FEMALE TO MALE (FTM) TRANSPLANT
Female to male transplant patients often express concern that the hormone supplements are not producing dramatic enough results. While hormone therapy can be a fantastic option for increasing hair growth on the body for female to male transplant patients, it can also cause a noticeable loss of hair on the head. Consequently, some female to male transplant patients seek FUE or FUT hair restoration to address thinning hairlines, due to the increase in hormone production.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) involves manually extracting hair grafts from the back of the head, and then transplanting them into thinning hair regions. This ensures your results will appear completely natural, and the transplanted hair being seamlessly incorporated into your natural growth follicle pattern.
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is another popular option for transgender patients looking to increase density for thinning hair. With this procedure, a small strip of tissue is removed from the back of the head. After the individual grafts are dissected from the tissue, they are transplanted into the desired areas.
Facial hair transplants can be performed to increase density for the beard, mustache, and sideburn areas for FTM patients. Dr. Kahen takes great care to perform this procedure with artistry, allowing patients to achieve natural-looking masculinization
Well-defined eyebrows can lend a feminine appearance for MTF patients. This will create fuller, more defined eyebrows with a feminine arch. While this is a sometimes-overlooked aspect of MTF feminization, it can have a significant aesthetic impact
Cosmetic hairline feminization is frequently sought by MTF patients who would like to correct a naturally high hairline. This minimally invasive procedure involves making an incision along the patient’s hairline and then bringing the scalp forward on the forehead.
FOUR POINTS ABOUT TRANSGENDER HAIR RESTORATION
1. Feminize with Natural Hair & Skin Characteristics
Transgender hair restoration patient’s goals are unique, with the main goal being to reshape male hair loss patterns into hairlines, projecting natural, feminine aesthetics. One way to achieve a properly designed hairline is concentrating on the individual hair and skin concerns of the patients, softening and feminizing the appearance -- to frame the face in the most eye pleasing way possible.The shape of the natural hairline, color of the hair and skin color all influence the structuring of the hairline design, follow typical female templates with attention to the unique skin and hair characteristics of the patient, displaying a soft and natural look.
2. Shape the Frontal Hairline to the Individual
There are general stereotypes of female hairlines, and these must be integrated into the hairline design. As important to the general rules that must be followed, the shape of the face, forehead, and brow must be taken into consideration in order to make the hairline work for the individual. The cookie-cutter approach to hairline design often results in a feminized, but odd appearance. The secret, again, is making a unique hairline work for that unique individual. Proper facial framing with a new hairline will enhance beauty by exhibiting the existing natural features.
3. Lower the Frontal Hairline and Round the Temples
Beautiful feminine hairlines are generally lower than masculine hairlines. The use of follicular unit transplantation can predictably reverse masculine hairline features like recessed temples that do not appear soft and rounded. Often, Transgender patients seek beautiful hairlines to enhance feminization. The degree of hairline lowering is heavily dependent upon the position of the eyebrows and the shape of the forehead.
4. Add Density to Frontal and Mid-Scalp Zones to Disguise Thinning
Transgender patients can often display typical male pattern baldness in the form of thinning through the male pattern area. When this thinning is obvious, perceived attractiveness is diminished. Hair styling and surgical strategy plays a very important role for patients, desiring to feminize the frontal hairline, while adding density to thinning areas. Styling and strategy are very critical for someone with a poor donor supply and extensive hair loss, because the patient is already disadvantaged in achieving hair feminizing goals compared to those with an abundant of donor hair resources. If this patient has large scale thinning that patient will have insufficient donor resources to achieve the desired full feminization. Vast amount of donor hair will be needed to lower and feminize the hairline, adding density through the front, mid-scalp and crown. Those fortunate patients can not only produce a softer feminine appearance, but mask the thinning caused by male pattern baldness.