Hair transplants, due to personalities like Wayne Rooney, are historically thought to solely be for these affected by male sample baldness, to construct upon a receding hairline or enhance the indicators of thinning.
However hair transplants are usually not only for cisgender women and men – and the process isn’t merely for beauty anti-ageing causes.
It will also be used to reshape or restore a hairline to make it look extra naturally female or masculine, serving to to change the gender-specific look of people throughout gender reassignment.
This will scale back gender dysphoria associated to hairlines and excessive foreheads, and instill confidence in somebody to allow them to current themselves in a means that appears like them.
We spoke to Nadeem Uddin Khan, CEO of Harley Street Hair Clinic, about what to anticipate in case you are contemplating a hair transplant as a part of your gender reassignment surgical procedure.
It’s vital to recognise that whereas transitioning seems to be totally different for every particular person, and the way each individual identifies is totally different, for the aim of this dialog we shall be speaking in broad phrases about female-to-male and male-to-female transitions.
Nadeem explains that when transitioning from female-to-male (FTM), your male hormones can alter your look, together with adjustments to your hair.
He tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Ultimately, this will result in experiencing male sample baldness which happens when the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) attaches itself to the hair follicles. Over time, this alters the hair development cycle which may result in shedding and lack of hair regrowth.
‘Sadly, you can’t reverse any indicators of male sample baldness that will have occurred, nevertheless, a follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant can be utilized to provide the looks of a full head of natural-looking hair for FTM transgender sufferers.
‘As a part of the transition, eyebrow and beard hair can even develop and alter, however for some, the hair can develop patchy or not as full as they want. Beard and eyebrow transplants will also be used throughout a female-to-male transition to create a extra desired look.’
DHT additionally impacts male-to-female transitions, with the change in somebody’s oestrogen ranges lowering the potential for male sample baldness.
‘Nevertheless,’ Nadeem says, ‘those that have skilled some balding earlier than transitioning could possibly be left with thinning areas on the scalp or a hairline that has some resemblance to that of a receding male.’
He provides: ‘On this case, attaining a extra female hairline may be tough as girls usually have softer and decrease hairlines, so it’s vital that the surgeon performing the transplant understands the private circumstance.’
In keeping with Nadeem, it’s ‘frequent for males who’ve skilled balding to have a slight “m” formed hairline,’ which he would rework into ‘a extra female curved hairline throughout an MTF hair transplant.’
‘As soon as the hair is transplanted it’s going to start to develop, identical to your regular hair,’ he continues. ‘After 6-12 months, the specified female hair regrowth begins to happen.’
Getting the hair you need
Nadeem stresses the significance of doing all of your analysis, talking to trusted specialists about attaining the hair you need.
He says: ‘We advocate reserving an preliminary session the place a hair loss specialist will advise concerning the results that both gender reassignment surgical procedure or hormone remedy has in your hair, and advocate the very best plan of action for you personally.
Transgender activist and creator Charlie Craggs, now 28, has wished to be a lady for so long as she will bear in mind.
Rising up alongside two brothers on a council property in Ladbroke Grove, Charlie, who has 46k followers on Instagram, determined to transition in her teenagers, finally spending a complete of £40,000 on gender affirming surgical procedures.
Nevertheless, she stated, out of all of them, it was a hair transplant that made the most important distinction to her confidence.
In November 2020, she had her first Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant with Harley Road Hair Clinic, which replaces misplaced or thinning hair with hair taken from wholesome and productive follicles from different components of the top and physique.
She has now had two hair transplants and is due one other on the finish of the yr – and so they’ve labored: Charlie’s hair is unbelievable.
‘Having this hair has made my life simpler and I like having it however I’m now going to have surgical procedure to alter my voice as a result of, once I communicate, folks know that I used to be born male,’ she stated.
‘This might embrace one other hormonal therapy to stop hair loss, or hair transplant surgical procedure to create a extra pure gendered look.’
Attempt to bear in mind, your gender id isn’t decided by how others understand you. If you’d like your outward presentation to match what you’re feeling inside, nevertheless, there are a selection of choices out there.
As with all medical process, fastidiously take into account whether or not a hair transplant is best for you, then observe Nadeem’s steerage to make sure you get a outcome you’re proud of.
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