Transgender Hair Transplantation
Transitioning from male to female, or female to male, involves many challenges. Intermingled with a wide range of personal, professional and even legal issues is a recurring desire to achieve the right look for your new identity. Even your hair can be a big factor in attaining an acceptably feminine or masculine appearance. Fortunately, there are solutions that are straightforward and readily available.
What Are Some Common Issues?
Male-to-female transgender patients can face issues relating to male pattern baldness, including:
- A receding hairline
- Thinning hair
- Hair that is balding at the crown
In addition, female hairlines tend to be lower, softer and more rounded than those of men.
Even if they are receiving hormone therapy, female-to-male patients may want to accelerate the presence of facial hair, whether sideburns or a beard.
Why Choose Dr. Wolfeld?
Dr. Michael Wolfeld, known for his artistry and for being the among best hair transplant specialists in New York City, has a combination of skills and experience that make him uniquely qualified to help transgender patients. He is the only hair restoration specialist in the country who is board certified in both plastic surgery and hair restoration.
As an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, he has an ongoing engagement with new developments in this field. In a way that few others in his field can, Dr. Wolfeld can devise and execute a treatment plan that will help you achieve the aesthetic outcome that you desire.
I’m Transitioning from Male to Female – What Can I Do About My Hair?
Even if you have healthy hair, your hairline is different a woman’s. In years past, surgeons attempted to create a feminine shape by making an incision in the scalp and pulling the hairline down. Given the fact that hair loss becomes the rule rather than exception as men age, there’s a significant risk that the resulting scar will eventually be exposed.
It is also important to address the outer temple area of the hairline, a factor in a feminine appearance. Dr. Wolfeld has experience with both surgical and non-surgical approaches to creating a feminine hairline (and is an expert in treating hair loss).
I’m Transitioning to Male – How Can I Get a Beard?
Over time, hormone therapy may help you develop a satisfactory beard, though it’s not possible to predict exactly what kind of beard will be achieved. It’s also possible to use the same techniques that are used in scalp skin grafts to promote the growth of hair on your face. The best strategy for this will depend on the look you hope to achieve.
Frequently Asked Questions
In many cases, the same kinds of techniques are applicable for both male-to-female and female-to-male cases. Some common questions:
Is the Transplanted Hair Long-Lasting?
Hair that has been relocated from a donor site grows and flourishes as a natural hair, for the long term.
Do All the Hairs That Are Moved Survive?
When procedures are correctly performed a large percentage will survive. The percentage is based upon the technique used, and the skill of your hair transplant specialist.
Will I Have Visible Scars?
Modern hair restoration technology makes it possible to restore your hair without leaving visible scars. Talk to us about your concerns and allow Dr. Wolfeld to evaluate your hair loss. If you prefer a short haircut, you are probably a candidate for the most advanced hair restoration treatment available, the ARTAS Hair Studio.
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