What does it mean to transition? It is a journey that often seems to have a hazy “starting point” and an end point that can feel like a moving target. Familiarizing yourself with your options is a good way to make the process feel less daunting.
Transitioning often entails significant changes in many different areas of one’s life – social, medical and legal. In the physical sense, however, the process reaches its zenith with transgender hair restoration. Correcting the hairline is the crowning mark of either the feminization or masculinization of the individual. The hairline is the first and most striking detail others notice, so it’s important that a hair transplant surgeon of the highest level of artistry and technique design and execute that scheme.
Every transition is unique. For male-to-female (MTF) transgender patients, the central objective is often rebuilding a thinning hairline or maintaining existing hair using transgender hair transplants and non-surgical treatment options. A typical feminine hairline is lower, flatter, and rounder than a natural masculine hairline. Dr. Amir Yazdan can perform a transgender hair transplant and recreate the shape of a female hairline using the same surgical techniques and technology as any other hair restoration procedure – FUE and FUT being the most commonly employed.
For MTF transgender patients who have already suffered significant hair loss, Dr. Yazdan can fill in bald spots and create thicker hair while also producing a more feminine hairline during a comprehensive transgender hair transplant procedure. Once patients have achieved their desired look using hair transplantation surgery, Dr. Yazdan offers a variety of hair loss prevention methods designed to help his patients keep their hair for years to come.
Unfortunately, patients who receive hair transplants are not immune to future hair loss and MTF transgender patients will need to utilize a multi-faceted restoration approach to ensure they maintain their fuller, thicker hair. With platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), as well as the use of prescription medications like Rogaine and Propecia, Dr. Yazdan can help his MTF transgender patients incorporate a daily routine that combats the effects of baldness for beautiful, thick, natural hair.
On the other hand, female-to-male (FTM) transgender hair restoration is usually much less involved and tend not to require hair transplantation surgery to achieve a more masculine appearance since they are not as susceptible to hair loss, although Dr. Yazdan can certainly perform the procedure as needed. Minimally invasive hair loss prevention treatments and hair loss medication are the main recommended options for FTM transgender patients who want to ensure they maintain their natural hair well into the future. For FTM transgender patients, obtaining a defined and full beard is often the main focus of their treatment.
We offer facial hair transplants to help our patients supplement the results of their hormone therapy by thickening mustaches, filling in beards and improving sideburns. During facial hair transplant surgery, Dr. Yazdan uses the FUE approach to only remove as many follicular units as are necessary to achieve the patient’s desired look. Dr. Yazdan chooses the source of the grafts with precision to ensure they can accurately replicate and match the look of the existing facial hair growth for truly seamless results. Another warning to the consumer-patient, a great amount of technical and artistic skill is needed during facial hair transplants to accurately sculpt a realistic beard, so choosing a highly qualified specialist is imperative.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.