Who is a good candidate for MTF Transgender Hair Transplant?
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Experiencing male pattern baldness or hair loss is distressing for men. However, for transgender women, hair loss can become even more stressful and dysphoric. When women lose hair due to genetics or hormones, it typically falls out in a Christmas tree pattern at the top of the scalp. Therefore, the pattern of loss not only indicates a gender they feel dysphoria around, but it also can take away from a feminine look. Hair transplant surgery is one solution. Dr. Javad Sajan at Allure Esthetic offers the best MTF hair transplant Seattle provides.
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Transgender women can often grow long hair—if desired—without issue. However, if they experienced or are experiencing hair loss due to genetic hair loss associated with people assigned male at birth, restoring a feminine hairline can rarely happen without intervention such as hair transplant surgery. The best transgender hair transplant in the United States is by Dr. Javad Sajan.
What Is Transgender Hair Transplant Surgery?
A male to female hair transplant is a procedure that takes hair from the back and sides of the head and transfers it to the hairline. The goal—beyond restoring hair—is to create a rounder, female hairline. Transgender women sometimes experience male pattern baldness before or during their transition. Therefore, their hair may take on the characteristic M-shape seen with this type of hair loss.
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure, but it does not require sedation. Patients can remain awake and comfortable throughout the entire process. There are also no traditional incisions with modern methods.
Hair Restoration & An MTF Transition
Male and female hairlines differ, especially as people age. In general, a female hairline is lower and rounder than a male hairline. Over time, both men and women will likely experience some type of hair loss. Men tend to lose hair along the hairline and the top of the head. Women will see the majority of hair loss along the temples and top hair part. Additionally, both experience all around thinning, but it is usually less noticeable in women.
Thus, trans women often want their hair to better reflect their gender. This may include restoring or lowering the hairline and working to address smaller areas of thinning. Transgender hair restoration in Seattle, USA can include several different procedures depending on the patient’s goals and present anatomy.
Transgender hair transplant surgery in Seattle, United States offers patients many benefits. Some of the possible benefits and advantages may include:
Correct a receding hairline
Create a rounder hairline
Lower the hairline using transplants with or without surgical hairline lowering
Improve hair density
Long lasting and potentially permanent
Maintain natural looking results
Complement other gender affirming procedures
Uses patient’s own hair
Almost no chance of visible scars
No general anesthesia required
Help reduce gender dysphoria
Low maintenance once healed
Little to no pain
Safe and effective procedure
Patients can continue other hair restoration methods after surgery
Performed by a plastic surgeon who specializes in gender affirming procedures in USA
The MTF Hair Transplant Surgery Process USA
USA based Dr. Javad Sajan performs transgender hair transplants using the follicular unit extraction, or FUE, method. This uses a punch tool to harvest between one and three hairs in a unit called a graft. Dr. Sajan takes the grafts and transplants them into the hair follicles along the hairline and areas of loss.
Due to the small scale on which the hairs are harvested, this entire process can take as long as eight hours. However, since patients are awake, this allows for a longer procedure safely. While MTF transgender hair transplant surgery can help restore the patient’s original hairline, lowering the hairline further may require further surgery.
Can Hormones Alone Reverse Previous Hair Loss?
When MTF transgender patients begin estrogen hormone therapy, their bodies will undergo several changes. One involves slowing the progression of and potentially even changing the pattern of hair loss. However, some patients may have experienced a receding hairline before going on hormones. Unfortunately, MTF hormone therapy does not significantly stimulate new hair growth in areas of loss.
Though, slowing progression is a major step toward obtaining the desired hairline. With that said, transgender women are under no obligation to undergo hormone therapy before their procedure or after. Patients will usually see better and longer lasting results on hormones, but it is not a prerequisite.
Do I Need To Shave My Head Before Transgender Hair Transplant Surgery?
No, the FUE method is known as a “no shave” hair restoration. This is ideal for transgender women who do not wear wigs daily or would face worsened gender dysphoria from shaving their heads. In rare cases, a small portion of hair may need to be shaved, but this is usually easily hidden.
When Can I Expect Results?
Immediately after the MTF hair transplant, patients may see the transplanted hair fall out. This can be alarming but is completely normal. This is known as shock hair loss and is simply the way the hairs respond to the transplant. The root of the hairs should remain in the follicles and slowly begin to produce hair over the next six months.
Usually, patients begin to see visible results around month three. However, this will vary for each patient. Upon consultation, Dr. Sajan can provide a better idea of the results a patient can expect based on their procedure, anatomy, and goals.
Can Hair Loss Still Occur After Hair Transplant Surgery?
Yes, the transplanted hair will act like all other hair. While these transplanted hairs are hormone resistant, they are still susceptible to aging and other factors that can cause hair loss. Sometimes the hair loss is temporary and others permanent. Regardless, following an MTF hair transplant surgery, long lasting results are expected and many patients will see lifelong results.
Is It Possible To Perform A Transgender Hair Transplant At The Same Time As FFS?
Yes, Dr. Sajan is one of the only surgeons in the United States that performs facial feminization and transgender hair transplant as one procedure. Patients are placed under general anesthesia for FFS and then woken up and will remain awake for the hair transplant portion.
Having FFS and hair transplant surgery performed at the same time helps improve results and avoid additional surgical sessions. Not all patients will qualify for this type of facial feminization.
The Best MTF Hair Transplant By Dr. Javad Sajan
Dr. Javad Sajan is a Seattle-based plastic surgeon who specializes in gender affirming procedures. As one of the few fellowship trained facial feminization. surgeons in the United States, he provides skillful and precise FFS results. Additionally, he uses artistic concepts and aesthetic knowledge to maintain the patient’s unique features and facial symmetry. Dr. Sajan provides the best MTF hair transplant available.
Allure Esthetic—Dr. Sajan’s plastic surgery practice—serves as a safe space for people of all gender identities. The staff is trained to always use and respect preferred pronouns and names. Allure Esthetic understands that the choice to undergo gender affirming surgery is not one the patient made lightly. Therefore, the Allure Esthetic team goes above and beyond for transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming patients.
To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-209-0988. Patients can also reach out online via chat or contact form.