Transgender Hair Transplants

transgender hair transplant

As a FTM or MTF patient you may consider a transgender hair transplant. With an increasing number of people identifying themselves as transgender, part of undergoing a transition may require treatment for readjusting a hair line. At The Treatment Rooms, one of London’s premier clinics for hair transplantation, our Surgeons are happy to guide you through your journey.

Do you need a Transgender Hair Transplant?

We often see 2 main problems depending on if you are transitioning from male to female or female to male.

  1. Hair loss or thinning (when transitioning from Female to Male, FTM)
  2. An undesirable hair line (when transitioning from Male to Female, MTF)

Hair Loss or Thinning (FTM)

If you are undergoing FTM transition, your male hormones change your appearance- including your hair. Your scalp may start to undergo a degree of male pattern baldness. This occurs when dihydrotestosterone (DHT) acts at the base of your hair follicles. The effect causes them to become weaker and eventually fall out.

To treat this, often a DHT-blocker like finasteride can be used. It helps to “freeze-frame” your existing hair pattern and prevent any further hair loss. If you are a male patient having completed your transition you may then decide to undergo a hair transplant. The procedure can help to reverse any signs of male balding pattern that may have occurred during your change.

As part of the transition from FTM, beard and eyebrow hair will grow and also change. A hair transplant can also help to create desirable  beard hair and eyebrows following a completed transition.

An Undesirable Hair Line

Interestingly, by starting your transition from a male to a female you actually help to treat the signs of male pattern hair loss. This occurs as the levels of oestrogen rise  and counteract the effect of DHT on hair. However, if you already have some balding as a male before undergoing an MTF transition, then you may be stuck with a hairline that reminds you of a receding male. Once you have completed your transition, you may want to correct your hair to a more feminine hairline. This is done by converting an “M” like hair line seen in a male to a curved hair line seen in a youthful female.

male to female hairline transgender hair transplant

With patients who have an “M” shaped hairline, a hair transplant is the best way to achieve a feminine curved hairline. Previously, having a scalp lowering procedure would simply readjust where the hairline would be. This would be a problem as it would not correct the original hairline shape. Also, a scalp lowering procedure will not help you if you already have a degree of hair loss at the front as an “M” shaped hairline for a female does not look natural. Filling in the areas of loss to create a youthful curved female hair line is a procedure we can perform at The Treatment Rooms in London.

References

  1. Scalp hair regrowth in a hormone treated transgender woman
  2. Understanding and addressing hair disorders in transgender individuals
  3. London’s Hair Transplant Clinic for the LGBT community
  4. https://gic.nhs.uk/
  5. https://www.ons.gov.uk/methodology/classificationsandstandards/measuringequality/genderidentity/genderidentityupdate

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NHS Hair Transplants

NHS Hair Transplants

NHS hair transplants were funded by NICE many years ago but now they are unfortunately not. The NHS may in exceptional cases fund some transplants for example if a patient has been affected by burns. So what are your options when it comes to tackling hair loss and looking for a hair transplant?

Looking to have a hair transplant is a tricky process, after all it is surgery and you need to make a careful, informed decision. Looking for the right hair transplant clinic is one of the points we address in this short blog. Before deciding to have a hair transplant, it is important to find out why you are losing hair.

Speak with a hair loss specialist or your GP

One of your first port of calls would be to get in contact either with a hair loss doctor (click here for The Treatment Rooms’ Doctors), a trichologist or your GP. Hair loss can be sudden or take a long time to occur and finding the cause will determine the treatment you have. Your doctor should be able to carry out simple tests before advising you on what treatment you would benefit from. There are many causes for hair loss such as:

One of the reasons the NHS does not fund for hair transplants is that hair loss is commonly a process associated with ageing. Only in exceptional cases for example patients affected by burns would NICE consider funding a hair transplant.  This would need to go through specialised funding applications that take a long time. More than often these applications are rejected and this leaves a patient with no other option but to look for a hair transplant clinic themselves.

Can you have Transgender Hair Transplants on the NHS?

Increasingly, at The Treatment Rooms London we are seeing a number of transgender patients looking to have a more masculine or feminine hairline following their transition. As hair transplants are not funded by the NHS for gender transition patients the only option would be to look for private clinics who are able to perform the surgery.

Searching for hair transplant clinics

The NHS website recommends going through the CQC register to find a hair transplant clinic suitable for you. However, finding a clinic is actually quite simple. Finding the RIGHT clinic is difficult. As covered in our previous blog, “5 considerations before having hair transplant surgery“, you must make a fully informed decision.

A simple Google search will give you some hair transplant clinics, but take note of whether their Surgeons are regulated by the GMC and CQC. These 2 bodies help to ensure you are being treated safely by Hair Transplant Surgeons.

Hair Transplants at The Treatment Rooms London

The Treatment Rooms London is a clinic that is dedicated to advanced aesthetic procedures, particularly Hair Transplantation. It works to the stringent ethical and clinical codes of conduct outlined by the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons, CQC and GMC. If you wanted to book in for a consultation to explore your hair loss then please contact us today by clicking here.

References

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cosmetic-treatments/hair-transplant/

https://hairtransplant.cliniccompare.co.uk/hair-transplant-nhs

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hair-loss/

https://www.nice.org.uk/

https://www.cqc.org.uk/

https://www.gmc-uk.org/

 

Will The Next James Bond Have A Beard?

james bond beard

More and more gentleman are growing their facial hair. Since 2011 there has been a huge upsurge in the number of gents sporting a beard. The fashion is a sign of changing times, and with previous James Bonds having been clean shaven, can we expect the next Bond to have a Beard? With Ladbrokes now taking bets on whether the next James Bond has a beard clearly the idea is becoming popular (1).

A YouGov poll showed the number of people growing a beard has risen by 44% in the last 7 years, (2,3). Most gents are going for a beard and moustache or stubbled look. With the rise in popularity of Movember, we at The Treatment Rooms in London are enjoying seeing more people grow out their facial hair and often for a good cause (4)!

Dr Fernando, Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Treatment Rooms explained,

“There is certainly an increase in the number of gentleman, particularly in their 20s-30s who are enquiring about beard transplants. This goes hand in hand with the fashion of growing out stubble in the last 5 years”.

A James Bond Beard

Normally James Bond is associated with setting trends for suits, cars, watches, gadgets and other lifestyle choices, (5,6,7). If the next James Bond sports a beard or moustache will this then set off another craze? Interestingly, because of the stirring interest, Ladbrokes has recently set higher odds of a James Bond Beard.

The prospect of a bearded James Bond is interesting. At The Treatment Rooms in London we speculated the look that he might go for!


james bond bead types

Image adapted from YouGov Poll

For those men who want to grow and style a beard to attract the opposite sex, the same YouGov poll also showed that 3X more females were finding facial hair more attractive (from 7% to 21%) since 2011.

Can you get a beard transplant?

If you don’t have facial hair by the time you are in your mid-20s, there is a low likelihood of you being able to grow a full set of facial hair. There a few treatment options you could choose to have however the best would be a beard hair transplant.

Remember, if you are thinking about having a beard hair transplant, consider your decision carefully and make sure you ask all the necessary questions of your hair transplant surgeon. If you wanted to know more about what questions you should ask, click here to read our blog on 5 considerations you should make before you have a hair transplant (or create a James Bond Beard!)

james bond suit and beard

References

(1) https://news.ladbrokes.com/betting/james-bond-odds

(2) https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/whats-on/film-news/james-bond-beard-15477325

(3) https://yougov.co.uk/topics/health/articles-reports/2017/03/10/beards-are-growing-british-public

(4) https://uk.movember.com/

(5) http://www.007.com/

(6) https://www.theguardian.com/film/jamesbond

(7) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6441459/Richard-Madden-reveals-really-wants-brilliant-James-Bond-role.html

If you are suffering from Male Pattern Baldness or wanted to know more about hair loss treatment, please contact our Surgeons and Hair Loss Specialists by clicking here.

 

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5 Considerations Before Choosing FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

Dr Fernando Hair Restoration Surgeon British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

There has been a lot of talk recently on hair transplant surgery (1-5) , with notable figures revealing they have taken steps to preserve their hair:

At The Treatment Rooms we are seeing an increasing number of males and females asking how a hair transplant can preserve or give back a hair style they want. We wanted to share our thoughts and give you 5 considerations to think about before choosing to undergo FUE hair transplant surgery.

  1. Understand your hair loss
  2. Explore different treatments for hair loss
  3. Consider HOW a Hair Transplant would benefit you
  4. Choose your Surgeon
  5. Understand future pipelined treatments

1) Understand Your Hair Loss

Everyone’s hair loss is different. Whether you’re a male or female with a receding hairline, generalised thinning or small patches of hair loss, your hair loss is specific to you, it affects you personally- your mood, your self-esteem and your confidence. Part of suffering from hair loss is not only the physical aspect of shedding but also the impact it has on your wellbeing. Choosing how you want to address your hair loss will depend on what type of hair style you want to achieve and how much time you are willing to dedicate to treatment. More is written about this on our previous blog-  when to tackle baldness?

2) Explore Different Treatments For Hair Loss

There are so many different hair loss treatments out there. The ones that are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are Minoxidil and Finasteride (6,7,8). Some clinics may provide PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections to promote and preserve hair growth but this has not yet been clinically proven.

The novelty of undergoing advanced robotic hair restoration can be enticing but be mindful- advanced technology does not equate to better results. In Hair Transplant Surgery an important part of a procedure is the surgeon having tactile feedback from a patient’s scalp and hair follicle- this is lost when the treatment is performed by a machine.

3) Consider HOW an FUE Hair Transplant Would Benefit You

A Hair Transplant takes existing hairs at the back and the sides of the head and moves them to an area that is balding. If you have lost a substantial amount of hair, transplanting sparse hair may not give you the coverage or density you wish for. Being aware of what can be achieved and being realistic with your expectations will be a big part of your hair loss consultation. Make sure your surgeon goes through both in thorough detail!

At The Treatment Rooms London we make it clear- you have to invest care, time and effort into your hair.

Hair growth following a transplant also takes time! Do not expect a quick fix, it often takes 9-12 months to grow but can in some cases be much less.

4) Choose Your FUE Hair Transplant Surgeon

A Hair Transplant Surgeon in the UK should be practising under the licence of CQC, GMC and indemnification- if not- they are practising illegally. More regulation is expected in the UK landscape but for now all patients are reminded to check the clinic and surgeon they visit are registered.

Surgeons can also be affiliated with the BAHRS (British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery) or ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery). The Treatment Rooms’ very own Dr Fernando is a full member of BAHRS and upholds their stringent guidelines when practising hair transplant surgery.

Looking at the results a surgeon has produced, undergoing a consultation and asking them all the questions required to put your mind at ease is crucial before undergoing treatment. Bottomline- vet your surgeon!

For more information about having Hair Restoration Surgery at The Treatment Rooms click here. 

5) Understand Future Pipeline Treatments

A lot research is going into treatments for hair loss. There is a lot of talk around future stem cell treatments and skin & hair being grown in labs that can be used for hair transplant surgery. These treatments still need to undergo vigorous testing in the lab and pass clinical trials before they become widely available. So don’t wait. If you care about your hair and want to preserve it, don’t wait for a pipeline treatment, it will prolong your existing hair loss.  See a hair loss doctor and find out what treatments are available to you now.

If you would like to find out more, book a free consultation with one of our Hair Transplant Surgeons  or simply start a WhatsApp conversation by clicking the Whatsapp Icon.

References

(1) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/what-makes-a-good-candidate-for-a-hair-transplant/

(2) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/bald-ambition-had-hair-transplant-28/

(3) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/hair-transplant-treatment-best/

(4) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/hair-transplant-faq-ten-common-questions-hair-loss-procedures/

(5) https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/for-hair-loss-youth-turn-to-transplants/articleshow/64454682.cms

(6) Patient.co.uk on Finasteride 

(7) Patient.co.uk on Minoxidil (for Males) and (for Females)

(8) https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/treatment/medical-hair-loss-treatments/

 

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You snooze, you lose! When should you start your fight against male pattern baldness?

male Hair Loss clinic london

This blog explores hair loss, male pattern baldness and some simple considerations to keep your hair healthy.

We’ve all sat on a busy London tube or black cab looking at a glossy poster offering dramatic hair loss solutions or the latest in hair transplant surgery. Despite being presented with so many treatments for male pattern baldness it’s hard to know just how much hair loss is affecting you, and more importantly, when you should consider acting on it?

What is Hair Loss and what is Male Pattern Baldness?

Hair loss (also known as alopecia) simply means losing hair where it previously grew. In male pattern baldness, this happens in a certain distribution affecting mainly the temples and the crown but not the back and sides of your head (as depicted by the Norwood Scale). It’s caused by testosterone having a damaging effect on genetically exposed hair roots on your scalp. It can start in the teens and affect as much as 50% of men by the age of 50.

What is the difference between normal hair loss and advancing male pattern baldness?

Your hair roots go through cycles, part of which includes shedding of the hair itself. As part of the normal hair loss cycle, 50 to 100 hairs will fall out each day and eventually a new hair will regrow from those roots. Where hair roots are susceptible to testosterone it results in:

  • A significantly larger number of hairs being shed
  • A reduction in the speed of hair regrowth
  • Hairs that do grow- appear thin, discoloured and fragile

Do I need treatment for my hair loss?

The honest answer is – you don’t. Some people place great emphasis on hair as part of their appearance. Others simply don’t care. Hair loss is nothing new, but with a wide array of treatments out there, gone are the days where it is something you are forced to accept. If you are someone who values your hair, then think about making a long-term investment into preserving it. You should start from an early stage to use simple techniques and treatments to protect your hair.

What can I do to protect against hair loss?

Don’t forget that your hair is a living organ. It requires a good blood supply, oxygen, nutrients and vitamins for vitality. A healthy diet is therefore very important, you can even supplement your diet with B-vitamins, biotin, zinc and selenium which have been shown to improve hair growth. Simple caffeine shampoos have a potential benefit in stimulating hair follicles thus increasing their vitality. However, this should be used intermittently throughout the week as overuse may result in over stimulation of the scalp.

Avoid active damage to your hair:

  • Protect it from sun damage using a hat
  • Try not to use heavy products on your hair which are potentially toxic
  • Avoid excessive heat from hair dryers and straighteners

Lifestyle factors also play an important role in hair loss with smoking and stress being well known contributors to the balding process.

Click here for more information on male hair loss. Look out for our next blog where we explore the different medical treatments available in hair loss.

If you would like a health check for your hair or to find out more about your own hair loss, book a free consultation with The Treatment Rooms, London today.

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