Our experience has led us to the conclusion that transforming the male hairline into a female shape, which is oval and lacks recession at the temples, cannot be achieved with only conventional surgical techniques, but rather by employing a combination of hairline lowering surgery and hair transplant techniques that ensure a much more natural result in accordance with the patient’s expectations.
For this reason, FACIALTEAM has begun to collaborate with expert hair transplant surgeons in Europe, specialists in FUS (Follicular Unit Strip) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) so that we offer our patients the very best options for their particular situation.
WHAT ARE FUS & FUE?
There are two options for hair transplants, both obtaining similar results. Please note that this surgery is performed in different cities and you may choose which is most convenient demographically.
We take advantage of a hair strip removed in the same coronal incision made for the forehead surgery. The follicular units are separated and then grafted in the target areas.
Removal of random follicular units directly from the scalp and transplanted into the target areas.
SURGICAL HAIRLINE LOWERING
Recommended only for patients with round hairline pattern (without any or with only mild recession at the temples) and a significant and disproportional higher implantation of the hairline towards the center
A patient is only a good candidate for surgical hairline lowering in specific cases:
- An excessively high forehead (average from the nasal root to the beginning of the hairline) above the normal range for females.
- An excessively steep forehead angle. Patients with round hairline pattern (without any or with only mild recession at the temples)
- Adequate hair density to guarantee that the scar is completely hidden in the hairline
In these cases –and depending on each patient– it can be possible to lower the hairline up to 2.2 cm. Furthermore, although the hairline shape is maintained with this procedure, recession at the temples can be considerably improved.
Another important aspect of surgical hairline lowering is that it is possible to carry out delayed hair transplants (a minimum of six months post-surgery) to improve the hairline density, cover any points of recession, leave the hairline with an oval or rounded shape and hide any visible scars.
REDEFINITION OF THE HAIRLINE BY HAIR TRANSPLANT
On most occasions, the hairline can be improved and transformed using follicular transplants and with no need for surgery.
Generally speaking, the female hairline has an oval shape with none of the hairline recession at the temples found in the male hairline, which usually has an M-shape, due to these recessions.
If a patient’s hairline follows a male M-shape pattern and the patient is not a good candidate for surgical hairline lowering, the problem can be corrected with micro-follicular transplantation.
At this time, FACIALTEAM offers two excellent alternatives
to transform the hairline into a female pattern:
1. FOREHEAD RECONSTRUCTION + IMMEDIATE HAIR TRANSPLANT (IHT)
With this alternative, patients can undergo transplantation to modify the hairline at the same time as their forehead reconstruction. In this case, the FUS technique is used. The follicular strip is obtained taking advantage of the approach to the forehead region (modified coronal approach). The transplant is done at the exact moment that the facial feminization surgery is finished. The patient is put under sedation during the transplant time to avoid an excessive number of hours under general anaesthesia. The approach to reach the forehead region is done using a very meticulous suture, so that the hair itself can grow in the scar, hiding it over time. For more in details, read Reconstruction with Immediate Hair Transplant (IHT).
2. FOREHEAD RECONSTRUCTION + DELAYED HAIR TRANSPLANT
This alternative makes possible to redefine the hairline shape after the forehead surgery has been completed. We recommend a minimum six-month wait after the forehead surgery. In this case, the hair transplant technique can be either FUS or FUE. It can be carried out on patients using either a coronal approach (hidden in the scalp) or through the hairline in patients undergoing surgical hairline lowering.