Transgender people tend to have a lot of possible questions, worries, and concerns before, during, and after their transition. Of primary concern to both trans men and trans women is finally having the body and looks that match the way they’ve always felt on the inside, but of course, this means different things for FTM patients than it does for MTF individuals. During the FTM transition, the main goal is masculinization, which can mean many different things depending on the person’s body, overall appearance, and specific desires or needs.
There is no doubt that cultural norms have developed in a way that people tend to associate having a hairier face and body with masculinity and manliness. In this sense, it is important that your body and face eventually end up looking as one may expect a man to look, which is why so many FTM patients opt for various masculinization procedures in addition to gender reassignment surgery and breast reduction. Among these other masculinization techniques, body and facial hair transplants can have a huge effect by potentially adding that finishing touch that finally makes your body fully resemble the man you’ve always known you were inside.
Not every man in the world has a hairy chest, and thankfully, not every guy has a hairy back either. Of course, this fact doesn’t matter one bit since what is important is how you want to look and feel. Moreover, almost every man has at least some small amount of hair on their chest and stomachs, and many FTM patients feel like they’ll stand out from other men if their chest and belly remain almost entirely hairless like most women’s.
In this situation, a body hair transplant is a fairly simple procedure that will allow you to start hair on your chest or elsewhere on your body within a few short months. Typically, this type of FTM body hair transplant takes advantage of the hair on your scalp and transplants it to other parts of the body. This is in direct contrast with the type of body hair transplants used to combat baldness, which involves taking hair from the chest, pelvic region, or other parts of the body and transplanting them onto the head.
During this type of body hair transplant, the surgeon will start by numbing both the donor area and transplant areas with a general anesthetic. In most cases, a local anesthetic is used. However, patients having hairs transplanted over a larger area of their chest may opt to be put completely under with a general anesthetic since applying local anesthetic across the entire chest can sometimes be quite painful or cause lots of discomfort.
Individual hair follicles are then removed from the donor area—usually, the back of the scalp—and then these hairs are individually transplanted on the chest, stomach, and other desired areas. The entire process can take anywhere from three to eight hours, and in most cases, the patient may need to wait an additional day before being allowed to go home. Following the surgery, the transplanted hairs will begin falling out within a few weeks, and you can usually expect to see new growth in the transplanted area sometime around three to four months after the procedure.
Many FTM patients will possibly have undergone electrolysis or laser hair removal before their transition, in which case they may be unable to grow hair on their arms, legs, armpits, or pelvic region. If this is something you’re concerned about, you’ll be happy to know that body hair transplants can also be successfully used to overcome this issue. Of course, you will ultimately be limited by the total number of donor hairs you have available on your head and elsewhere on your body, which means it probably won’t be possible to suddenly make you extremely hairy from head to toe even if you somehow wanted to.
Being a man and feeling like one is about much more than just having a hairy chest and a beard. Of course, this is probably something that FTM patients understand better than most people considering they’ve been living for years with the feeling that they are a man, but without the body that goes with it. In this sense, it is obvious that what’s on the outside counts equally as much, if not more, than what’s on the inside when it comes to being a man, living like one and being perceived and accepted as one.
This is precisely why so many FTM patients eventually choose to undergo a facial hair transplant. It is even common among people who never have plans to sport a beard, mustache, or other facial hairstyles. It’s a simple fact that having facial hair will make you feel more masculine and also make it more likely that others will perceive you in the same way. After all, pretty much every single man can grow at least some small amount of facial stubble after a certain age, which means that not having any facial hair or never needing to shave is more likely to mark you out as trans in situations where you may not want people to know.
In basic terms, a beard transplant works mostly the same as any other type of hair transplant. Nonetheless, it is only through advances in surgical techniques like Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) that cosmetic surgeons are now able to take hair from the back of your head and transplant it in such a way that it leads to a thick, full, natural-looking beard. It also helps that the transplanted hairs begin to act just as other hairs in that area would when they begin to regrow. This means that those hairs from the back of your head will soon grow to resemble thicker facial hairs, just as they also quickly transition into thicker, shorter hairs when transplanted onto your chest, stomach, or elsewhere on the body.
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