You are thinking about a beard transplant, but you have a thousand doubts. Get your peace of mind, dive into our article on beard transplant. A full-on FAQ section at the end.
If we think about bearded and mustache men until a few years ago we would most likely only have come to mind geography professors and hipsters. But we know well that this is no longer the case. Nowadays, it is frequently common to see men with thick long beards and mustaches capable of taking on the most fearless shapes.
Many studies show that women find bearded men more attractive. Not only, but these same studies also have shown that even men themselves see bearded men as the most masculine.
Apparently, the beard can communicate confidence and strength.
Our love for a beard has never been stronger, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for everyone to grow it. Indeed, it is not unusual to see men unhappy with their beard, perhaps because it’s too rare, irregular, or patchy.
To give themselves the macho look they can be proud of – many men are increasingly resorting to surgery. Don’t be scared by the word surgery, this treatment isn’t as extreme as you might think. Thanks to the latest technologies and more qualified specialists, the procedure has proven to be almost painless.
Yet, as always, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, there are always pros and cons. So, if you are considering a beard transplant, here’s everything you need to know.
Beard Transplant: Step-by-Step
A Beard transplant is usually a painless procedure. But it is still a very delicate job: the doctor will have to make sure that every single transplanted hair spikes in the right direction.
Usually, the most delicate part of the procedure is the edge. The orientation of the regrowth of every single hair must be impeccable to obtain an aesthetically charming and completely natural result.
The doctor will take hairs from other parts of the body, usually, these areas can be the back of the head or the one under the chin. Once taken, the hair follicles will be placed into the areas of the face to be filled.
The follicular units will be positioned, with artistic ability, in an area of the beard to restore or improve the facial areas.
When the transplanted hairs start to grow, they will need to be trimmed frequently, this will guarantee that the bulb strengthens and grows in the new location.
On average 4,000 to 7,000 follicles are implanted, one by one. Some doctors prefer to implant two hairs per bulb to give a more natural look to the beard.
How Does A Beard Transplant Work?
Well, let’s start getting a little deeper into this article.
Beard transplants can be done with two different procedures: FUE and FUT. What’s the difference?
- FUE technique
This technique is very similar to a head hair transplant. The hair follicles are extracted individually from the donor area (nowadays the extraction is entrusted to machinery). Later, it will be placed in the recipient area, taking into account the hair growth angle already present, so that regrowth is as natural as possible, remaining balanced with the rest of the hair already present on the face.
This type of transplant has a faster recovery time than other options. Most people who had it report little or no discomfort.
- FUT technique
Instead of taking the follicles one at a time, the method takes a strip of tissue from another area. This leaves a long but very light scar.
While this technique takes a little longer (both for the operation and for recovery), it generally also results in a fuller beard because more hair is transplanted.
The timing will vary from 5 to 6 hours, depending on the technique used. Either way, the transplanted hairs will begin to fall off after about 15-30 days. Don’t panic – this is totally normal!
After about 90 days the beard will have completed its settling period and the follicles will have settled into their new home. Nine months later you’ll be able to grow a nice full beard.
In many cases, the hair used for beard transplants comes from the back of the scalp. However, the doctor will only take one of every five hairs, so there won’t be any visible bald spots.
Which Clinic To Choose
The choice of the clinic is fundamental. Here are some key points to keep in mind when choosing a beard transplant clinic:
- Training – Experience – Specialization
FUE technique takes time and regular practice to master. Learn about the doctor. Read his Cv – you can usually find it in the site bio – all the best are not afraid to share it online.
Choose someone specialized in transplants, they will have much more experience and skill than a general doctor.
It almost seems unnecessary to say, right? Well actually it isn’t! Just google ‘beard transplants gone wrong’ to see how many people have put themselves in the wrong hands. When choosing a clinic, you are also choosing a doctor.
- Ask for references
Look for online reviews from past patients. Some clinics may offer you their reviews, but be careful to trust them, many clinics influence patients to provide good references. Online patient reviews are usually the most honest.
- Look at the Before and After pics
Most clinics have a photo gallery of before and after surgery. Good clinics use high-resolution photography, bright lighting, and no photoshop. If the photos are blurry or dark it means they have something to hide.
- Extra Treatments
Usually, when you go to a good clinic, they will offer extra treatments to increase your results. One of the most commonly used is PRP treatment or injections of platelet-rich plasma (the blood in question will be of the patient).
This treatment stimulates recovery and quickly activates the transplanted follicles to grow faster and thicker.
Make sure the clinic offers advice to rule out underlying conditions that may be affecting beard growth. They should also check the density of your hair so that they can estimate the number of donor follicles you have available and the number of transplants you will need.
The best clinics know that not everyone is a good candidate for a beard transplant. Be careful if they push you to make a quick decision, especially if in exchange for a discount.
If doing all this research seems daunting, think about how bad it could be to show a gone wrong transplant on your face!
Well, as with most surgeries, there are also risks and side effects. Occasionally, the follicles may become infected and inflamed, which would lead to bleeding of the area.
There is also the possibility of scars in the area where the follicle was taken, but it is also true that over time these will be covered by the hair. In addition, slight bruising, swelling, sensitivity in the picking areas, ingrown hairs, and redness may occur.
Small scabs will appear around the transplanted hair, don’t worry, this is completely normal. Unless the presence of these scabs goes beyond the week. In that case, it is best to contact the clinic.
Many doctors advise not to wash your face until the scabs have fallen off.
Keep in mind that not everyone is an ideal candidate for a beard transplant. It could depend on several factors such as having a healthy scalp and having no family history of baldness.
Unfortunately for those with dark skin, a beard transplant is not recommended. The danger is that the surgery can cause tiny spots of scars similar to hypopigmentation (i.e. skin discoloration). Since these visible scars are lighter than the surrounding skin tone, they stand out on brown or black skin tones. Imagine the embarrassment of having millions of white dots on your head.
In very rare cases, the first beard transplant will fail and a second transplant may be required.
Beard Transplant FAQs
Beard transplants with the FUE technique are performed under local anesthesia, so immediately after the surgery, you will be ready to carry out your daily activities. However, the skin will need time to heal properly, which could range from 5 to 7 days. In most cases, it will be possible to shave within a week to 10 days after the transplant.
It is recommended, for at least 3 days after the operation, not to eat any solid food, chewing could damage the stability of the implanted hair, especially around the jaw area.
If the transplant is successful (keep in mind that rejection cases are rare but existent), you will have a permanent result. You will be able to see the difference as soon as the doctor has finished implanting the hair follicles. However, the results will improve over time.
Generally, by the seventh month, it will be possible to see the work in its totality. The newly implanted hair will start and continue to grow just like the rest of the body hair does.
If the beard transplant was done correctly, you will not be able to notice between natural and transplanted hair.
Side effects after a beard transplant can be very mild if you follow the doctor’s directions correctly. However, as it is a surgical procedure, it is normal for the treated area to be red and swollen.
Another side effect seen as a normal part of the process is the loss of implanted hair. There is no need to worry, it is completely normal. The hairs will grow back within 2-3 months.
After the first week, you will notice the gradual fall of the implanted hairs. Then, between the second and third months, hair will begin to grow inside the implanted follicle.
Between the fourth and fifth the results will be more evident. While the final and permanent results will be visible between the seventh and eighth months.
If the beard area is hairless, 4,500-5,000 unions will need to be implanted. If only a hair intensification is required, 3,000-3,500 will be enough.
On the other hand, if the transplant is aimed at filling the empty spaces of the beard, between 1,000-2,000 will be sufficient.
Due to the nature of the facial skin, which is more elastic than the skin of the scalp, the follicles are added slowly, for maximum control.
So the average duration varies from 3 to 4 hours minimum, naturally depends on the size of the area and the density of the beard you’d like to have. Some surgeries can last up to 8/9 hours.
The cost differs according to the clinic and the country where it is located. A beard transplant in Turkey starts at $2,000, just for a beard implant. In case of extra services such as accommodation and transport, the cost will go up.
Our Bottom Line
In any case, when it comes to deciding whether to get surgery, you need to have a clear idea of why you want to do it. If on balance, you feel comfortable with the potential side effects and the result will make you feel more happy and confident, then it’s worth considering the transplant option.
The truth is that, when done correctly, beard transplant creates incredible and extremely natural results.
That said, as we mentioned in the paragraph about finding the right clinic, you need to do great research before taking the plunge.
We recommend meeting several doctors to see which one you bond with that can understand your needs. And don’t be afraid to ask for references from previous patients – a good doctor will always be happy to share them with you!