These days, 6 out of 10 women would describe their ideal man with full beards, even if they would end up with one without a strand! There is just something about that facial hair. Some men who are blessed with this facial hair also tend to look down on those who can not grow any. When they realize it is not your choice to not keep beards, they look down on you as inferior or not manly enough.
These are reasons men tend to get beard transplants. Maybe not all men who get beard transplants do so because of pressure, but trust me when I say the majority of them do. Do all of these seem familiar? Then, let’s get right into beard transplant as a case study.
This article would expose you to what a beard transplant is, if a beard transplant hurt, how much a beard transplant cost, the feasibility of getting a beard transplant, the pros and cons of getting a beard transplant, is it worth it? the success rate as well as the side effects of getting a beard transplant.
Why is it so important to grow a beard?
Right from time, men were known to keep their beards. In prehistoric times, scientists believe that men who keep their beards do so for three main reasons.
The first reason is warmth. Because the mouth and lips area is a delicate part of the face, men grow their beards for warmth, and as a natural shield from the elements.
The next reason that made prehistoric men grow beards was for protection. Imagine throwing punches on a face full of beards, not so much effect right? Exactly! They kept their beards for protection when engaging in fistfights. Even if the punches have so much weight, the effect would be minimal as they would not land on the bare face.
The third reason is prehistoric men wore their beards as a sign of intimidation. Petty, right? but it’s true, and surprisingly this reason still stands among men today. They believe the beard gives them a more manly look that speaks honour. Back then, any man who has beards and commits a great offence, his beards would be cut off as he is not worthy of keeping one.
Even though keeping beards has evolved so much in history. There had been less hair, about some time, just a moustache. But today, men are bringing back beards in all glory. Even those who can not naturally grow any are looking for how to. Was that a low blow? Oops! The good news is that either you were born without the genes for growing beards, or for some other reason you can’t seem to grow one, there is a perfect solution.
What is a beard transplant?
A beard transplant is simply taking hair from one part of the body to your jawline and to the areas you want it to grow in, and this is done in a way that helps you start the journey of growing your beards. These hairs are taken primarily from your scalp, an area around the back of your head where the hair is thickest and looks naturally like the one supposed to be on your face.
The procedure of beard transplant
There are two main approaches surgeons take to perform beard transplants.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
This is a beard transplant procedure that is known to be less invasive. They manually take hair from the scalp individually and put it where it is most needed. This method is also known as a follicular transfer. Individual hair follicles are removed from the scalp. The steps involved include;
- The donor area(where hair is being removed) and the recipient area are cut to make the hair removal and insertion easier to handle.
- Tiny holes are drilled individually on the spot(in this case, jawline) where the hair transplant is taking place.
- The hairs are then removed with the follicles still intact from the scalp and then implanted in the holes that have been drilled in the recipient area.
Follicular Unit Transplantation(FUT)
This is the second most common way of getting a beard transplant done. It is a bit more complex than the Follicular Unit Extraction, and it also produces a fuller beard if successfully done. While FUE removes hair with follicles completely one at a time, FUT requires cutting a small strip of tissue from the scalp and then removing the hair follicles from that tissue. It is simply called ‘strip harvesting and dissection’. The steps involved include
- Like Follicular Unit Extraction, hair on the donor and recipient area is shaved.
- Holes are then drilled into the recipient area where the transplant is taking place.
- Strip harvesting takes place. This is simply a situation where a small strip of hair-covered tissue is cut from the scalp and to another part of the body, with the hair follicle still intact.
- They then seal the wound created by the strip harvesting.
- The harvested strip of tissue is directed into smaller sections under the aid of a microscope.
- Then, sections of one to four hair follicles are grafted into the recipient area (face).
Sometimes, these two procedures are combined to get the best results. However, it should be noted that the hair used for beard transplant is gotten from your naturally growing hair.
Who is a beard transplant candidate?
You may want to get a beard transplant if;
- If you have thin beards you are not satisfied with
- If you have sideburns that made the area bald
- If accident, acne, or burns have disrupted your beard growth
- If you have a piercing in your beard area and it’s slowing down your beard growth
However, It is okay to decide to get a beard transplant for any reason best known to you, even if it is just to follow the trend. I mean, why not if you can!
Are Beard Transplants Successful?
A beard transplant success rate is pegged at 90%. A well-renowned dermatologist explains the procedure as often successful, as he has done more than 500 beard transplants successfully. Research also confirms that beard transplant failure is rare when you employ the service of a well-seasoned surgeon who is an expert in hair transplant or restoration.
A surgeon who knows his onions would examine your scalp condition to know whether the donor area is fit to supply the recipient area or not. This is because the only thing that can go wrong with a beard transplant is if the hair harvesting procedure from the scalp is not properly done.
What does a successful beard transplant look like?
To know if your beard transplant is successful, whether FUE or FUT procedure, your transplanted follicles would fall out in a few weeks, thereby giving room to your hairs which should be looking natural, settling into place, and growing properly after two or three months. By the 8th or 9th month, you should be stroking your fully grown healthy beards as if you’ve had it since your first step into puberty. Cool, right?
Beard Transplant Before and After
See below some before and after of Beard Transplants
Is beard transplant permanent?
The answer to this is a big yes! It is not like waxing where you have to keep it as a routine to maintain it. Once you have a successful beard transplant, hold your head up high and walk like the honourable bearded man that you are!
The most important thing is to get a well-seasoned surgeon that can do the job. Then, sit back and stroke your beards when you think!
Does beard transplant look natural?
When you get a transplanted beard, it is as natural as a beard that grows on its own. It can be shaved, cut, or dyed. As long as your surgeon has done a good job taking the hair from where it best fits, which is often on the rear end scalp, you are good to go to flaunt your implant as natural anytime anywhere.
Is a beard transplant worth it?
If you are asking me if having a full beard that speaks honour, masculinity, and class is worth it, then I would roar yes!
If for any reason, whether genetic or any other condition, you can’t grow a beard, and you see a 90% chance of doing so, then why not?
It is okay to want to keep a clean shave, but are you sure you would be able to stand the temptation when you see other men stroke their beards and you only have scanty patches right there, right?
Or do you want me to add the fact that beards make you more attractive to women when they see that healthy, shiny thing on your face? Oh! That should be it!
Are beard transplants risky?
Show me one thing that is not risky, man! Walking from your bathroom to the door is risky too. However, a beard transplant is generally not a dangerous procedure. Even with the evolution of cosmetic techniques, the whole process keeps getting better and less painful day by day.
You should follow some instructions;
- Take your prescribed medications regularly as instructed.
- Avoid shaving the implanted area for 1-2months
- Avoid strenuous exercises
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Avoid sauna baths or swimming
- Avoid smoking or alcohol consumption during the recovery period
- Eat a balanced diet and take vitamin C to aid a quicker recovery.
- Avoid touching, rubbing or direct contact to evade infection on harvested or implemented areas.
Still, like every other thing in life, it has some side effects.
How to choose the best surgeon for beard transplant
Your choice of surgeon is one of the most important things that can make or mar your beard transplant. You should be careful about the surgeon you want to fix an appointment with. Be sure about their certification, and also reviews of their past jobs.
Sometimes a surgeon can create more problems than the process itself.
How Much Does a Beard Transplant Cost?
It all depends on where you’d like to have your beard transplanted. A fair price is between $2000 and $7000 but again, it depends on the Clinic you choose, the City and the Surgeon.
Side Effects of beard transplants
It is quite ironic for you to be shedding hair when what you want is to grow hairs, right? Not to worry, This is quite a normal step towards getting your full healthy beard. The follicles inserted are to come off naturally before the real beards start popping out. So, nothing to worry about.
The implanted area tends to swell after the implant has just been carried out. This is quite normal as it is a strange thing to that area so it is only reacting.
Quite normal for the healing process after getting a beard transplant
You may not feel anything on the harvested area after a few days of getting a beard transplant, it is only normal and should go away in a matter of time.
This happens in the harvested area and should be taken care of properly to avoid infection.
Scarring in the donor area
There would be scars on the harvested part where hair has been taken because they were punctured and something was removed from there, so there would be a vast space. Both FUE and FUT procedures leave a scar but FUE lessens the risks of getting scars, and if there are, they won’t be easily noticeable like that of FUT.
- Heaviness or tightness
- Rough crusts /Scabs
Quite a number of these side effects are common to the healing process of a beard transplant. If they persist after two weeks, you should visit your surgeon for a proper check.
A beard transplant is not anything new, and neither is it dangerous. It is a way to create a chance for your beard where there seems not to be any. It may look expensive, but the long-lasting effect is worth it.
Depending on the procedure you decide to take, be ready to take a scar no matter how small it is. Whichever one you choose, make sure to do it with a well-seasoned doctor, ask questions, and heed the advice given to you to speed up the healing process of the beard transplant.