Having a full beard is the dream for many men. Unfortunately, some men aren’t able to grow a thick, luscious beard due to hormone levels and genetics.
Thankfully, there are ways these men can still have their desired beards! Recently, beard transplants have become more popular amongst those seeking a fuller hardscape.
But what exactly is a beard transplant procedure? Is it safe? And what about the cost? In this article, I’ll discuss everything you need to know about the procedure and provide other options if this option isn’t right for you.
What is Beard Transplant?
Beard Transplant is a type of hair restoration procedure where individual hairs from thicker parts of the body (such as the scalp) are transplanted onto bare patches on the face. This procedure is designed to create a fuller beard and can help those struggling with baldness or patchy areas due to aging, injury, or genetics.
The setup for a beard hair transplant is fairly straightforward, with experienced surgeons using a minimally invasive technique to extract donor hair follicles from the scalp and transfer them into the desired area on your face. In most cases, local anesthetic cream is used during this procedure to minimize discomfort and aid in healing. Once transplanted, these hairs will behave in exactly the same way as naturally occurring facial hair—only they’ll be slightly denser as they don’t experience natural shedding and regrowth. On average, patients can expect results after between 8-12 months following their surgery.
When it comes to beard transplants, there are not a lot of downtimes. In fact, many people will make the whole procedure and head right back to work the same day! That being said, there is always some recovery time associated with any surgical procedure. After your procedure, you can expect anywhere between a few days to a week of downtime while your body heals and you start seeing results from the procedure.
During the healing process, you’ll want to keep stress levels low by avoiding strenuous physical activities such as weight lifting or high-intensity exercise. You’ll also want to refrain from going out in direct sunlight for longer than necessary since UV rays may cause irritation that could damage your newly implanted hair follicles. Lastly, follow-up appointments are also essential in order for your surgeon to monitor results and add more individual grafts if necessary.
Are you a good Candidate for a Beard Transplant?
Are you a good candidate for a beard transplant? It depends. Generally, anyone who has inadequate facial or chin hair growth or wants to alter the look of their existing facial hair can benefit from the procedure.
The ideal candidate is someone with healthy skin and realistic expectations about the process and its results. In some cases, this procedure may not be suitable if the patient’s facial skin is poor, or if they have large quantities of scarring due to major surgery.
In addition to physical qualifications, those considering this type of cosmetic surgery should also evaluate the financial commitment involved in undergoing this procedure before making a final decision. The cost can range significantly depending on the clinic performing the procedure, as well as other factors such as desired end results and the complexity of the surgery itself.
Beard transplants are highly effective, with over 90% of procedures yielding successful results. With this level of efficacy, facial hair transplants have become one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures.
During the procedure, follicular units are taken from areas with ample growth and re-implanted in areas without hair. Some clinics offer beard transplantation while others specialize in scalp hair transplants that can be moved to facial areas such as sideburns or even eyebrows.
The process is not only safe but generally carries no interactions with other medications and can often be completed within a single session. Additionally, patients have the option to have multiple transplant sessions for added density. Despite some reports of mild discomfort experienced during the procedure or minor swelling after, recovery times tend to be quick and complications rare.