Beard Hair Transplant

Beard Hair Transplant

If you are missing patches of facial hair through scars, facial surgery or for genetic reasons, a beard transplant may be the solution. Beard transplant surgery, (like eyebrow transplant surgery) is a specialist procedure and the surgeon is now able to transplant hair to a man’s face to replace patches of missing facial hair or create a full beard. It works in much the same way as a hair transplant procedure on your scalp.

Transplanting hair follicles from the scalp onto the face creates an increase in facial hair which is particularly desirably after beard hair can no longer grow due to trauma or burns; beard transplants can also be used to cover scars or simply to gain thicker, fuller facial hair.

How do Beard Transplants Work?

Beard transplant surgeries act much like typical hair transplants onto the scalp combined with the delicacy of transplanting hairs onto the eyebrows. Hairs are removed from the scalp within small follicular units comprising one or two hairs at a time; these units are then inserted into 1-2 mm long incisions along the cheek or jawbone. Just as in traditional scalp transplantation, there will be some slight scabbing for a few days and the hairs will fall out due to their roots’ trauma of being moved. Although the hairs themselves are gone, the cells and glands which support the hairs are still firmly in place so in about three months, after the hairs come out of their restive state, your beard, goatee, or moustache will begin growing like any non-transplanted facial hair. Once these hairs begin to grow, it will need to be trimmed, shaved, clipped, etc, to keep it in the style you just as though you never had the transplant.

Can I Shave my Transplanted Beard?

Yes. After the beard begins growing approximately 2-3 months after the transplant, it will act just like natural hair because it is your own hair growing as it always did, just on a different part of your head. You can shave, trim, and style your facial hair and it will grow back like the hair on your scalp.

Are Beard Transplants Safe?

The transplantation process itself is relatively safe. A section of hairs, either as a strip or in individual follicular units, is removed from the head and placed into small incisions on the face. You are partially sedated and should not be in any pain during or after surgery. As with any plastic surgery, however, this is a very personal procedure. Ensure that your surgeon has a recognized history of facial hair reconstruction; it is also imperative that he/she goes through the step-by-step process with you, marks out where the hairs are to be inserted so you can gauge if it will be the look you desire, and knows how to place the hairs in proper angles in order to ensure a natural looking beard.

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Hair transplantation is really about relocating (transplanting) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head. This process works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness, regardless of where they are relocated to.

Hair transplantation, when done right, can be so natural that even your hair stylist will not know that you've had it done. But the skill and techniques of hair transplant surgeons does vary widely, as do their results. It's important to choose the right procedure and clinic to assure that you will get completely natural results.

A typical session of between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts normally involves a full day of surgery on an out patient basis. Most patients will arrive in the morning and will have their procedure completed by late afternoon.

Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given that they feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Following surgery patients will typically feel some amount of soreness and numbness, with some mild discomfort. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort from the surgical procedure is.

The amount of grafts you will need ultimately depends on your degree of hair loss, now and in the future, and on how full you desire your hair to be.

With today’s very refined micro hair transplantation procedure the incisions are very small and less invasive than past procedures. This results in more rapid healing. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.

Immediately following surgery a patient’s recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days.

During the first few days after the surgery a person’s hair transplants will be noticeable if there is no previous hair to mask these temporary scabs. However, most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 5 to 7 days following surgery.

Once the transplanted hair grows out the results should look entirely natural, even under close examination.

Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.

Since the hair follicles that are transplanted to the balding areas are genetically resistant to going bald, they will continue to grow for a life time – just as if they had been left in the bald resistant donor area.

Many patients can return to their daily routines within 1 to 2 days, as long as they don't do anything too strenuous. Avoid rigorous exercise until the donor sutures are removed — generally after 10 to 12 days.

Beard transplantation consists of the dermal extraction of hair follicles –which are genetically resistant to thinning- located on the posterior scalp between the ears, and the dermal transplantation of these follicles on the site where you want beard hairs to grow. The transplanted hair follicles do not fall off, and the result is permanent.

In addition to men who do not have any beard at all, those men who have patches of non-hairy parts on the beard and moustache regions or who have a scattered beard can have a beard transplantation operation.

In addition to them, beard transplantation can also be performed with those men who have scars on their face as a result of pimples, burns or incisions, for the purpose of hiding these scars from view.

Those men who like the appearance of a stubbly beard and want to grow their sideburns but who have a scattered and sparse beard often undergo a beard transplantation operation, too.

Beard and moustache transplantation can also be performed without experiencing any beard loss for the purpose of modifying the pattern of the beard and moustache.

Any single person who has hair follicles on the posterior scalp between the ears can have a beard-moustache transplantation operation.

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