What is Beard Transplant?
Do you have sparse facial hair, a patchy moustache, or inconsistent sideburns? If so, then you could be a good candidate for a beard transplant.
A beard transplant (also known as beard implant) is a surgical procedure that replenishes facial hair. Like all hair transplants, the procedure works by transferring healthy hair from one region of the body (known as the ‘donor site’) to the recipient area. In the case of a beard transplant, the recipient site is the facial area: the cheeks, chin, neck, and jawline, depending on the patient’s preferences.
By using a patient’s own hair to construct a beard, beard implants produce natural-looking and stylish results. This is why beard transplants are now preferred to treatments such as “hair plugs”, which can look artificial.
At Aventus Clinic, we use the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique to perform beard transplants.
What Is FUE Beard Transplant?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the name of a technique for procuring hair follicles from one region of the body and transplanting them into another.
FUE beard transplants work by extracting hair follicles one by one from the donor site. This site must be a region of the body from which hair is growing naturally and healthily. In most cases, this is the lower back of the scalp or the sides of the head.
At the beginning of the surgery, the donor site is shaved. Then, your surgeon will use a surgical tool called a micro punch to extract individual hair follicles from the area. A local anesthetic is used during this time to reduce discomfort as much as possible.
Finally, your surgeon will transfer the hair follicles to the facial area by inserting them into small incisions. Over time, the follicles will take root in their new location and begin to grow new, healthy hair.
Beard Transplant Procedure
At the beginning of the beard transplant procedure, your plastic surgeon will decide upon an appropriate region of your body to extract hair follicles from. This region is known as the ‘donor site’.
Next, a local anaesthetic will be used to minimise discomfort as the hair follicles are removed from the donor site. The hair is then carefully preserved and prepared for the beard transplant.
In the final stages of the procedure, your plastic surgeon will use an implanter device to position the hair follicles on your facial areas.
Am I a Good Candidate for Beard Implants?
There are two key criteria which determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for a beard transplant: the condition of the facial hair, and the condition of the hair in the donor site.
You may be a suitable candidate for this treatment if you experience sparse or uneven facial hair. Patchiness can be the product of ageing, genetic factors, or health conditions such as hypothyroidism. Alternatively, patchy hair loss can be caused by an injury, such as a burn or a scar. In these cases, beard implants can be used to thicken thinning areas of the beard, or fill in balding spots.
However, you do not have to be suffering from patchiness to be a good candidate for beard implants. Instead, some patients are unable to grow facial hair at all. This may be the result of genetic factors, or low levels of testosterone in the body. Similarly, transgender men may be unable to grow facial hair. In these cases, a beard transplant can be used to develop a beard ‘from scratch’.
Importantly, patients must have enough healthy hair growing in the donor site to be suitable for this treatment. This is because the surgery works by removing hairs from the donor area and transplanting them into the face. If there are not enough healthy hairs to transplant, the procedure will not work.
If you are unsure about your suitability for this treatment, you can arrange a consultation with one of our specialists, who will determine whether a beard transplant is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Recovery Time For A Beard Transplant?
Patients can resume most of their daily activities, such as driving, after one day has passed since their beard transplant. However, there are some important aftercare instructions that you must observe in the weeks following your surgery to ensure that your new beard grows healthily.
For example, patients must avoid touching or washing their beard for five days after the procedure. Small crusts will appear around the transplanted follicles at this time, and patients must resist the urge to wash or scratch these off: they are a natural part of the body’s healing process. Additionally, it is important that patients avoid vigorous exercise, saunas and hot tubs for two weeks after the transplant, as sweat can disrupt the growth of the transplanted hair follicles and exacerbate itchiness.
When Will I See The Results?
You will begin to see the growth of new, natural hair after approximately four to six months have passed since the beard transplant was conducted. The final results of the treatment will be visible after one year has passed.
What Anaesthetic Type Is Used In Beard Implants?
A local anaesthetic is used during the surgery.
Do Beard Transplants Leave Scars?
FUE beard transplants create circular scars around the hair follicles that were harvested from the donor site. These scars are very small (typically, they are no larger than 1 mm in diameter). Although the scars may fade with time, they do not disappear completely. However, they can be concealed easily with the surrounding hair, rendering them essentially invisible.
Is A Beard Hair Transplant Painful?
A beard transplant can cause discomfort or pain. A local anaesthetic is used during the procedure to reduce this as much as possible.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Patients will experience some scabbing and crustiness in the areas where the hair follicles were inserted for roughly two weeks after the surgery. After this time, the scabs will drop off.
Additionally, some itchiness, swelling and redness will occur within the first one to two weeks after the transplant. This is sometimes accompanied by feelings of tightness or numbness. However, these symptoms will disappear with time.
How Much Does A Beard Transplant Cost?
The price of beard implants depends on the number of hair follicles that are transferred during the treatment. Consequently, beard transplants which fill in patches of thinning are less expensive than treatments which create a beard ‘from scratch’. As a result, the cost of the procedure depends on an individual patient’s needs, which can be determined during a consultation.
How Do I Book My Consultation?
Consultations can be arranged via email or over the phone.