Beard Hair Transplantation

  • Best Results4-8 months
  • Treatment Recovery2-4 days
  • Procedure Time3-5 hours
  • Skin SpecialistDermatologist
  • Duration of ResultsLifelong
  • AnaestheticBlocks, sedation
  • Back to Work2-5 days
  • Cost$$$-$$$$

Beard Hair Transplantation

Follicular unit extractions, & less commonly follicular transplantation can address sparse or even absent beard hairs. Any design is possible. Clinical indications include aesthetic, gender change or camoflauge of traumatic, surgical or acne scars.

FactsFacts on Beard Hair Transplant; FUE

  • The beard & sideburns can be enhanced with hair transplantation
  • Transplantation can also improve density
  • The most frequent donor site is the back of the scalp
  • FUE or follicular unit extraction is the most requested form of harvesting
  • Recipient sites are created with a special needle or implanter
  • Beard growth begins 4 to 5 months post transplant surgery

What are common reasons for a beard transplant?

The most common reasons include transgender changes & augmentation of low density areas (genetiaclly low number of bread hairs).

Other reasons include hiding traumatic, post inflammatory (acne) & surgical scars (cleft lip repair). Follicular unit transplants in this group are partially covered by Medicare.

What are the fundamental differences between beard hair & scalp hair?

Beard hair is between 1.5 to 2 times coarser than scalp hair. The hair shaft in beard hair is elliptical compared to more circular-oval hair shafts on the scalp.

Different ethnicities will also exhibit different densities of beard hair. Most Asians will have less density compared to caucasians. Beard hair usually has one terminal hair in the follicular unit.

What is a FUE beard hair transplantation?

Follicular Unit Excision is where individual hair grafts are harvested directly from the donor site, most commonly the back of the scalp known as the occipital area. This is the same procedure as scalp transplantation with the caveat that beard hair harvest is usually single hair units.

A round incision is made in the skin around the upper part of the follicle which is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp leaving a small open hole measuring less than one millimetre. The advantage of FUE is that it leaves no linear scar. FUE is reasonably pain free and has very rapid recovery. 

Will my beard look natural?

Yes. The use of single unit grafts ensures a natural look. The required density can be designed according to your preference.

Davin’s Viewpoint on Beard Transplantation

FUE principles hold true with beard hair transplantation, however follicular units are predominantly single terminal hairs. This procedure can create almost any sort of beard, from moustache to lamb chops & everything in between.

This is a useful procedure for increasing density in patients who have genetically sparse beard hair. Transplants are also useful for covering up facial scars secondary to surgery or commonly acne scars.

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