A beard or mustache transplant is a surgical procedure that can restore or add new follicles of hair to facial areas (mustache or beard) where hair is unnatural or missing. It’s usually done by an FUE (follicular unit extraction method).
Overview of Beard Transplant
Many men around the world wish to have a thick and full beard or moustache. However, some cannot have it in a way they wish. It can directly affect their self-confidence and relationships. It is thought that a full beard can show men’s strength and intelligence. During the lifetime, many men lose their beard and moustache hairs in different situations due to the various reasons such as infection, surgery, trauma or burning scars or genetically. So, they are good candidates for the beard and moustache transplant.
Moreover, for anyone who wishes to have a thicker and denser beard, this technique can be used. Transplanted hairs are permanent. After a while, they continue to grow, and they can shave and style them every day like other facial hair as normal.
Beard Transplant Recommended For:
- Individuals with missing and unnatural beard or mustache hair
- Individuals who wish to use a beard for a new look
Before Beard Transplant
Patients should stop smoking 3-5 days before the procedure. Smoking affects the blood flow that delays the healing time. They shouldn’t drink alcohol three days before the treatment. Doctors should take a medical history. Since some medications such as aspirin, Plavix and dabigatran or warfarin and rivaroxaban and any anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen or celecoxib should be held under the doctor’s supervision. Also, supplements such as gingko Biloba, omega 3, fish oil and vitamin B & E must be held due to the increased risk of bleeding during the surgery.
During Beard Transplant
The surgery is performed under local anesthesia. The surgeon takes each hair follicle from the donor part with a special micro punch. Follicles are extracted manually one at the time and placed in a container with a storage solution that will maintain the follicles’ vitality. After making holes to the balding area, the surgeon grafts the hair follicles there.
After Beard Transplant
Perhaps the doctor will prescribe some pain killer pills or antibiotics to prevent infection. They have to avoid alcohol consumption for at least three days and smoking for up to 2 weeks after surgery. They shouldn’t exercise for at least 2-3 weeks. Patients should have a completely dry face for the first five days. They have to trim (not shave) the beard or moustache with scissors only for the first six months. The recovery of the donor area is fast and minimal scar remains. Some patients can return to work in 2 to 5 days after the operation. The hairs usually fall out in the 2nd-3th week. After 1-3 months new hairs grow which may be weak and thin at first, but if the patient wait for 5-6 months, the hairs will be stronger and about 2-3 inches. It is also desirable to mention that most people can see the final result after about one year.