What is Beard Transplant

For some of us who suffer from hair loss, especially when it comes to having a few or patchy facial hair – then going for beard transplant would be highly recommended.

It involves mostly hair restoration, beard reconstruction or enhancement. This can be done on the mustache or goatee areas. Other parts of the face which can also benefit include the sideburns and cheeks.

You will also be amazed by the fact that if you would have had scars be it from ingrown hair, acne or other facial scars, they can be veiled using this method.

It is quite effective as far as dealing with some of those facial conditions that may be giving you hell is concerned.

Beard transplant does, however, come with its own risks which I will lay on the table much later.

Therefore I am going to expose what beard transplant is about, its procedure risks as well as side effects so as to fully inform you if you want to consider it. Please note however that I will not be prescribing it to anyone to consider it but this article is for informative purposes only.

A beard transplant is therefore described as a procedure in which facial hair is restored to areas where there is thin growth or even missing hair. Beard transplant can also refer to any surgical procedure used in beard reconstruction or enhancement to the already existing beard.

Usually hair is grafted to the affected area. The number of grafts is dependent on the area of the face to be filled or dealt with.

Credits: Vinci Hair Clinic

What causes loss of facial hair?

A number of factors encourage the loss of facial hair and surge the need for a beard transplant. Among others, the most common causes of facial hair loss include:

  • Genetically derived factors such as being born in a family that suffers from hair loss.
  • Laser hair removal – if one goes through it hair follicles are destroyed.
  • Electrolysis – another permanent hair removal technique which speeds up hair loss.
  • Surgery – if someone is operated on the scalp or facial areas.
  • Burns or injury – another major cause of hair loss though often under unfortunate circumstances.

Despite these causes, the aim of beard transplant can be just a minor filling in of hair. At times it can just be a thin coverage over a very small area such as the mustache. Some can even go for the total goatee or thick beard restoration. The best part of beard transplant is the fact that it can be performed where no hair is present at all or even those areas where there is sparse hair population suitable for those desiring a thicker beard as necessary.

Where does the donor hair come from?

For a beard transplant, the donor’s hair comes from the scalp, its sides or the back. The reason is that this type of hair has similar characteristics regarding growth as facial hair. You can shave it easily and it feels just like ordinary facial hair.

You can find it interesting to know that after the beard transplant, there is no reverse – it’s a permanent procedure. This method also tries as much as possible to maintain the natural appearance of beard thus only one or at times two grafts of hair are applied. It is also meticulously performed as exactly the angle and growth direction is maintained with minimal incisions.

How does the procedure go?

Just like any other transplant the procedure involves going under the knife. You as the patient, can decided to be put under local anesthesia or any other sedative that suits you. This is a procedure which only occurs for a few hours – specifically under 5 hours. You may not even feel the pain during the beard transplant even in the aftermath as you recover.

During the first few days, it is a must that you must keep the transplanted area as dry as possible. This will allow the tiny layers of the transplanted hair to go through the natural grafting process.

This is such a convenient procedure which allows you to be able to resume your normal activities by the second day. However, never be engaged in strenuous activity like going for an exercise. The donor area is sewn up using dissolvable stitches thus the healing or recovery process is not tedious.

As this process moves at some quick pace as necessary, in about two weeks you lose the transplanted hair. The growth cycle then restarts around 3 months thereafter, giving you a permanent look for as long as you live!

It is, however, important to note that these transplanted hairs cannot be used again for other transplanting purposes. Once you decide to undergo beard transplant, it’s a condition that you will last with for a lifetime.

Commonly reported risks and side effects

Though no procedure is perfect, not much of the risks or side effects have been reported regarding the beard transplant process. There are, however, a few such cases as:

  • Transplant or donor area bruising
  • Donor or transplant region swelling
  • Some kind of redness on the transplant site
  • The donor and transplant areas experiencing excruciation pain or sensitivity.
  • Instances of possible bacterial or fungal infection
  • Some scars on the recipient site
  • The influx of ingrown hairs usually at the transplant area

Regardless of the fact that a few of such cases of side effects or risks have been noted, quite a huge number of men who have gone through beard transplant are leading successful and happy lives.

To avert some of the discrepancies that may arise such as the difference in the color of scalp hair and the recipient area, I recommend that you avoid the process altogether.

Also after a beard transplant, it does not mean that the beard hair will change its physical properties as changes would have occurred. Rather what happens is that the hair would have just relocated so it will be covering gaps.

Salomon—a self-confessed facial hair addict—is a grooming professional, style enthusiast, and someone with deep personal experience and knowledge about male pattern baldness.

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