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Beard & Mustache Hair Transplant

What is A Beard Transplant?

A beard transplant is a method of hair restoration in which the surgeon transplants beard hair to the scalp using follicular unit extraction techniques (FUE) and tools. Beard transplants can also refer to any procedure that reconstructs a new beard, or enhances an existing beard – for these reconstructive beard surgeries, the surgeon transplants scalp hair to areas of the face as needed on a case-by-case basis. Using beard hair as a restorative method is not used by many clinics, and is generally considered a fringe procedure.

Why use Beard Hair instead of Scalp Hair?

In most hair transplants, the surgeon will remove hair from the back of the scalp – known as the donor zone – and transplant it to wherever it’s needed. Hairs from this region of the scalp seem particularly resistant to hair loss, and are usually hardy enough to withstand the transplant. Not all patients, however, have enough hair in the donor zone, and some may not have any scalp hair at all. For these situations, body hair derived from the arms, legs, and chest is be the next best alternative. Again, not all patients have this type of hair either. For these cases, facial hair can be removed and transplanted to other areas of the scalp. Beard hair transplants may work on patients with male pattern hair loss (MPH), but not with other types of alopecia. Patients with alopecia universalis, for example, have no hair on the entirety of their body, and thus are ineligible for this type of procedure.

Beard Transplant Studies

Though research is limited, one official beard transplant study followed thirty-five male subjects for three years (2005-2008) after they had a combination of both beard hairs and body hairs transplanted onto the scalp. The study finds that beard or body hairs should not be used on the temples or to reconstruct the hairline, as these hairs are naturally finer and less coarse. Beard hair, however, provides a thicker and denser coverage than body hair, and was also better than body hair at concealing scars. Successful, realistic beard hair transplant results mostly depends on the natural characteristics of the recipient site hairs, meaning that if the patient’s scalp hair is short and curly, then the beard hair will blend in well. If the patient has long straight hair, however, then using solely beard hair on spots with no natural scalp hair would only highlight the textural inconsistencies, and ultimately look unnatural. For this reason, a combination of beard hair and scalp hair yielded the best results, even in patients with predominately straight hair.

Risks of Beard Hair Transplants & Side Effects

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity or pain at the donor and recipient sites
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Other Considerations

Sometimes males will have beard hairs that are a different color than their scalp’s hairs. Transplanting beard hair to the scalp under these circumstances would highlight these discrepancies in color, and is therefore not recommended.Beard hairs will not change or adapt their physical characteristics to match those of the recipient site hairs, meaning beard hair will not grow softer, finer or longer. No amount of time will change the beard hair’s physical traits.

For the right patient, Having the right hair proportion and scalp characteristics, hair transplant surgery can be a life changing hair transplant cosmetic procedure. However, not every hair loss sufferer is a good candidate for surgical hair restoration or hair transplantation. Its important to fully understand the criteria that makes a good hair transplant candidate in order to make a better informed decision when considering surgical hair restoration. What a prospective hair transplant patient needs to remember is that there is a finite amount of donor hair that can be moved to the balding areas of the scalp, and If this hair isnt used in a prudent and efficient manner with hair transplant procedure, the outcome of the procedure will not meet a patients expectations. Do not underestimate the importance of discussing these issues with your hair transplant surgeon or hair transplant expert during your consultation. Providing the hair transplant surgeon/hair transplant expert with your honest expectations can better help him explain the reality of your particular situation why you need hair transplant, and discuss whether or not undergoing a hair transplant procedure is right for you. Its also important to note that the approach of surgically keeping up with your hair loss is not a practical way to address most patients situations. Unfortunately, this mentality has evolved through the flashy and high pressure, late night marketing that has been the cornerstone of the less than ethical side of the hair transplant industry. Having small procedures early on in the hair loss process can be disastrous. Many young men and women are mislead by this marketing approach and are forced to deal with the emotional and physical consequences of falling into this trap. Patients in the early ages of hair loss, who have a significant amount of hair run the risk of "shock loss" caused by the trauma of the surgical procedure. While in most cases, the native hair that was shocked out will return, it can take many months to appreciate the full result of the surgery, causing distress to those who are affected by this. In some cases the young patient might be left with less hair then before the procedure. Understanding who makes the right candidate for surgical hair restoration is vitally important during the decision making process. Consulting with a skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeon/ hair transplant expert will make this process easier. In general, the best candidates for hair transplant surgery are: Men who have been losing their hair due to genetic hair loss for more than four years, or who have progressed to a Norwood class III or above with hair loss. Men with realistic expectations who understand that their hair loss might continue to progress even if they are taking prescription medication to stop the progression. Men who have been balding for many years and whos pattern of loss has stabilized. Men and women who have lost hair due to trauma or burns. Men and women who have lost hair or who’s hairlines were raised due to other cosmetic procedures such as face-lifts and brow lifts. Women with stable donor hair who exhibit more of a male pattern, than a female diffuse unpatterned hair loss. Anagen and Hair Translant in Mumbai Video Gallery Always Authentic. We’re proud of our work and always feature real, natural photos & videos with no airbrushing. Hair transplants can have a remarkable impact on an individual’s appearance after successful procedure,be proud of the new way you feel of yourselves. We are proud to share before-and-after hair transplant videos of our real patients so you can see the kind of results you can expect from our unique hair transplant procedure with FUT and FUE hair transplant technique.