Beard and Eyebrow Transplants
Patchy-bearded men of the world rejoice! Beard transplants are here. Citing the “hipster beard craze”, recent reports say the procedure has increased six-fold in the past five years.
While beards have never been more fashionable, a new survey reveals that almost half of men cannot even grow a proper one. As many as 45 per cent of men complain that they have bald patches in their beard or sideburns and as a result, men are increasingly getting their beards and sideburns bolstered with hair transplants.
How Does it Work?
Facial hair transplants work in the same way as hair transplants performed to the patient’s head, using a technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (or FUE).
This is a minimally invasive transplant technique, which is carried out under local anaesthetic.
The procedure involves taking individual hairs from an area on the head where the hair is plentiful, and transplanting these hairs into the areas on the face that the patient would like to target.
A standard FUE facial hair transplant procedure can last many hours, depending on the number of hairs which require transplanting & is performed under a local anesthetic.
The number of hairs required will be assessed by a hair transplant surgeon and this will depend on the density the patient is looking for.
Facial Hair Transplant Procedure
Beard transplants can take a few hours to almost a full day. They are usually done under local anesthetic.
The side-effects are minimal, and include:
- Infection — one per cent risk of “folliculitis” or infection of the follicle. To prevent this, patients are given antibiotics for a week.
- Swelling that can last up to a week (during which time patients may choose to work from home).
- Rejection of the follicle can be up to 10 per cent, lower than with scalp hair.
- In-grown hairs.
Patients are usually able to shave 10 to 14 days after the procedure.
Things You Should Know if You’re Considering a Beard Transplant
You can get the beard you always wanted… Just like a haircut, you’re better off bringing a photograph, because you can dictate how you want your new beard to look. Tell the doctor to give you “the Howie Mandel” and you’ll walk out with a camera-ready soul patch.
But you’ll have to sacrifice some hair up top In this case, your new beard is made from hair that comes from the back of your scalp. This hair most closely resembles the hair grown around the chin. Or rather, the hair you wish grew around the chin.
Beard transplants aren’t just for the goatee zone You can also get eyebrow and sideburn transplants! We hereby coin the term “hair tattoo,” describing a patch of hair strategically installed anywhere on the body. Used in a sentence: “I’m thinking of getting a hair tattoo of the Brooklyn skyline across my shoulders.”
Does It actually work? Yes. An example is one man had a single procedure with 2,300 grafts. Eight months later, he’s sporting a relatively full beard.
Eyebrow Transplant Replacement
As with scalp hair restoration, eyebrow transplant is also done. Most people underestimate the importance of eyebrows in framing the face, drawing attention to the eyes, and communicating through facial expressions. Eyebrows make an important contribution to facial symmetry and our general appearance. If you have ever seen a person that looked odd but you couldn’t immediately determine what gave you that feeling? Most people totally ignore eyebrows on themselves and other people until they are missing. A person without eyebrows may feel very self-conscious about his/her appearance. Hair transplantation surgery in this area will restore eyebrows.
Dr. Jesse Smith, MD
Does Hair Transplantation Really Work?
Yes. The transplanted hair is removed from one area known as the donor site (typically the side or back of the head) and transferred to another (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not “rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains it’s own characteristics; color, texture, growth rate, and curl, after transplantation and regrowth.
The day of the “pluggy” doll hair look is long gone. The main limitation to hair transplantation is density. While hair is moved from one location to another, there is no overall increase in hair density as a result.
Therefore it is important to determine whether you qualify as a candidate for medical hair transplant. This can only be determined during an initial examination by a qualified specialist.
Skill, Artistry, Teamwork
The decision to take action against hair loss can be, for some individuals, a difficult one. By choosing the most qualified hair restoration expert, the decision becomes an easier one to make.
Knowledge of technique is obviously not sufficient in itself. That technique must be specifically applied with meticulous attention to detail to produce superior results. And this is our goal. However, no surgeon can achieve this goal alone. Hair transplantation, perhaps more that any other surgical procedure, depends on the assistance of skilled medical personnel in a team framework.