What is a Beard hair transplant?
Hair transplantation in the beard-area is performed with the Micro FUE method. Hair follicles are extracted from the back of the neck and over the ears in follicular units (grafts).
No cutting is involved as this is done by using micromotors equipped with special punch tips of 0.6–0.1 mm. The follicular units are then transplanted to bald patches of the beard. The extracted grafts are placed into hair canals that are opened before the insertion.
The procedure begins with a doctor examination, similar to all other transplant operations. Two main things are considered in this consultation. First, the needs of the recipient areas of the face and secondly, the number of grafts that can be gained from the donor area.
Each hair follicle is taken one by one from the back of the head, between the two ears. These hair grafts are then implanted in the necessary areas across the face. As is customary with a DHI transplant, this is all done with the help of an implanter pen (the Choi pen). Similarly, hairs may be taken from the neck or underside of the chin, if they are ample in supply, and if the patient is trying to thicken an existing beard on his face. In this part of the process, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) facial hair transplants can also be performed under local anesthesia, though we typically recommend the DHI method. (The DHI method for beards is essentially an advanced type of FUE beard transplants, which promises precision and density.) And just like with other routine hair transplants, no severe pain is experienced during the beard and mustache transplant. There will be no scarring or stitches on the facial area, though there will be scabs that need to heal, just like other transplants.
The day after the operation, patients get a routine cleaning and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment at the Clinic. Before you leave the clinic, you will be given specific instructions on how to take care of the transplant area (as well as the donor area) during the postoperative period. We will also provide a demonstration of how to wash your face during the recovery period.
Facial Hair Transplant Recovery
One week after the mustache or beard transplant, the transplanted area will look very natural. The donor area will heal in 15 days, after which you will have the same natural appearance that you had before the operation. You are well on your way to facial hair restoration, and any side effects are rare.
Recovery time and instructions are the same as the normal DHI or FUE hair transplant procedures. Typically, you must avoid direct sun exposure in the area for 2 months. You should avoid shaving or trimming the area for one month, and avoid intense friction, water pressure, or hot water on the area for one month as well. You may gently wash and moisturize the face each day, as you would in a normal setting. The transplanted hairs will fall out within the first month (or in the weeks following). Then, after six months, patients see most of the final result. Depending on the number of follicles transplanted, it takes 12-18 months before everything is growing naturally and normally as if it had always been there.