Beard Transplantation Hair Restoration
If your beard or mustache is lacking in the thickness department, you want it to be higher on the cheek area, you’re tired of seeing weak patches of hair in your beard or you have just never been able to grow a beard or mustache, you could be a good candidate for a beard transplant.
Growing or having a beard can be a sign of masculinity for many men. While too many men get defeated by these patches, it’s not a roadblock that can’t be conquered.
Growing a beard naturally might not be in the cards for all men, but innovations in the medical and aesthetics world have made it possible for most men to grow a beard and mustache with the help of beard transplants.
If you’re dealing with a thin or patchy beard/mustache, you’d probably like to fix it ASAP!
What is a Beard/Mustache Transplant?
Essentially, a beard/mustache transplant is what it sounds like. Healthy hair from the back of a patient’s scalp is removed by either an FUE or FUT procedure (the technique is chosen based on the patient’s needs and desires). This hair is then prepared by the doctor and her staff for placement in the beard and mustache areas.
The doctor spends a great deal of time with the patient to design the exact area that the patient wants their facial hair. The doctor will make very tiny incisions at very specific angels and directions to match the patient’s existing hair. The new hairs will then be placed into these new sites. Soon enough the patient will see permanent hair growth and the facial hair they have been dreaming of.
In the average facial hair transplant, you can get about 4000 hair follicles grafted onto the beard. This varies depending on the amount of existing facial hair and the design that the patient desires. Some patients even choose to come back for a second procedure for even more density in the future.
A lot of the time, though, only about 2,500 follicles are necessary for a full beard.
These newly transplanted hairs are permanent and can be treated just like any other facial hair. A patient is able to shave it to the skin, can grow a 5 O’clock shadow or even grow a long luscious beard if they want to. The sky’s the limit.
So, why should you consider a beard transplant?
Here are some of the pros of going for the procedure:
According to several studies, beards are attractive to women for a number of reasons. These include:
- Beards imply security and strength. Studies show that beards can make men seem stronger and more capable of providing security.
- Beards imply intelligence. Hemingway, Einstein, need we say more? The historical presence of beards on intelligent men is notable.
- Beards imply a balance of edginess and sensitivity. Beards somehow exude a combination of both “toughness” and sensitivity.
- Beards imply confidence. Not only do beards imply confidence from the perspective of the viewer, but they also instill confidence in the beard-haver.
- Permanent. Will continue to grow for the rest of your lifetime.
- Painless. While reading the description of the procedure might not sound fun, the reality is that its’ virtually pain-free due to the minimal invasion and innovations in medicine. The worst discomfort you may feel is a small pinch during the initial anesthesia..
- Beard transplants aren’t limited to just the lower facial area, you can design the beard that you have always wanted and shape it however you want.
- Beard transplants don’t require very much recovery time. At Hair 4 Life, Dr. Kelemen’s post-operative protocol ensures quick healing with minimal scarring, usually in 3-5 days.
- Other than light redness or swelling a few days following the transplant, there are virtually no side effects.
How will my beard feel?
It acts as a normal beard. After the transplant fully heals, it should grow and act just like normal hair.
You’ll be able to grow your beard faster, style and trim it as normal! That’s the whole point!
Of course, with every medical procedure, there are a few downsides.
- It’s not cheap. Beard transplants might put a strain on the wallet, which makes some men too intimidated to try it. Saving up is a good idea to make it more affordable and at Hair 4 Life we are able to offer a financing payment plan to make it feasible for all patients (through a 3rd party financing company).
- Hair is transplanted from the back of your scalp, since that hair is closest to the texture of facial hair. A few hidden spots in the back of the head doesn’t show much, and it’s usually worth it for the nice, full beard.
- Your originally transplanted hairs will TEMPORARILY fall out or shed about 3 weeks after the procedure. While the originally harvested hairs will fall out, there’s no need to worry, it will grow back. The newly transplanted follicles are fully implanted and the new, transplanted hairs will begin to grow.
Dr. Kelemen will be able to help you better understand the time frame of re-growth, but don’t worry, it will come back!
It’s all part of the process to get a thick new beard.
How Much Does a Beard Transplant Cost?
Now that you understand the detailed process of what a beard transplant is, it’s probably no surprise that it’s an expensive procedure.
Then again, when you compare this treatment to other aesthetic procedures we partake in as humans in order to enhance our looks and feel better about ourselves, it’s not out of place.
If having a thick and healthy beard is important to you, you should never feel bad about the decision to undergo a beard transplant.
While the total cost isn’t the most important thing, it’ll be well worth the investment to be happy with what you see in the mirror every morning.
Depending on the clinic and the doctor you end up choosing, you should be prepared to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 for a quality beard transplant.
It’s definitely possible to find cheaper options elsewhere, but for a procedure performed by a reputable clinic that has produced successful results, you won’t want to pay much less than this. Since your face is what everyone sees and a bad beard or mustache transplant can not be hidden, it is extremely important to go to someone that is experienced in performing this procedure. You do not want to take a chance on someone that is not experienced in this.
Prices may be affected by grafts needed, procedure used to remove the donor hair (FUE or FUT), number of sessions required and consultations fees, among others.
Some clinics will charge by how many facial grafts you need (usually the most effective price model), while some will charge by the number of sessions needed to complete the transplanted hairs process.
Others may charge a hefty initial consultation fee, which may be avoided by doing research ahead of time. We at Hair 4 Life do not charge a consultation fee and you are always seen by Dr. Kelemen personally.
While this does work out to be a pretty expensive ordeal, it’s an investment.
Spending a lower amount will only result in shoddy work, short-lived results or unhappiness with the final result.
You want your beard to be in the best hands and you get what you pay for.
What is FUE or FUT?
This refers to how the donor hair is removed from the back of the scalp:
- Follicular Unit Extraction (also known as FUE)
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
While each is a bit different, both involve the same process of a surgeon removing the hair from the donor area.
Let’s learn a bit about the two options:
FUE is the most common method of removing donor hair in a beard transplant. At H4L there are two options: ARTAS robotic or Advanced WAW system. The doctor will go over the options you have during the consultation.
In this process, individual hairs are harvested from the donor area (one by one) and harvested over a much larger area. The donor area in the back of the scalp is more evenly distributed and not focused in a small area, so as to not leave any area thinner than another. It also allows for the patient to trim their hair shorter than an FUT procedure.
What’s left in the donor area are just small, white circular scars around the follicles that are not typically noticeable. (Results may vary depending on the doctor and clinic.)
In an FUT transplant, a small strip of tissue is taken from the donor area through the process of microscopic dissection.
Left behind is just one small fine linear scar from the closed wound.
Uses mid-portion of harvest zone to increase the number of grafts in the one used area.
Here’s a quick comparison of the advantages of the two options:
- Advantages of FUE
- No linear scar
- Faster healing time
- Quicker return to physical activity
- Little to no discomfort
- Better for people with short hair styles
- Advantages of FUT
- One small linear scar
- Harvests a larger amount of hair (varies from patient to patient)
As you can see, in almost all cases the FUE procedure comes out on top.