HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED A FULLER BEARD?
Deciding if you need a beard surgery
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about beard implants over the last few years. This guide to beard transplants is designed to help you learn more about beard transplant techniques and determine if you are a good candidate for beard surgery.
Beard surgery has become very popular among guys in their 20s and 30s who are looking to enhance the appearance of their facial hair. Beard surgery works in a very similar way to hair transplants and can provide males who are self-conscious about their facial hair with a much fuller and thicker beard.
You might be considering a beard implant yourself but haven’t fully decided yet. If so, this guide to beard surgery will help you make up your mind.
What you need to know about beard surgery
If you are completely new to the art and science of transplantation, it would be easy to assume that the hair for a beard transplant comes from a donor; however, this is not the case.
Just like with hair transplants, the hair that’s used for a beard transplant comes directly from the patient himself. The hair that grows on the back of your head is genetically programmed to be permanent. Therefore, this is the best hair to use for transplantation procedures. The beard transplant surgeon takes the hair from the back and sides of the head, most often using Follicular Unit Excision methods, and then implants it into the areas of the beard that need to be thickened up.
What’s the difference between a Beard hair transplant and a hair transplant? We’ve outlined what you need to know below.
Donor hair is generally taken from the same area.
One big similarity between hair and beard transplant techniques is that the doctor takes the donor hair from the same area – the back and sides of the head. The reason for this is hair that grows in this area is genetically programmed to be resistant to male pattern balding and therefore won’t fall out.
Newly transplanted hair falls out before it grows in properly.
Another similarity between beard surgery and hair surgery is that the newly transplanted hair will fall out before growing back. This is completely normal in both hair and beard hair transplant.
Results are natural-looking.
Given how far hair transplantation has come over the last couple of decades, it’s surprising how many people still assume hair transplants still come with the dreaded “plug” look that was so common in the ’70s. Modern hair and beard transplant techniques have completely eliminated this and now both types of transplants provide incredibly natural-looking results.
You can usually get the exact type of look you want with a beard hair transplant.
A big advantage of beard transplants is that you’re usually able to achieve the exact look you want. This isn’t always possible with hair transplants, especially for guys with more severe male pattern balding. This is because those guys who have lost a lot of hair don’t have the required amount of donor hair for full coverage. This usually isn’t an issue with beard transplants, since fewer grafts are needed to perform a successful beard surgery.
The downtime isn’t as long.
Another advantage beard transplants have over hair transplants is that there is much less recovery time following beard surgery. A hair transplant requires a good deal of aftercare, and strenuous exercise is discouraged for the first few weeks. Although beard transplants do require some aftercare and downtime, a beard surgery is not comparable to getting a hair transplant.
Why are you considering a beard transplant?
Although there aren’t necessarily any right or wrong reasons for getting a beard surgery, some reasons are more logical than others. For example, a very common and sensible reason for getting a beard implant is to improve self-confidence. Confidence is something we all want more of, so anything that can improve it is usually a good idea.
If, however, you’re not too concerned about the appearance of your facial hair, but are considering getting a beard surgery because of pressure from your significant other, this isn’t as smart of an idea. When considering any form of cosmetic treatment, you should do it for reasons that are important to you, and not for other people. After all – you’re the one who lives with the results if you choose to move forward with a beard transplant.
Having said that, it’s not a bad idea to discuss how you feel with friends and family. You might find you’re overly self-conscious about your facial hair without good reason.
Can you afford to get a beard transplant?
If your reasons for getting a beard transplant are sound, the next question you need to ask yourself is – can I afford a beard implants?
Often, beard transplant surgeons offer payment plans so you don’t have to pay the full cost of the procedure up-front, but you still shouldn’t put yourself in financial difficulty for the sake of a beard surgery.
Unlike those suffering from hair loss, guys who want a beard implant are not going to lose more hair from the time they decide they want a procedure to when they can afford it. Therefore, there’s no rush to get the procedure done and you can wait until you’re able to afford it.
BEARD SURGERY FAQS
How is a beard surgery performed?
If you’re thinking of getting a beard transplant, you’re probably curious about how they’re performed. The truth is, beard transplant techniques are not much different from hair transplants in principle.
In a beard hair transplant surgery, the hair that’s used to fill in your beard is taken from the back or sides of your head. The hair that grows in this part of your scalp is programmed to be permanent, hence why it’s used for both hair transplants and beard surgery.
The hair can be extracted using either follicular unit excision (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). In either case, the donor hair must be transplanted with great care and precision to achieve just the right look.
A lot of people prefer FUE as a means of extraction, since the beard implant follicles can be removed individually without the need for any incision to be made in the back of the scalp.
How many grafts will I need?
The number of grafts you need for your beard implant will depend on the thickness and density of your current facial hair, as well as how much coverage you require. For example, a full beard of implants is going to require more grafts than a goatee.
The typical amount of grafts required for a full beard is 3,000, with 1,500 grafts being required on average for a goatee. Of course, these numbers vary, since every patient is different.
Who is a good candidate for beard surgery?
There aren’t necessarily any special requirements for getting a beard surgery. Any guy who is not completely happy with the thickness of their facial hair can choose to get the procedure. If you book a consultation with a beard implants surgeon, they’ll be able to properly assess you and help you to decide on the best course of action.
How can I find a good beard transplant surgeon?
The first step in finding a beard hair transplant surgeon you can trust is to schedule a consultation. The best doctors are happy to offer free, in-person consultations where you can discuss the full beard transplant procedure. Ask to see before and after pictures or videos of past beard implant procedures the surgeon has performed. Also, ask about their level of experience as both a surgeon and specifically, with hair transplants. As with any surgical procedure, you want to find a qualified, medically certified doctor. Experience, training and certified skills are important when you consider a transplant of any kind!
It’s very important you feel comfortable with whatever doctor you choose, since he or she will be permanently altering your appearance. Therefore, come prepared to your consultation with a list of questions, and choose a doctor who makes you feel both comfortable and respected and who is prepared to answer your questions to your satisfaction.
How long does it take to get beard surgery?
A typical full beard transplant surgery procedure takes between 2 and 5 hours. The length of time needed depends on how thick you want your beard to be and the amount of coverage that’s needed to accomplish that fullness. For example, some men might be happy with the thickness they have around the goatee area but want the hair that grows on their jawline to appear thicker.
Are the results of a beard hair transplant permanent?
Yes. Once the hair is transplanted and the new hair has had time to grow in – usually 3-4 months after the procedure. Once it grows in, it will remain there permanently, meaning you will be able to enjoy the results of your facial hair for many years to come.
Is a beard transplant procedure painful?
Not really. The process that’s used to extract the hair from the donor site during beard transplant surgery doesn’t require any incision, since the hairs are removed individually. There may be a little bit of discomfort when the surgeon implants the hairs, but nothing that would be considered very painful. In fact, most patients do not report any pain from their beard implant, and they can achieve the fullness they desire after only one transplant session.
Are there any risks or side effects?
The two main risks with a beard hair transplant are infection and scarring, but they are very rare providing you seek out a reputable surgeon who has a lot of experience with performing the procedure. You should also ensure you carefully follow any aftercare instructions your doctor gives you to successfully recover from your beard surgery.
What results can I expect?
Although results vary from one patient to the next, most people who have this surgery are very pleased with the results. Unlike hair transplants, where sometimes there isn’t enough donor hair to provide full head coverage, a full beard hair transplant can provide a full, thick appearance all over the desired areas of the face.
What is the aftercare, downtime and recovery from a beard surgery?
The amount of aftercare and downtime required after a beard transplant procedure is minimal. When FUE is used to extract the donor hair, there is no incision required and therefore no scar that has to heal on the back of your head. With FUE, the beard implant surgeon individually extracts the follicles from the donor area and then places them in the recipient area.
Although there’s not a huge amount of aftercare or downtime required with a beard surgery, you might need to schedule a day off work to have your procedure performed. You will also need to plan for a follow-up visit with your beard hair transplant surgeon so they can assess your results and progress after surgery. They’ll also be able to advise you on things (activities, grooming) to avoid and how to ensure that the newly transplanted hair doesn’t get disturbed in any way.
When will I see the final results from my beard surgery?
Although the main work is finished once the new hair has been transplanted, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to observe the final results of your beard procedure right away. Immediately following your surgery, the area where the new hair has been transplanted will have a lot of small red dots. After a few days, these will start to fade, and the newly transplanted hair will begin to fall out after approximately 2 weeks.
At around the 3-month mark, the new hair will start to grow in, and you’ll be able to start appreciating the results of your beard surgery. For this reason, you should reserve final judgement of your beard hair surgery until approximately 3-4 months after your procedure was performed.
We welcome and encourage you to check out our beard transplant before-and-after photos under the “Our Results” menu to see pictures of patients we’ve helped here at the Toronto Hair Transplant Centre. You’ll be able to see the progression and have a better understanding of realistic expectations.
Is there anything I need to avoid?
The most obvious thing you need to avoid after getting a beard implant is shaving. It’s extremely important that the newly transplanted grafts retain the angle and depth your surgeon placed them at. Otherwise, they can either become dislodged or grow in the wrong direction.
It takes between 9 and 14 days after a beard surgery for the newly transplanted hair to take root, so avoid shaving for this period of time. After approximately one month, the new hair will have taken root and gone into the resting phase, and only the facial hair that was already present will remain. Therefore, you should wait until 2 weeks after your beard surgery procedure to trim your facial hair in any way, and 1 month until you shave it properly.
Both our doctors have performed successful beard transplant surgeries on many patients, with fantastic results.