A moustache or beard is often considered as a symbol of masculinity. It also reflects an individual’s personality and style. From mushy beards to well-trimmed ones, all styles have been celebrated. Movember has gained immense popularity over the last few years and has been able to create awareness of men’s health and more. Men often like to experiment with what style of beard best suits them and more. Certain research also claims that beards can protect one from harmful rays and prevent skin problems. However, not all are blessed to have lush facial hair. Men have concerns of lack of facial hair growth, patchy appearance, uneven growth and others when it comes to growing a beard or moustache.
Aesthetic healthcare has been able to treat concerns in men relating to the beard or moustache. Permanent solutions such as beard transplant is gaining wide popularity among men with facial hair growth concerns.
This technique of hair restoration is similar to hair transplantation that is done on the scalp. Individuals with a patchy beard can get fuller and natural looking hair with the procedure. Donor hair especially from the back of the scalp is transplanted to the recipient site, which in this case would be the beard or moustache region. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) are the two commonly performed types of beard transplant procedures.
FUE beard transplant – In this type of transplantation, the hair will be extracted as individual hair follicles using a punch tool. These are then individually transplanted to the patchy area of the beard or moustache where more hair needs to be added. FUE is the most commonly performed procedure over FUT, which was once in demand.
FUT beard transplant – This procedure involves removing a strip of hair from the scalp and transplanting it to the recipient site. Follicular units (of 1 to 4 hair) are gathered and transplanted. The FUT procedure takes longer time for treatment and recovery when compared to the FUE treatment.
A beard transplants is often the permanent solution for most of the facial hair concerns that men deal with. Some of the benefits include:
In India, the cost of a beard transplant would range between INR 40 k to 4 lakhs. The exact cost of a beard transplant depends upon the number of hair grafts needed, the type of beard transplant procedure, the city and clinic where the procedure is done, the experience level of the doctor and others. For around 1500 hair grafts, the cost of the treatment would be INR 40k and above. In Chennai, the cost of beard transplant can be between INR 50k to 2.5 lakhs. Chennai is now a leading city for beard and hair transplant procedures. Some of the best surgeons are now in the city providing high quality services at nominal price.
The results of a beard hair transplant are highly beneficial to the patients for the below reasons.
The results of a beard transplant depend on how skillful and experienced the doctor is. FUE or FUT beard transplant requires a high degree of precision, skill, knowledge and technique to get the results look like natural beard. Hence, it is very important for the patients to choose a board-certified surgeon who has good experience in performing hair and beard transplants.
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Some of the most common side-effects and risks of a beard transplant are
In rare cases, there can be side-effects such as the below.
In most cases, a complete recovery from the procedure is possible in 2 weeks. The patients would be able to return to their normal routine of washing the face and trimming. FUE beard transplant has a faster recovery time when compared to FUT. The pain and discomfort would also vary depending on the procedure chosen and how the patient responds to the treatment. It is important to follow the post-procedural care to ensure complete recovery and reduce any chance of infection. Some of which are
Beard transplants are a very personal choice that an individual makes. If a person is unhappy with how their beard looks and want to get rid of patches or lack of hair, then beard transplantation would be the solution.
There are no visible or noticeable scars from a beard transplant procedure. During the phase where the transplanted hair grows on the site of the beard, there can be the appearance of dots. This will disappear on its own once there is enough hair growth in the recipient site.
The exact cost of a beard transplant depends on the number of hair grafts needed. On an average, a beard transplant would cost INR 70000 for around 500 hair grafts.
Yes, hair follicles that are transplanted to the site of the beard regions grows completely in around 9 to 12 months. Most individuals start to see hair growth of the new follicles in 3 months. For complete and full growth of the hair it might take about a year.
Full beard transplant could cost INR 50000 to INR 4 lakhs. Around 900 to 1200 hair grafts would be required for a full beard transplant. The cost of this would vary between INR 40 to INR 120 per graft.
Yes, beard transplants are the permanent solution to have luscious hair in the beard region. This technique has been gaining popularity for its lasting impact. People with lack of facial hair can get a permanent solution with this technique.
It is best advised to stay away from shaving for at least 2 weeks after the procedure. Patients will notice that the transplanted hair will fall out during the initial phase post the procedure. After this phase, the transplanted hair will begin to grow and one could begin to trim or shave normally in a month’s time.
Dead cells on the surface of the skin can prevent facial hair growth and hence washing or scrubbing the face is important. However, using excessively hot water can take away the oil and moisture from the skin. It is best to use lukewarm water for cleansing the face and helping with hair growth.
The sulfur in onion helps with hair growth and a healthy skin. It improves the production of collagen in the skin and also prevents hair loss. It also helps in better circulation and in preventing infections, along with added benefits such as preventing grey hair. Onion when applied on the face can help promote beard growth.
Though beard begins to grow at the age of 18 or younger, most men get good beard between 25 to 35 years of age.
Beard can grow even as a person age. In fact, it never stops growing. Just like how the hair on scalp could shed, the beard could also go through cycles of shedding and growing. However, the genetics of a person influences how well the beard grows.
Beard transplants give a natural look and feel just like hair transplants. The results of the procedure are highly dependent on how skillful the doctor is. Most often it will be impossible to identify transplanted hair from the natural ones.
A patchy beard can be fixed by letting the hair on the patched region grow to an extent that it matches the rest of the face. One must have to resist the urge to trim to achieve this. Certain home remedies such as rubbing onion or oil massage could help. If the patches have been permanent and not showing results, it is best to consult a hair transplant specialist.
Testosterone is the male hormone that promotes hair growth especially, facial hair growth. A person with low levels of testosterone could experience lack of beard growth or patching beard. Supplements could help one increase the hormone levels and promote hair growth.
Some tips to grow the beard straight include
FUE beard transplant can give a natural look. There is very negligible scarring from the procedure. The results are often great and one cannot differentiate the transplanted hair overtime.