For many people, growing facial hair is not as easy as letting nature take its course and leaving it to grow on its own. Facial hair does not always grow out evenly and men trying to grow a beard may find their hair grows in unevenly and in patches. This is one of the biggest reasons why facial hair transplants are becoming more common these days. Just like other types of hair transplant techniques that allow you to use your own hair to fill in thinning areas on the head, facial hair transplants utilize a similar technique to thicken and fill in patchy areas of facial hair.
What is a Facial Hair Transplant?
A facial hair transplant is a treatment that is designed to help obtain a fuller, more symmetrical beard. Just like a traditional hair transplant procedure, donor hair is taken from the back and sides of the head, but are then transplanted into the cheek, sideburns, mustache, and chin areas. There are two main approaches to performing this procedure. They include the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique and the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) technique.
The FUE method involves harvesting individual follicular units from the donor site. This approach is more common and is more comfortable for patients. The FUT method involves harvesting a strip of tissue from the back of the head and dissecting the tissue into individual hair follicles.
What to Expect During the Facial Hair Transplant Procedure
A facial hair transplant will begin with harvesting the donor sites for hair. A local anesthetic will be administered to ensure the process is comfortable. Once the hair has been extracted, an anesthetic will be administered to the treatment area to prepare it for transplantation.
During this part of the process, up to 2500 hair follicles are transferred depending on whether the beard is patchy or requires thickening throughout. As the follicles are inserted, special care will be taken to ensure the correct angles are considered and the desired look is achieved once it is completed. The entire process will take several hours to complete.
Recovery After a Facial Hair Transplant
Most patients will recover from a facial hair transplant within a couple of days after the procedure. You may experience crusting in the area where the hair has been added, but this is temporary and will subside. We advise that you avoid shaving for about a week after the procedure. You may experience some shedding in the treatment area, but new hairs will grow in their place.