Beard (Facial Hair) Transplant

At Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics, we are well aware of the pressures facing men to look good all the time! With a healthy beard being considered as a sign of good health and looks, many men come to us looking for a beard transplant.

A beard transplant, or facial hair transplant, looks to promote healthy hair growth by implanting healthy hair follicles from a donor area onto the beard area. All of our beard transplants are carried out by certified hair transplant surgeons. Hair loss, or having sparse facial hair, is a common problem for adult men of all ages.

If you’re concerned about facial hair loss, here’s some helpful information to help you regain your confidence. 

What is a Beard transplant?

Put simply, a beard transplant looks to promote facial hair restoration by using your own hair (from other areas of your body, and implant them into the affected area. There is no other treatment on the market that can assure a natural, fuller, and long-term solution to hair loss.

How does a Beard Transplant work?

After booking your free consultation with one of our hair transplant surgeons, you will both decide on the beard transplant procedure that is not only going to maximise your end results, but work around your busy schedule.

On the day of your beard transplant, both specialist procedures (FUE and FUT) require the need for local anaesthetic. This will ensure you won’t feel a thing and can fully relax during the procedure.

In the case of both surgical procedures, hair extraction will take place from a donor area. Often, the donor site may be found on the back of the head as these follicles are are grow longer when compared to the parts of the body. These extracted hairs will then be implanted into the affected area.

Your new beard will have a natural appearance, looking much fuller than before. What is even more impressive is that your transplant will continually promote beard growth long into the future. It really is a long-term solution!

FUE Transplant

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is one of the most popular hair transplant techniques on the market today. This minimally invasive surgical procedure is used for its incredible precision, not only giving you great results but a quick beard transplant recovery time. As such, FUE is incredibly well suited to many patients wanting beard and eyebrow transplants.

During the procedure, a small 1mm punch is used to extract hair follicles one by one. These follicles (sometimes called ‘grafts’) are gently lifted from your skin and implanted directly into the recipient site.

Not only is this process quicker that FUT surgery (as no grafts need to be separated under a microscope) on the day, but the expected recovery time is much quicker. As no strips of skin need to be taken, there is a great reduction in post-surgery scarring. FUE’s smaller incisions generally cause your donor area to produce tiny scabs as opposed to FUT, which requires the patient to have stitches.

With FUE you can expect your small scars to be healed within 6 to 7 days. After this, it is all about waiting patiently for your new beard hairs to grow!

FUT Transplant

Sometimes called the ‘strip method’, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) has been a tried and tested hair transplant method over previous decades. Whilst you are given local anaesthetic, this medical procedure looks to take strips of healthy hair follicles from your donor area, separate each hair follicle meticulously under a microscope, and then implant them into the recipient area.

One of the most important factors of FUT transplants is the arrangement of the grafts. This will help to ensure that your transplanted hair follicles are placed in strategic areas. his will not only give your beard a fuller look, but help to mask and cover areas where you are likely to bald, or thin, in the future.

The initial recovery time of FUT is around 10 days. By this time, the recipient site will likely have healed. However, as hair from your donor site has been extracted in a strip, the healing time for your horizontal scar may be considerably longer. We recommend you grow your hair (on the back and sides) to around a grade 4 or 5. This will help to cover up your scar whilst it is healing.

Results and Beard transplant aftercare

The results of FUE surgery are certainly to be desired! When compared to alternative treatments, no other procedure or remedy quite compares. FUE not only ensures that you will leave our clinic with a results that are almost noticeable immediately, but that you will be able to grow a fuller beard for years to come.

With FUE surgery, you can typically expect all scarring to have healed within 6-7 days. Moreover, as there are no need for stitches (as there is with FUT surgery), no patient has complained of scalp tightness or major pain after the surgery.

If, however, you have any problem after your surgery, our clinic prides ourself on offering industry leading aftercare. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at:

  • Phone: 020 30 262 532
  • Email: hi@harleystreethairtransplant.co.uk
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Why should i get a beard transplant?

There are many reasons as to why patients come to us wishing for a beard transplant. Whether it be a purely aesthetic choice, a decision to cover up visible scarring, or a need to restore some much needed self confidence, we have you covered! Anyway, on with the explanations…

Alopecia Barbae, defined as hair loss in the beard area, is a common problem facing men of all ages. Characterised by symptoms such as hair shedding, redness on the face and neck, the appearance of bald spots on the face, there are a range of explanations for the condition:

  • Facial Trauma – the experience of physical trauma, from events such as car crashes or chemical burns, are a common explanation for facial baldness. Many patients who have experienced this want a beard transplant to hide any signs of visible scarring.
  • Medical Treatments – Often, cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy have many negative side effects. One of which is the experience of hair loss all over the body. Unfortunately, beard hair is no less susceptible.
  • Alopecia Barbae – This autoimmune disease, sometimes labelled as the ‘smaller brother’ of alopecia areata, is where the body’s immune system attacks (and shrinks) hair follicles in the facial area.
  • Trichotillomania – this is the name given to a psychological condition in which patients (often unknowingly) cause facial hair loss through constant touching, pulling, and straining of the beard.

According to YouGov, it is currently estimated that 55% of men across the world have beards. What’s more is that this number is seen to be continually rising across the world. Even in Britain, the percentage of men with beards has increased from 37% in 2011 to 42% in 2016. As a result, those unable to grow fuller beards look for solutions to fit in with this rising trend.

Frequently Asked Questions

A beard transplant can cost anywhere between £2,000 and £6,000. This variance in price is predominantly down to the severity of each patient’s baldness. With FUE and FUT transplants, patients pay based on the number of follicles that are transplanted.

  • FUT: Between £2 and £5 per graft used.
  • FUE: Between £1.89 and £3.99 per graft used.

Whilst beard transplants and hair transplants are carried out using the same techniques, the main difference between the two is where donor areas can be found. In the case of hair transplants, donor hairs are often taken from the back and sides of the head, behind the ears. Typically, donor hairs for a beard transplant are almost exclusively taken from the back of the scalp. This is down to the length and colour of the follicles being a great match for your existing beard hairs.

As with any surgery, if any part of the skin is broken, it can leave a little or faint scar that will heal if you give it time. Despite this, with FUE surgery our surgeons use instruments that are less than 1mm un diameter. his means that any initial scarring is unlikely to be seen in the moustache, sideburn, or beard area.

After the procedure, our advice is to avoid shaving for around 2 weeks. This is because your skin may be swollen or tender in the immediate aftermath of your treatment.

As a beard transplant is performed whilst you are given local anaesthetic, it is a relatively pain free procedure. Post surgery, you may experience slight inflammation and redness in the donor and recipient areas.

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