How does beard transplant work?
During the beard transplant surgery, donor hair is taken from the back and sides of the head, incision sites are then made on the face into which the grafts are transplanted. FUE technique is used so that the patient does not have a linear scar on the donor area. Only 1s and 2s grafts are selected for facial hair to give a natural look. Grafts can be transplanted on the sideburns, moustache, goatee and beard, depending on what area the patient is interested in. The surgery takes about 3-8 hours depending on how large the recipient area, is. As the beard heals, scabs are formed around the area where the grafts were inserted. It takes about a week to 2 weeks for the scabs to fall off. The area remains slightly red for a while, and the redness gradually fades away in 1-2 months. The transplanted beard starts to grow 2-3 months after the surgery, and steadily improves with time; full results are seen after 1 year. The transplanted beard is permanent for life.
Why take beard transplant surgery?
Most men interested beard reconstruction genetically have little or no facial hair which is assumed to be less manly and falsely youthful. On the other hand, some other patients do facial hair reconstruction for aesthetic reasons; improve the density and shape of the facial hair e.g. grow more defined full beard, mustache or sideburns.
Who is a good candidate for beard transplant?
- Men with patchy beard
- Grown up men with no or sparse beard
- Men who want to fill up or shape their beard
How many grafts are needed for a full beard?
In general, about 2000-2500 grafts are sufficient to cover a full beard with natural density.
Is the beard transplant procedure painful?
No, the procedure is painless as it is taken under local anesthesia.
What are some of the precautions you should take to protect the newly transplanted grafts?
The first 3 days, you should be very keen on your facial movements when you eat and talk. Limit the expressions while talking. Eat soft foods that do not require so much chewing. Sleep facing upwards to prevent brushing over the transplanted grafts.
How do you wash your face after the beard transplant surgery?
For the first week, you are required to slightly pat your hand over the transplanted hair with shampoo and water then carefully rinse. Do not use very hot water. Do not apply too much pressure or rub off the newly transplanted area.
When can you start shaving after the beard transplant?
2-3 weeks after the beard transplant is ideal to shave. You should make sure that your skin has healed and all scabs have fallen out first before you consider shaving. From then on you can keep shaving as usual. The transplanted beard will grow normally so you can shave and trim it as you desire.
What are the risks and side effects of beard transplant?
All the effects of the beard transplant are temporary; they occur mostly in the first few days after surgery, until the skin fully heals. Some of them are swelling, scabbing, redness, itchiness and slight pain/discomfort a few days after the surgery.
Beard transplant in Turkey
In Turkey, there are a number of doctors who do beard transplant, however the degree of quality and results depend on the doctors skills. Dr. Civas has perfected the art of shaping and designing natural looking beard, mustache and sideburns. The density, the direction and the careful selection of grafts and how suitable the shape and design suites the patients face are some of the most important aspects that Dr Civas considers when handling the beard transplant.
What is the cost of beard transplant?
The beard transplant costs 2€ per graft, the total cost ranges from 4000-5000€