Beard transplantation, also known as facial hair transplant, is a cosmetic procedure that involves transplanting hair follicles from the safe donor area at the back of the head to the beard area. The newly implanted hairs enhance facial hair growth, producing a fuller and more defined beard appearance. It is sought by patients with patchy or thin beard growth or individuals with scars looking to cover the scar. Careful consideration should be taken in order to achieve natural-looking results.
Facial Hair transplant is becoming common, young people are aiming for the ‘hipster’ look of a fuller denser beard. Beard transplant is performed at Civas Hair Transplant.
FUE technique is used so that the patient does not have a linear scar on the donor area.The procedure takes 4-5 hours and, 800-1500 grafts are transferred from the back of the head to the beard depending on the interests of the patient. Dr Civas gives special care to the angle of placement as well as density of the hairs; only 1s or 2s FUs are used in beard transplant. Another point he carefully considers is distributing of the grey hairs to give a natural looking outcome.
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.
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 a more defined full beard, moustache or sideburns.
In general, about 2000-2500 grafts are sufficient to cover a full beard with natural density.
No, the procedure is painless as it is taken under local anaesthesia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Turkey, there are a number of doctors who do beard transplant, however, the degree of quality and results depend on the doctor’s skills. Dr. Civas has perfected the art of shaping and designing natural-looking beard, moustache 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.
The beard transplant costs 2€ per graft, the total cost ranges from 5000€