The beard transplant had been a taboo and for a long time it was not considered a relevant cosmetic surgery. Today, we see an increase in the number of such procedures being performed.
After the effect of wearing a well-populated beard was proven, the trend has been established to let it grow. Marking presence, increasing masculine attractiveness, defining a unique style and looking more manly are some of the reasons why the fashion that said no to the beard has been left behind. However, this privilege is not the heritage of all men, but of those who were born with dormant follicles and those who have not been removed by time.
For the man who shaves every morning because he has decided not to display his own, the presence of his beard is an inescapable reality. Instead, many men have tried through various means to make the hair covering their faces grow, but have been unsuccessful.
Many men want their full and full beards to grow. However, not all men can do it, and that is why procedures like beard transplants have increased in popularity.
What is a Beard Transplant?
El hair graft It is a surgical technique that was developed to treat baldness problems. This technique allows us to redistribute body hair to implant hair in areas that have lost it.
Later, with the development of the FUE hair implant technique New surgical techniques were developed that allowed transplanting hair in other areas of the body and not only the head. This is how transplants of beard, eyebrows and even eyelashes; achieving more and more natural results.
In the beard transplant with FUE technique a linear incision is not required to remove the follicles. Therefore recovery is faster and there is no visible scar.
A beard transplant will do what your genetics and other factors don't allow. The hair will be taken from another part of your body (usually the scalp) and transplanted to your face, or where you want your beard or mustache to grow.
Beard transplants have also come a long way. Professional hair and beard transplant facilities already abound and technology continues to improve. Even better, you can choose exactly the type of beard you want.
But is the beard transplant for you? Let's take a closer look, to understand why your beard is not as bushy as you want and possible solutions.
Why is my beard dense?
If you have an irregular beard, you are not alone. The problem is that many men with irregular beards lower their hands and decide that it is not worth growing their beards. And that is very bad.
So why do you have a beard that is not as dense as that of other men who enjoy having a thick beard? Let's take a look at some causes, so we also clarify that there is no reason to punish yourself for it. In addition, there are solutions, which will be addressed a little later, both clinical and surgical, so let's see why you do not have a beard:
If your parents are tall, there is a good chance that you will be tall too. The same principles apply to beard growth: If your father (and his father) grew a nice, thick beard, chances are you will grow the same as well. Genetics simply determines a lot about us, from hair color to mental function.
The bottom line is that there is not much we can do about our genetics. We cannot take a pill that alters our genes and helps us achieve what we consider desirable traits. Still, if your beard is uneven, just like your father and grandfather's, hope is not lost yet. Keep reading.
Hormones are the main suspect when it comes to "why" you have irregular beards. Among the scientific reasons why irregular beard growth, for some men, is that the cheek area has weaker blood flow than other areas of the face. This is important because it means that fewer nutrients and growth hormones from the beard reach your cheeks.
Which brings us to hormones, specifically testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Testosterone, the same hormone that led us to puberty and maturity, affects the growth of the beard. Men with low testosterone levels sometimes have a harder time growing their beards, although that is not always the case.
While the beard follicles use testosterone, they also generate DHT, which is kind of like testosterone's bigger and more muscular brother. DHT has a great influence on male characteristics.
Now, to more science (wait a little longer): Your hair follicles need something called 5-alpha-reductase to use testosterone and DHT. If you don't have enough 5-alpha-reductase, your beard growth is limited.
Here's the problem, however, excessive DHT levels are one of the causes of male pattern baldness. So you seem doomed anyway, doomed if you don't consider hair growth in general. The good news is that 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors are currently available.
Most men do not suffer from alopecia areata. However, those who do have local baldness, which leaves small hairless holes in the densest areas of hair on your body, including the beard. However, it is a completely treatable condition and may even go away on its own.
We are all told to get enough sleep, eat the right foods, get plenty of exercise, and don't worry so much about things. These are all good tips for your overall health, including the health of your beard.
In regards to your diet, nutrients such as biotin and niacin help the growth of the beard, at least many studies say that it is so, so foods like eggs, avocado, milk, fish, sunflower seeds, etc., should be part of your regular diet.
No, you can't change your genetics, but you can give your beard a better chance to fight by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
When is a beard transplant required?
Follicular agenesis: During puberty and early adolescence, there is no correct follicular development given a low hormonal, genetic stimulation or some external factors.
Alopecia of the beard: There are many situations that can cause us to lose our beard, the main one being alopecia areata.
Aesthetics for burns or scars: Secondary to the healing from burn or scar processes, an aesthetic restoration may be required.
Beard filler: Generating more volume and density in men who like beards will always be a priority, here the famous phrase "It is never enough for me" applies.
Why should you think about a beard transplant?
While beard transplants are still relatively new, at least with respect to the number of men who have received them, the overall results have been good. It's not like playing a blowout between a natural-looking beard and one that looks like the boy in the corner garage.
Instead, you will most likely like the results and soon strut your daily life with the beard of your dreams.
PROS (Advantages) of a Beard Graft
So going back to the original question: why should you consider a beard transplant? Let's see:
YOU WILL GET THE BEARD YOU WANT
We are not only talking about a full and abundant beard that looks like the one used by a typical old woodcutter. One of the beauties of a beard transplant is that you can choose the beard style you want.
In fact, all you have to do is tell your beard transplant specialist exactly where you want your hair transplanted and how much. You choose the style, just as you choose the style of your haircut by looking at a photo in a magazine at your favorite hairdresser.
A MAN WITH A BEARD IS MORE ATTRACTIVE
If your beard grew and you suddenly feel like you're getting more attention from the opposite sex, believe it. It happens to many bearded men, it is not just a rumor. Several studies show that many women find men with facial hair more attractive than men with clean shaves.
In a 2013 study, women said that men with thick beards were the most attractive, and as facial hair grew denser, they found men increasingly masculine (and a good prospect for fatherhood). In addition, men who participated in the study found that men with heavy facial hair appeared more masculine than other men.
The study also suggests that men with an intermediate level of facial stubble (unshaven for a few days) are found by women to be more attractive as a sexual partner. And, again, the men with the most abundant beards obtained high marks regarding the potential capacity for fatherhood.
But wait, there's more:
Beards are strength
Studies also show that bearded men appear stronger than other men and provide a sense of security.
Beards are intelligence
Just look at some of the famous bearded men: Freud, Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, and many others like them. No one would say that these men are not smart.
Beards balance sensitivity and nervousness
Not that all bearded men are tough guys. Many also have a sensitive side and successfully combine both. Women love men who have advantages like the beards they help them have, but who also know how to be sensitive and romantic.
Beards show confidence
Beards not only make you appear more confident, but you will also feel more secure. Either because of the feeling of masculinity, because of the extra attention you receive from others (including the opposite sex), and that beards mean that you are more confident in your grooming skills, so your confidence gets a good boost.
Beard grafts cause little pain
It may seem that taking hair from another part of your body and transplanting it to your facial area is painful. The truth, however, is that it is practically painless. Since the incisions on the face are very minimal and do not hurt much more than a small prick, if they do.
Transplants are not just for your beard
You can also transplant hair to the eyebrows and sideburns in the same way. Or, in the same way, transplant it to almost any part of your body.
Recovery time is very short
Current beard transplant procedures offer much less recovery time compared to the past. You may experience a little redness and mild swelling in the facial area for a few days after the procedure, but nothing too severe.
It is true that you may have to reserve a day for the transplant, but you can always request it as a sick day. The procedure can take up to five hours (in some cases more), and in most cases a second round is usually not necessary.
You can shave and comb your beard as usual
Grafts from a beard transplant are permanent. That means you can shave and comb your beard like you normally would after the transplant procedure.
CONS (Disadvantages) of the Beard Transplant
Beard transplants help men achieve exactly the beard style they want. They increase their self-confidence and, as studies show, they can make them more attractive to women.
But there are also some downsides to having a beard transplant:
There is no way to avoid it: beard transplants will challenge your budget, some men are intimidated by the cost of the beard transplant. The procedure can cost up to $ 150,000 Mexican pesos or more. It is true that you get the satisfaction and benefits of having a thick beard, but it is not cheap by any means. The question of how much a beard transplant costs is an important one.
You will sacrifice hair from other parts of your body
In many cases, the hair used for beard transplants comes from the back of the scalp because it closely resembles hair that grows in the chin and cheek area. But, hey, the hair has to come from somewhere, and it's not like you had any bald spots visible on your scalp.
Transplanted hair falls out in three weeks
Wait to? Yes, it's true: A natural side effect of a beard transplant is hair loss. Do not panic, as it is a temporary side effect and your hair will fully grow back in the time set by your doctor. In other words, temporary detachment is simply part of the process to get the beard you've always wanted.
Cost or price of the Beard Graft
As mentioned earlier, beard transplants are not cheap. On the other hand, compared to other procedures that people use to improve their appearance, they may not be too expensive.
And, if getting a full, good-looking beard is really important to you, then the cost of a transplant, while of course not secondary, is worth the investment.
You can expect to pay between $ 60,000 and $ 300,000 Mexican pesos for a beard transplant; of course, for a successful transplant and a reputable clinic. You can find cheaper transplants, no doubt, but be sure to thoroughly evaluate the clinic and verify the criticisms of patients who have had the transplant in that clinic.
The costs they may vary from clinic to clinic and some clinics may charge for grafting. So the total cost is the number of grafts multiplied by the price per graft. Other clinics charge per session, but the graft price model is helpful, as some patients require more grafts than others.
Something else to consider is that some clinics have an extra cost per consultation, which can be approximately $ 5,000 to $ 6,000 Mexican pesos (maybe less). If you need to see a dermatologist to determine why facial hair can't grow, then you may have to pay some other fee.
Sure, you may be able to find some relatively cheap beard transplants, but then again make sure you know what you're getting for that price. The bottom line is that it is always better to pay for a good quality beard transplant than to skimp on the cost and get a transplant that you will regret all your life.
Basic Concepts of the Beard Graft
We have talked about many things related to the beard transplant, but we want to get into the details.
It is more a question of how it is made than of what it is, since the term beard transplant gives a fairly clear idea of what it is in general. Here are the basics:
- The hair used for a beard transplant comes from another part of the patient's head. Most often, hair comes from the back of the head or under the chin. The hair on your head has a slightly different structure and diameter than the pre-existing hair on your beard, which can make it a little more difficult to match.
- Once the hair follicles are removed, the surgeon transplants them into the bald parts of the beard.
- An average of 4,000 to 7,000 hair follicle grafts are required in a typical procedure, although only 2,500 may be needed for a full beard. Some surgeons may use two hairs per graft to give the beard a more natural appearance.
- The surgeon must maneuver the hair at the proper angle so that it grows in the correct direction.
Types of Beard Transplant
The two main types of beard transplants are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Both involve a technique in which surgeons extract hair from the donor area.
En a beard transplant by FUE, individual hairs are grafted one by one from the donor area and implanted in a larger area. Only small white circular scars remain. The surgeon can usually remove one in five follicles, but the results vary depending on the doctor and the quality of the procedure.
FUE is the most common beard transplant procedure.
Un beard transplant by FUT involves taking a small strip of tissue from the donor site using a microscopic dissection process. The surgeon then closes the edge of the wound, leaving a single fine linear scar.
Comparison between FUE technique or FUT.
For further comparison, let's look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of the two procedures. In most cases, the FUE procedure stands out:
- Among the advantages of the FUE procedure are that it does not leave a linear scar (like the FUT procedure) and has a faster recovery time. This has many obvious advantages, including that patients can return to their daily activities quickly.
- The FUE procedure, as mentioned, leaves small white scars that are difficult to see, even in regions of the scalp where the hair is short. And although scars can cover a wider area than FUT scars, they are very difficult to detect.
- The comfort level of the FUE procedure is higher than that of the FUT since most patients have reported no or few complaints.
- A FUT strip provides more hair, which can make it easier to achieve great results in the implant area.
- The FUT donor strip comes from the middle of the donor area to obtain a sufficient number of grafts.
FUE or FUT technique?
Given the precision of the FUE technique, it is the one we recommend and use the most in the clinic.
While the FUSS technique requires the extraction of a strip of follicles, the FUE method extracts follicular units.
The FUE technique is the one that we recommend to the patient who wants the freedom to shave the beard without fear of the scars being seen, although we consider that both techniques are useful if the specialist is an expert.
The intervention lasts an average of four to six hours on average, and can be extended up to twelve or sixteen.
You must make a meticulous and detailed work. In addition to making the incisions and grafts with total precision, great care must be taken to respect the growth angle of each follicle.
Before, during and after the Beard Graft
We've already talked a little bit about how a beard transplant works, but potential transplant patients have understandably a lot of question. For example, what is the origin of the hair used for transplantation, which is most often taken from the back of the scalp because its nature is very similar to that of facial hair.
Again, the transplant procedure, particularly during a FUE transplant, is relatively quick. In most cases, a facial hair transplant will take no more than five hours.
In very rare cases, the first hair transplant will take longer and a second transplant may be necessary. But let's take a better look at the beard transplant before and after.
Patients should take some precautions before surgery, such as not taking any aspirin-containing medication 10 days before the transplant. They also shouldn't take anti-inflammatory medications or drink alcohol three days before the procedure.
They should take one vitamin C tablet once a day for a full week before transplant, which will aid the healing process.
On the day of surgery, avoid drinking caffeinated beverages in the morning, as they can increase bleeding and sensitivity to medications.
Beard Transplant Procedure
The procedure is ambulatory, therefore it does not require hospitalization. The patient can go to rest at home the same day of surgery. The duration of the procedure will depend on each case and the number of follicles to be implanted. On average the duration varies from 3-10 hours. In the beard transplant procedure by the FUE technique it consists of 4 stages:
- Patient preparation: In this step vital signs are taken and the patient is explained how the procedure will be performed.
- Follicle extraction: in this part anesthesia is applied in the area to be worked. The micro-incisions are made and the necessary follicles are extracted one by one.
- Preparation and design of the implant area: In this part, the doctor explains to the patient how the grafts will be placed.
- Placement of the grafts: This part of the process is when the follicles are placed one by one. Depending on the doctor and the place where it is performed, there will be variations in the implant technique.
Small crusts form around newly transplanted hair during the first five days after the procedure. If the scab formation lasts more than a week, you should contact your surgeon. Many surgeons advise against washing your face until the scabs have fallen off.
Common postoperative medications include an antibiotic that prevents infection in the donor area. The doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic ointment to be applied to the donor area for up to five days after the transplant.
Don't worry if your hair or hair begins to fall out after two to three weeks. It is a natural part of the process, but after three months you should notice a noticeable improvement in the amount and thickness of your facial hair.
Side Effects of Beard Transplantation
Does a beard transplant generate side effects?
Some, but nothing serious. They may include:
- Mild bruising
- Sensitivity in the donor and recipient area
- Ingrown hairs
Patients generally shave again a week to 10 days after transplant, when the visible signs of the procedure usually disappear within a week. The transplanted area should be kept dry for five days after surgery. Recovery from the beard transplant is generally smooth and with little or no pain.
Most patients also have doubts about whether their transplanted beard will look natural. In the hands of an expert clinic and surgeon, the answer is a resounding yes. Which makes it even more important that you do some research before choosing the clinic where you will perform your procedure.
What is the difference between a hair graft and a beard transplant?
A common question among those considering a beard transplant is, how the procedure differs from a hair transplant on the scalp. Although the differences are not necessarily important, one of them is that there are slight differences between the characteristics of the scalp and those of the beard.
Beard and mustache hairs consist primarily of single-hair units. Beard growth begins during puberty (although not always evident) and is potentiated by androgens, that is, male sex hormones, and increases in density for approximately the next 20 years.
Furthermore, increased androgen action causes hair loss on the scalp and can lead to male pattern baldness. The hair follicles on the scalp, in some men, are more sensitive to certain male hormones.
It is also worth noting that the growth and density of the beard are different for men from different ethnic groups; For example, Middle Eastern and Indian men tend to have thicker beards, while Caucasian and African men also have good density, higher compared to Eastern men.
But in general the density of the hair in the areas of the face and the beard is less than that of the hair on the scalp. However, beard hair shares many similarities with scalp hair, although beard hair is generally more elliptical in shape compared to the oval (or circular) shape of scalp hair.
While the basic principles of transplantation are the same for the scalp and beard, the planning of each procedure differs. For a beard transplant, the doctor must examine the entire face to determine how many grafts are required.
Extraction of grafts from the donor area is very similar for beard and scalp grafting procedures (as is routinely done in the FUE procedure), but the biggest difference is in the distribution of the grafts as well as in the design of the receiving area.
The area under the chin can be a donor site during a beard transplant, but the most common and preferred method is the scalp-to-beard method. Meanwhile, in a hair transplant, the surgeon can remove body hair, such as chest hair.
The area under the chin can be a donor site during a beard transplant, but the most common and preferred method is the scalp-to-beard method. Meanwhile, in a hair transplant, the surgeon can remove body hair (donor area), such as chest hair.
A big difference between the two procedures is that surgeons make smaller incisions while transplanting hair into the facial region.
One of the positive aspects of hair and beard transplants is that they provide permanent results. In other words, you won't have to worry about your beard becoming irregular after undergoing the procedure.
Manual transplant vs. Motorized
Technological advances in the field of hair and beard transplants in recent years include the use of automated devices that can perform the FUE procedure. These devices, in most cases, quickly pierce the scalp to remove follicular units.
Automated devices can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for the transplant procedure, but there are a variety of drawbacks. On the one hand, the devices cannot replicate the tactile sensation that a surgeon has and needs, which allows him to have a better feeling and knowledge of the resistance of the tissue.
Tactile “feedback” gives the surgeon a greater degree of comfort during the FUE procedure to produce better results. That kind of feeling and feedback is sacrificed in favor of speed during a motorized procedure. Automated devices also cause more damage to hair follicles during removal, as well as leave larger wounds by piercing the scalp during removal.
Alternatives to Medical Treatments for Beard
You may have researched and analyzed your options regarding beard transplants. But, whether for the price or other reasons, you would like to explore other alternatives for beard growth. The good news is that you have more options.
Perhaps the most common, at least among real products, is minoxidil. Also known as Rogaine. Minoxidil It is FDA approved and there are thousands of men who say they have had great results using it.
However, be aware that minoxidil is not a permanent solution like a beard transplant.
How Minoxidil Works:
Scientists are still not 100% sure how minoxidil causes hair growth. In fact, its original use was to lower blood pressure; However, a side effect was hair growth. Scientists say it stimulates blood circulation in the hair follicles. And better blood flow means more hormones and nutrients reach the hair roots and stimulate growth.
In its most fundamental sense, minoxidil prolongs the anagen phase of hair cells. There are three phases of hair growth: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen, and during the Anagen phase is when the hair grows. A shortened Anagen phase means less hair growth.
Minoxidil also stimulates an enzyme called prostaglandin synthase-1 through the immune system. Many scientists believe that hair loss has a connection to changes in the immune system.
Minoxidil foam is the most popular type used for hair loss. It is more expensive than liquid minoxidil, but it dries twice as fast.
The liquid is the original form of minoxidil / rogaine used for hair loss. It is less expensive than foam, but takes longer to dry. You can apply it twice a day.
So Minoxidil has FDA approval and proven results. What is the trap? Well, again, it is not a permanent solution and you should continue applying it, in most cases, twice a day, as part of your daily routine. Some minor side effects include:
- Dry skin: dry skin is more frequent when using the liquid version.
- Fast or irregular heartbeat.
- Low Blood Pressure: That is not a big surprise considering that Minoxidil started as a medication to treat high blood pressure. Just be careful that your blood pressure doesn't drop too low. Also, don't use it as a substitute for your regularly prescribed blood pressure medication.
- Potential Weight Gain: Weight gain has been mentioned by some patients as a possible side effect of Minoxidil, but weight gain is often due to many factors, including lifestyle and diet.
BEARD GROWTH AND SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin supplements for the beard have a mixture of vitamins that can increase the growth of the beard and also improve its density and overall quality. A beard supplement is not intended to generate new hair growth, but to assist in the process.
One of the key ingredients in this type of supplement is biotin, which helps maintain beard growth while preventing facial hair from falling out. Vitamin C and zinc are other important ingredients found in beard supplements.
Other products like beard oil, beard shampoos and soaps, and beard sprays will help your beard become healthier and can help deal with gaps.
CHANGES IN LIFESTYLE
Some other ways to get a healthier beard include diet, exercise, avoiding stress, and getting enough sleep. Diet is important for many reasons, including that a proper diet means you probably won't have to take a beard supplement to get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Additionally, men who maintain a healthy diet are more likely to lose weight, and losing weight increases testosterone levels, which helps with the formation and growth of facial hair.
Additionally, men who maintain a healthy diet are more likely to lose weight, and losing weight increases testosterone levels, which helps with the formation and growth of facial hair.
Exercise increases blood flow to the scalp and skin, which means that more oxygen and nutrients are transported to those areas. Exercise also increases testosterone levels, while sweating during exercise helps remove toxins, waste products, and decongest hair follicles.
Experts say getting enough sleep can also affect beard growth. Lack of sleep has a variety of negative effects on your body and your overall health, including the fact that it lowers testosterone levels. If you don't sleep at least 7 hours a night, you won't give your beard a chance to fight.
Another alternative to a beard transplant is hormone therapy. If your beard growth failure is due to hormonal deficiency, a qualified doctor may prescribe pills, creams, or even hormone injections. Note: There are many health risks related to hormone therapy, so make sure you know what you're getting into and that a doctor authorizes it.
Stages of the Beard and Mustache Transplant
Stages of the beard and mustache graft:
- Until day five: sensitivity is experienced in the area due to the recent intervention. The most common is to feel tightness or "stiff face" and notice redness and inflammation. Scabs will arise, derived from the healing process and small formations of dry skin will emerge. The transplant doctor gives the patient certain recommendations for cleaning time and there is also a certain restriction regarding food.
It is vital to resist the temptation to scratch at any itch that may arise. We must bear in mind that it is a newly implanted follicle, which makes it vulnerable to being torn off if we treat the area in the usual way or scratch ourselves vigorously. ”
During the first days, it is also necessary to take precautions to sleep, since although the head can be supported, the face should not be supported on the pillow. This is because involuntary movements while sleeping could also cause the transplanted follicles to be torn off.
- From day six to fifteen: the first symptoms diminish, the scabs fall off and dry skin and the discomfort finally disappear.
- From the third month: Hair begins to grow, but it is a slow process in which there may be a momentary regress.
- Between eight and twelve months: the final effect of the transplant occurs. It is in this period that the patient will be able to appreciate the definitive growth of his beard.
During the first times, the hair grows slow and this is something that can cause anxiety. Therefore, it must be known that the results are not immediate.
Video: Complete Guide to Beard Transplant
El beard transplant cost (as well as the mustache), it is between 30,000 and 120,000 Mexican pesos on average (1,500 to 6,000 Dollars). Remember that the cost will depend on the quality and reputation of the Clinic, the Certifications of the Physician who performs it, the technique used, among others.
If you want more information about the prices and costs of the beard transplant read our article Beard Graft Price.
The beard transplant procedure hard some of six to eight hours on average. But it can take up to 16 hours. Remember that this will also depend on the characteristics of the patient, the skill of the hair surgeon, the technique used, the type of hair of the patient and the desired density.
As for how long this grafted beard lasts during your life, we can tell you that it will be forever, you will have a permanent result.
If you want more information you can visit our article How Long Does the Hair Grafting Procedure Take? o Is Transplanted Hair Permanent?
- Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venearology: https://aedv.es/comunicacion/notas-de-prensa/transplante-de-la-barba/