Isn’t a man bun/top knot with a beard an excellent combination? It is the latest trend. A man with a beard looks manlier, more mature, and even physically stronger. In most men, a thick beard comes naturally, whereas others don’t have desired beard growth. Such men can blame their genes, skin condition, and hormones for ruining their dream of having a stylish beard. For men who want to have a beard, but have problems growing them, beard transplantation is the best solution.
Beard transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves removing the hair follicles from the donor site (usually from the back and bottom of the scalp) and grafting them on the bald patches of the beard area. An average of 4000 to 7000 grafts can be transplanted one by one for having a complete beard. In some cases, the surgeon might use two hairs per graft to give a more natural look.
Many men undergo beard transplantation to cover a scar on the jaw area, or to just to get a stylish beard. A man who has thin hair, bald patches or inadequate beard hair due to genetic, hormonal problems, burns or any injuries is considered an ideal candidate for beard transplantation.
ADVANTAGES OF BEARD TRANSPLANTATION
Apart from being minimally invasive, causing less pain, and having shorter recovery time; beard transplantation gives one a striking look and the freedom to choose the right beard style.
Beard transplantation can be done in two different ways. They are:
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is the most common technique, in which individual hair follicles are obtained from the donor site and grafted over a large area at the recipient site. A special implanter device is used to implant the hair follicles at the site where the thinning has occurred.
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT), also referred to as strip procedure, involves extracting a small strip of tissue from the donor site and transplanting it onto the bald patches of the beard area.
PROCEDURE OF HAIR TRANSPLANT
Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will examine the face and plan the average number of grafts required for the transplantation. For having a successful hair transplantation, the person needs to follow few pre-surgical measures like:
It is a one-day procedure so ask a friend to accompany and drive you home after transplantation.
ON THE DAY TRANSPLANTATION
The surgeon will examine the donor site, which is not predisposed to hair thinning. Now, under the influence of local anesthesia, hair follicles are removed from the donor site. These hair follicles are stored in a cold and wet environment until the transplantation is performed. Once the surgeon plans the recipient area, the transplantation is performed either using FUE or FUT technique.
AFTER THE TRANSPLANTATION
Small crusts may form around the transplanted area and are common, it may last for 4-5 days. Washing the face is not advised until the crusts fall off. The transplanted area must be kept clean and dry for a few days after the surgery. You will be advised to take the prescribed antibiotics to prevent the risk of infections at the donor site. After three weeks, there might be temporary shedding of hair from the transplanted beard, which is common with this procedure. Shaving can be resumed a week or ten days after the transplantation. Improvement in the amount and thickness of the beard hair can be seen only after three months. The quality of the hair roots is maintained for up to two years.
As a part of the post-care regimen, the surgeon may advise you to follow these steps:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Once the doctor considers you as an eligible candidate for beard transplantation, the process begins. Initially, you will be briefed about the procedure and steps to be taken before the transplantation.
On the day of the surgery, the doctor administers local anesthesia on the donor site and collect the hair follicles. The hair follicles are stored until the transplantation is performed. Once the location of beard thinning is determined, a special implanter device is used to implant the graft.
The results of beard transplantation are permanent. Most men obtain the desired effect in a single treatment session, and some may require the second session to obtain the desired outcome.
Minoxidil, in the form of cream, liquid, and foam, is used to promote hair growth. Minoxidil is not recommended for facial use. However, many people use it to grow a beard and have also noticed a great improvement in their beard growth with its use. But, this is not permanent. Once a person stops using minoxidil, he starts losing beard hair again.
Excess facial movement after beard transplantation may cause pain at the transplanted site and also interfere with the outcome. So, avoid too much of facial movements even while eating. You need to have only liquids and puree for a few weeks. Vitamin and mineral supplements promote healthy beard growth, so take them as suggested. Regular exercise is recommended to improve blood circulation, which is key for facial hair growth.
Having a beard transplant will allow you to take complete control over your looks and beard styles. But, like all other surgeries, beard transplantation also leaves some minor scars that are usually covered by the beard hair.
Many men dream about having a thick and gorgeous beard; follow these tips to make your dream of having a beard come true:
Take care of the facial skin: Washing, cleaning, and exfoliating the face regularly is the foundation for obtaining a thick and healthy beard.
Exercise: Some exercises, such as walking, running, cycling, and dancing improves testosterone levels in men. Improved levels of testosterone promote hair growth. Additionally, exercise also improves blood circulation that provides sufficient nutrients to obtain thick and stronger beard.
Manage stress: Stress reduces testosterone levels in men, and reduction in this hormone levels have a negative impact on beard growth. So, avoid stress.
Healthy diet: The hair is made of protein filaments and including a diet rich in protein, such as eggs, nuts, and kale may promote beard growth.
Vitamin and mineral supplements: Taking vitamin and mineral supplement regularly with a well-balanced diet make beard looks fuller and thicker in a few days.
Beard oil: Regular application of beard oil made of natural ingredients moisturizes beard and eliminates beard itch, thereby promoting beard growth.
Trim the beard properly: Do not trim the beard, until it reached a significant length.
Before undergoing beard transplantation, a person can choose the type of beard he is expecting. If a goatee (a small pointed beard) is expected, then 1200 to 1500 grafts are required. Full beard usually requires 2500 to 3000 grafts, but sometimes if the thinning is too much, then 4000 to 7000 grafts may be required. Additionally, to give the more natural and fuller look, the surgeon may use two hair-grafts instead of single hair-graft.
Yes, you can shave after a week or ten days of transplantation. After the transplantation, the face becomes sensitive or tender, so the person should shave gently with care.
It is a myth that shaving helps in growing facial hair. Every hair on the face and body grows from a follicle. When a person shaves, he is just cutting the hair present above the skin. This does not change or affect the follicle.