beard transplant

Beard Transplant

In this article, Dr. Hakan Doganay will share information about beard deficiency or its total absence reasons and transplantation. You will also find answers to such questions as: How is the beard transplant made? Who is suitable for it? What are the after operation phases? What is the price of the procedure? Beard transplantation is extensively operated in our country’s many cities, mainly in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya.

All of the facial hair located under the chin, on cheekbones, chin, and throat is called a beard. In Arab and Turkish societies beard takes an important place expressing the image and outer message. Beard starts growing up between the ages of 15 and 16, by 20 it gets completely matured.

Beard is crucial for loads of men. The absence of a beard or mustache can cause defection or dearth problems. Some men grow a beard to charm women. Those who like creating own style can make stubble or goatee beard. It is believed that women are more attracted to bearded men. However, researches do not confirm this. Sometimes beard is a subject of competition that illustrates the status among men. According to researches, Hollywood celebrities with beards draw more attention.

Beard implants is a procedure for those who are not satisfied with their beard. The solution for mustache and beard deficiency is found due to the development of the FUE hair transplantation method. Therefore the interest for beard transplants is growing. Well, when is the implantation made?

What are the Reasons of Beard Deficiency or Absence?

There are some reasons why mustache and beard roots do not grow. Sometimes it is a genetic problem transmitted from birth.  It can also be a subsequent cause such as a result of trauma, burns, and infections; in this case, beard implantation is applicable.

Beard Deficiency from Birth

Beardless: The situation when beard and mustache are not inherent. Normally mustache and beard implantation’s are made all at once, because they are related to hormones. People with no beards usually look younger than they are, which is why they feel unconfident psychologically. Beardless man face gains feminine traits; to get masculine face expression one needs beard. People in West and South Asia have thicker hair comparing to East and South-East Asians, whose hair is weaker and thinner. Caucasian origin men have 20-50 hairs within one square centimeter, while South Asians maintain 150 hairs.

There are two major reasons of Beardless

  • Deficit Of Testosterone Hormone: If the problem is determined in early age, testosterone hormone based medicine can support the growth of beard.
  • Deficit of alpha-5 reductase enzyme that provides the conversion of testosterone to its active metabolite, dihydrotestosterone.

Subsequent Beard Deficiency Causes

The loss of beard after burns, surgeries, wound scars, and other cases like car accidents. 

Since hair follicles are permanently damaged in post-trauma areas, the only most efficient solution is transplantation. Strongly explicit scars can be covered by the hairs after the operation. The view of injured or burn spots without a beard is not sympathetic. Moreover, beard transplant can cover teen pimple scars

Alopecia areata

Deficiency or absence of mustache and beard is called pelade disease. It is caused by stress and psychological disorders. If there is no success at medical treatment, transplantation can be applied. When the disease lasts long, the deficiency of a partial beard mustache may occur.

Traction Alopecia. The hair loss caused by constant tearing, which can be related to physiological problems.

Dissatisfied with Beard Rareness

  • Beard rareness. Acceptable for somebody can be treated as abnormal by others. Important is the way one wants to see himself and this choice should be respected. A person, who has no hormone or metabolic problems, may want to have a specific beard shape. He can refer to Hair Density operation or correct asymmetry issues. These situations are not related to Beardless. The method is also suitable for transsexuals who want to grow a beard.
  • Partial Beard Deficiency. Some people can have a beard shortage in a few square centimeters. In this case, 100-200 grafts can be implanted. The procedure is determined after examination of a beard nature.

What is Beard Implant? Who is it Suitable for?

Planting the hair roots taken from the nape or other beard areas to the targeted areas in cases of full pelade, partial absence, or general beard deficiency is called beard transplant. Below you can see the marked pre-operation photo of partial Beardless case. In the case of beardless, it is advisable to wait until the hormone level settles down, approximately between the ages of 24-25. Beard transplant can be applied if there is no response to medical treatment.

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How is Beard and Mustache Transplant Made?

Beard Transplant Stages. The beard transplantation process consists of several phases, lets have a look:

  1. Pre-examination and Planning
  2. Donor Area Anesthesia
  3. Roots Extraction from Donoring Area
  4. Recipient Area Anesthesia
  5. Grafts Transplant to Recipient Area

Pre-Examination and Planning

Firstly the beard recipient area is identified and marked. The accuracy of a doctor is essential here, he also should value the patient’s opinion. Many patients bring celebrities’ photos willing to have the same beard, this should be treated positively. It is also crucial to keep symmetry while marking areas. During planning the doctor determines the grafts number, their quality, and recipient zone in square centimeters.

When the case is absolute beardless many grafts are needed. In this situation, the second operation is scheduled a year after, the patient is pre-informed about this. It is important to let the patient, willing to undergo beard or hair transplantation, know in advance the appropriate grafts number.

Donor Area Anesthesia and Roots Extraction

Anesthesia is applied to the donor area first during beard and mustache transplantation. The reaction to pain varies depending on the pain sustainability of a person. Some people feel strong pain while others refer it to insignificant. This completely up to an individual. Grafts are extracted by the FUE method from dense or thick-haired areas (individual to each beard type). Other body parts hair is not suitable for beard implantation. When transplanting beard, attention should be paid to grafts’ being single. Stuck grafts should be isolated into single roots, this is important for creating a natural look. We will not get into very details of extracting grafts now. All in all, the operation is made with the FUE method. If there are not too many hairs in the donor area, grafts can be taken without shaving.

Hair Transplant to Recipient Area

There are two stages: first is recipient area anesthesia and implantation of grafts.

Recipient Area Anesthesia

The recipient area is anesthetized locally for the patient to not feel any pain or ache. The grafts are collected from the chin, cheek, sideburns, and throat lower parts according to the need. In beard transplantation anesthesia infraorbital and mental nerve block is preferred. The face area is very sensitive, ice can be applied to the anesthetized zone to relieve the pain. If necessary, sedative drugs can be prescripted. It is better to do anesthesia on mouth and mustache areas after the patient had a meal.

Beard Transplant

We use the implanter Pen technique for beard implantation. There are also Dhi and Choi transplantation methods in our country. In addition to that, there is a spiny implantation option called Stick and Place, where 20-22 G hypodermic needles are used. We, as classic FUE implementers, find the channel transplantation method unappropriate. The sideburns and cheeks area should be implanted first, then the chin and under the chin.

These pictures show before the operation, on the second day, and after 20 day progress.

beard hair transplant

The angle determination is more difficult in the channel method. It is worth remembering that angle identification is very important in the beard and mustache transplantation, it guarantees a natural look. Beard roots should normally be planted with a degree of 15-25. It is quite easy to sow with the PEN at desired angles, therefore, achieving equal to natural result is not surprising. Additionally, a distinct advantage is a less bleeding and faster-wound healing process.

Pain strength is unique to each part of the mustache or beard. Grafts implant identically to their growing angle and site is the best approach.  Beard hair on cheekbones, cheeks, and throat grows under the angle of 15-20 degree, while on chin the angle is 25-30. If the implantation is not processed according to the suitable direction, the hair gets an unnatural look. It is also worth making a small diameter of channels. We use pens at 0.6 and 0.8 mm, which is why there are no scars remained after the operation. The doctor’s assistant stretches the skin in the opposite direction during the procedure, which makes implantation easier, facial skin is very dynamic.

We give a mirror to the patient after the operation to get the feedback, this also helps to examine the symmetry of the implanted area. Slight changes can be made upon the patient’s request.

After Transplantation Stages

There is no difference between phases after hair and beard transplantation. The recovery after beard transplantation lasts shorter.

Important Points

There are no specific restrictions after mustache and beards transplantation. You can continue your routine life yet you should avoid hard physical activities. A few days after the operation you mush be careful with sleeping position. It is crucial to sleep on back, otherwise, the implanted area can be affected. The implanted hairs can be damaged or defected because of friction or contact with pillow.

  • Redness. The redness normally lasts for one week after the operation. It is derived from the implanted roots. In a week after the procedure skin of the implanted area starts peeling off. By the 10th day, the epidermis turns back to its normal state. 
  • Washing  After Beard Transplant. Some doctors prohibit washing the implanted area for 3-5 days though we do not agree with this, we permit it the next day. Since the transplantation area is a part of the face it is simply washable. You can clean the area in 24 hours after the operation, moreover, you can easily do it by yourself. In the beginning, you will see the scrabs clearly. It is also acceptable to wash the implanted area a few times a day.
  • Shaving After the Transplantation. Shaving is allowed 10-15 days after the operation.
  • The Shock Loss After the Beard Transplant. The shock loss of transplanted hair is expected phase after the operation. This ordinary stage follows in 15-20 days after the procedure. You should not be worried because lost grafts will develop again in 4-6 months

Complications After Beard Transplant

  • Unnatural Look. An unnatural appearance can occur due to the wrong angles of a beard transplant. This issue was mentioned previously. Correct angles and very accurate slots are essential for a natural look. Inappropriate beard roots can be removed individually with the FUE method.
  • The Tuber Look. There may be a tuber look when the beard roots are partly puffy. This usually appears when the hair roots are long, so the implantation depth should be adjusted carefully. Transplantation of very thin roots is not appropriate.
beard and mustache transplant

What is the Beard Transplant Cost?

One of the actual questions for mustache and beard transplant candidates is operation price. Beard Transplant Cost is slightly higher than the hair transplantation. This is because it requires more accuracy and experience. Hair transplant cost depends on the place and doctor rank. Some hospitals determine the price independently from graft volume while we calculate the cost based on graft numbers.

Due to legal restrictions, we cannot publish beard transplant prices on our website. If you contact us we will be happy to provide you with more detailed information. It is important to mention that the number of implanted beard, mustache grafts should not be exaggerated. In other countries, transplantation cost varies depending on graft volume from 5.000 to 20.000 USD.

To get an approximate understanding of beard transplant cost you can check related websites and forums on the internet. You can also find useful links on our forum. Occasionally people get attracted by celebrities who overgone this operation. It is commonly believed that the best places to do transplantation are ones where famous people had it. In our article named the best hair transplant clinics, you can find more details about the topic. We advise you to select an approach carefully because this general attitude is not always reliable.

Beard Transplant Results

beard hair transplantation

People who appeal to beard transplantation are often questioned about the outcome. As was mentioned previously, it is essential to do proper planning for the operation. The transplanted beard and mustache look must be as natural as possible, implantation should not be noticeable. If transplanted beard hairs are not places correctly, they grow in the wrong direction which can cause serious discomfort. In this case, another session is needed to correct or cover defected areas.

We also recommend you stay off from different sprays or medical advertisements in the market promising a beard growth. Please keep in mind that there is no medicine in the world for eliciting hair. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow our transplantation developments and outcomes. Follow us on social media: Facebook and Instagram. You can also contact our mobile 0090 533 247 1990 , this number has Whatsapp where we are open to consult you based on your photos. Dr. Hakan Doganay has been committed to beard transplant surgeries in Antalya for more than 10 years.

Mustache and Beard Transplant videos

You can find many videos about the beard, mustache transplantation on the internet. Usually, the videos better illustrate the operation outcome. If you get in touch with us, we will provide you more detailed information on transplantation results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many grafts are implanted during transplantation?

The number of grafts at each session varies due to beard quality. It is better to divide implantation into several sessions rather than transplanting all at once. Here is a sufficient number of grafts based on the area:
Mustache area: 300-1000 grafts
Cheek area (single cheek): 1000-1500 grafts
Whiskers area (single side): 300-350 grafts
Chin area (goatee style beard): 500-800 grafts

When can I shave after the transplantation?

It is advisable to shave fort he first time 15-20 days after the operation.

Will these be any scars after the transplantation?

There will be no scars as we use 0,6 and 0,8 pen method needles.

Is hair transplantation permissible?

Many patients are referring to us with this question. Although we cannot provide any answer because we serve only as an assistant for transplanting hairs from one area into another. It is better to independently search for information based on your religious beliefs or address to knowledgeable people

Where should I have the transplantation?

The preference should be given to the specialist rather than to the place. We advise you to refer to a successful doctor with a nice reputation. You may face disappointments if the operation was not done professionally.

How does the beard grow?

There is no other way to permanently grow beard hair besides transplantation. Do not spend your money on ineffective solutions. Such options at minoxil can only help to strengthen weak hairs as long as it is used.

Does garlic help to cultivate beard?

There is no confirmation about garlic and hair growth connection in science.

Does minoxidil elicit beard?

Minoxidil helps to strengthen current weak hair forcing blood circulation in capillaries. Many people with beardless have got false beliefs regarding this medication, it is not possible to grow a beard from an empty area

How long can the beard grow in one day?

The beard is fastest growing hair type on human body. Its growth varies between 2,5 and 3 mm per day.


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