beard transplant

Beard Transplant

On this page Dr. Hakan Doganay shares reasons for beard deficiency or its total absence and provides unique information about beard transplant. You will also find answers to such questions as: How is beard transplant done? Who is suitable for beard transplant? What should be done after beard transplant? What is beard transplant cost? Beard transplantation is extensively operated in our country’s many cities, mainly in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya.

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 many men. Beard or mustache absence 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 implant is a procedure for people who are not satisfied with their beard. The solution for mustache and beard deficiency is found due to the development of the FUE hair transplant method. Therefore the interest for beard transplant is growing. Well, when is the implantation made?

What are Beard Deficiency or Absence Reasons?

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 implant is done during a single session, 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

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 beard transplant. Strongly explicit scars can be covered by the hairs after the operation. Injured or burn spots missing beard hair does not look sympathetic. Beard transplant can also cover teen pimple scars.

Alopecia areata

Mustache/beard deficiency or absence called pelade disease. It is caused by stress and psychological disorders. If there is no success at medical treatment, beard transplant is a great solution. When this 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. The way one wants to see himself is important 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 beard density increase operation or correct asymmetry issues. These situations are not related to Beardless. The method is also suitable for transsexuals who want to grow 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 Suitable for Beard Transplant?

Beard transplant is hair roots implantation to the recipient areas in cases of full pelade, partial absence, or general beard deficiency. These roots or so called grafts are collected from nape or other beard parts. The picture below shows pre-operation design in partial Beardless case. In the case of total beardless, it is recommended to wait until hormone level settles down, approximately between the ages of 24-25. Beard transplant can be done when there is no response to medical treatment.

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How is Beard and Mustache Transplant Done?

Beard Transplant Stages. Beard transplant process has several phases, these are:

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

Pre-Examination and Planning

Firstly, doctor examines and marks beard recipient area to show an approximate result to the patient and exchange ideas. It is also crucial to keep symmetry while designing new beard. Doctor must determine the grafts number, their quality, and calculate recipient area in square centimeters. Many patients bring celebrities’ photos willing to have the same beard, this should be treated positively.

When the case is absolute beardless many grafts may be 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 transplant, know in advance the appropriate grafts number.

Donor Area Anesthesia and Roots Extraction

Anesthesia is applied to the donor area in mustaches and beard transplant to numb the skin for extraction. Pain reaction 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 must be 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 implant. Only single grafts have to be used for beard transplant. Multiple grafts should be divided into single follicles to get more natural look. To sum up, grafts collection is made by FUE method after donor area is anaesthetised. If donor area does not maintain many grafts, they can be taken without shaving.

Hair Transplant on Recipient Area

There are two phases in this procedure: recipient area anesthesia and hair implant.

Recipient Area Anesthesia

Recipient area is anesthetized to block any kind on pain. Grafts are collected from the chin, cheek, sideburns, and throat lower parts according to the need. Infraorbital and mental nerve block is the most preferred in beard transplant. Face skin is very sensitive, ice can be applied to the anesthetized zone to relieve the pain and if necessary, sedative drugs can be prescripted. Mouth and mustache anesthesia is better to be applied after a patient had a meal.

Beard Transplant

We use the implanter Pen technique for beard implant. There are also a few other techniques that show great results, such as Dhi and Choi hair transplant. A spiny implantation option called Stick and Place, where 20-22 G hypodermic needles are used, is also a good method. As classic FUE implementers, we find the channel transplant method the least preferable.

These pictures show beard transplant progress from before the operation state, on the second day, and after 20 days.

beard hair transplant

It is difficult to identify correct angle in channel method. However, angle identification is very important in the mustache and beard transplant, it guarantees a natural look. Beard roots should normally be implanted under 15-25 degrees. 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 of DHI is a less bleeding and faster-wound healing.

Pain strength is unique to each part of the mustache or beard. Grafts implant identically to their growing angles and sites is the best approach.  Beard hair on cheekbones, cheeks, and throat grows under the angle of 15-20 degrees, while on chin the angle is 25-30. Beard transplant gone wrong when roots are not implanted according to the suitable direction. It is also worth making a small diameter of channels. We use pens at 0.6 and 0.8 mm, which leave no scars after the operation. The doctor’s assistant stretches the skin in the opposite direction to decrease implantation angle to a minimum, 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 Beard Transplant

There is no difference between healing after hair and beard transplant. Fortunately, skin recovers after beard transplant much faster.

Important Points

There are no specific restrictions after mustache and beard transplant. You can continue your routine life yet you should avoid hard physical activities. A few days after the operation you must be careful with sleeping position. It is crucial to sleep on back, otherwise, implanted hair can be affected. They may be damaged or defected in the friction or contact with pillow.

  • Redness normally lasts for one week after beard transplant. Scabs are cleaned off in a week after the procedure. By the 10th day, the epidermis turns back to its normal state. 
  • Wash After Beard Transplant. Some doctors prohibit washing the implanted area for 3-5 days though we do not agree with this, we do it the next day. You can easily wash beard in 24 hours after the operation without any help of the clinic. You can recognize the scabs from the very beginning. It is also acceptable to wash implanted beard area a few times a day.
  • Shaving After Beard Transplant. 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 re-grow back in 4-6 months

Complications After Beard Transplant

  • Unnatural Look. An unnatural appearance can occur due to the wrong angles of in beard transplant. This issue was mentioned previously. Correct angles and very accurate slots are essential for a natural look. Inappropriately implanted beard roots can be removed one by one with the FUE method.
  • The Tuber Look. There may be a tuber look when the beard roots are partly puffy. This usually happens when hair roots are long, this is why implantation depth should be adjusted carefully. Very thin roots are bad for beard transplant.
beard and mustache transplant

How Much Does Beard Transplant Cost?

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

Get in touch with us to receive your personal treatment plan. We do not exaggerate grafts number, which many hair transplant centers in Istanbul do. This usually ends up in bad hair transplant. Beard transplant cost overseas varies depending on graft number 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 apply for beard transplant often want to check clinic’s outcomes first. Our main principle is to achieve as natural results as possible. Transplanted beard and mustache look must be natural, implantation should not be recongizable. When beard transplant gone wrong, hair grows in diverse directions which can cause serious discomfort. In this case, patient will need another session to correct or cover defected areas.

We also recommend you stay off from different sprays or medical solutions in the market promising beard growth. Please keep in mind that there is no medicine in the world to elicit hair. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow our evolving methods and hair transplant results. 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 mustache and beard transplant on the internet. Usually, videos better illustrate progress and results rather than pictures. If you get in touch with us, we will provide you all details, beard transplant results and hair transplant cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many grafts are needed for beard transplant?

Grafts number varies in each session due to beard structure. It is better to divide implantation into several sessions rather than transplanting all at once. Here is a sufficient number of grafts based on areas:
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 beard transplant?

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 transplant 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 beard transplant in Turkey?

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 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 minoxidil 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 beard grow in one day?

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

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