Beard or Facial hair transplantation is a procedure aiming to transplant scalp hair to facial areas where facial hair growth is thin or absent. While this procedure is most commonly performed on the chin (goatee) and moustache areas, it can also be performed on beards, sideburns and cheeks. Facial hair transplant is also a very good option to help conceal acne scars and other types of scars.
What is a Beard Hair Transplant?
A beard hair transplant involves taking hair from the back of the head to the facial area where it is either missing or patchy in growth. The most common type of beard hair transplant involves filling in gaps, the moustache and chin area. Sometimes, some men require a full beard hair transplant including sideburns, cheek region and chin. It is similar to the FUE hair transplant for the hairline and head and needs minimum downtime to recover.
Loss of facial hair may occur for a number of reasons including genetics, medical problems such as diabetes and thyroid disease, laser hair removal, surgery, burns or injury. The goals for facial hair transplant vary from filling in the blanks to restoring a full beard.
In the majority of cases, the new facial hair typically grows like normal facial hair. Once the transplanted hair follicle is grown, the hair can be groomed, shaved or allowed to grow to any length similar to the original facial hair follicle. Once transplanted the new facial hairs are permanent and difficult to tell apart from the original hair.
It is important that the transplanted hair look as natural as possible. This is achieved by intricate incisions at precise angles followed by careful placement of the grafts at the correct angle and direction. To ensure optimal graft survival after donor harvesting, at the British Hair Clinic, we recommend the use of use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to reduce ischemia reperfusion injury which helps increase the survival of the hair grafts after surgery.