Beard Transplant: Should You Do It? (What You Need to Know)

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My Beard Lacks Thickness – Why?

Beard transplant is a method to volumize your beard using the hair follicles grown on the scalp. It’s also known as hair surgery or hair replacement therapy. But be sure to consider these factors first. Is the procedure reliable? Is the transplant going to be reversed? What are the risks?

Decide if you really want the benefits of having fuller and denser beard hair or if you are happy with what you have. And here’s a question to make you think: why do you need a thick beard?

If it’s to have a great look, then consider another option rather than the transplant. We would like to offer you some advice if you really want to have a fuller beard.

Genetics

Ah, genetics. It's not every day that you get to question the “why” behind your facial hair.

The basic understanding provided by Bruce Fife, author of the book “Beardology,” is that there are actually two types of beard hair: the facial hair found in your mustache and beard and the hair in your scalp.

The growth of your facial hair is triggered by androgens, which means males produce more of it than females. This explains why the facial hair of most males is more coarse than the hair of the head.

Strangely enough, however, some people actually begin growing hair in the opposite pattern in that they experience hair loss on the scalp while thickening and growing hair in their mustaches and beards. This condition, known as hirsutism, is generally hereditary.

This type of hirsutism can be problematic for women, as the hair on the face gets thick enough to cause irritation, and it can be embarrassing to have a face covered in long, thick hair.

So, what causes bearded Women?

Hormones

Although beard transplantation is an option for loss of facial hair, it is not an option that comes without risks. James Partridge, the Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and chief medical correspondent for Discovery Health noted that hair loss in men is most often caused by hormones

The source of male hormones is the testes in males.

In females, female hormones are produced by the ovaries. Growth and development of secondary sexual characteristics such as facial and Pubic hair are dependent upon a normal level of hormones.

By the age of 21, all males should have bodies that produce hair in the areas where they typically grow.

However, a disruption of hormones can result in the loss of hair. The non-genetic or idiopathic form of hair loss is the result of dihydrotestosterone turning normal hair follicles into miniaturized hairs.

Baldness in men is caused by a genetic disruption that results in the hair follicles being non responsive to dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Both of these types of hair loss are not reversible.

The only treatment is a medical intervention to replace hormones that effectively increase the number of normal hairs in the temporal region of 25-40%. This is a complex and successful process that requires the replacement of hormones in limited amounts.

Alopecia Areata

The Dangers of Ignoring Beard Transplant or Beard Restoration

Over the course of two years, my beard had progressively gotten thinner and thinner and I was completely dismayed that I was losing out on much of the energy I put into growing it out.

One of my friends had secretly contacted his doctor and asked that he help in restoring his hair loss. It was a private matter between the two and a bit of a secret that I wasn’t aware of but after he told me about his secret, I consulted with him.

At the time I didn’t know much about hair loss or beard restoration and I wasn’t sure what kind of price tag I’d be looking at.

The most important things I learned was that there are two main types of hair restoration. One is a hair transplant and one is a beard transplant. I never considered a beard restoration because you can’t grow beard out of thin air. I always thought it meant putting in a new beard follicle.

After careful research and thought, that was the procedure that I was considering. A hair transplant is a procedure that is given a high success rate. There were no guarantees but it came with a lot lower price point and would at least show results very quickly.

Lifestyle factors

Growing a beard – a handsome sign of manliness – is generally a no-fuss task. For most men, all it needs is patience (to wait until the hair reaches an attractive length) and a willingness to grow out unkempt facial hair for the kind of "rough" look that a beard implies.

However, growing a beard doesn’t guarantee that you can wear one forever – and this is where the word "transplant" refers. The beard transplant procedure refers to a surgeon’s harvesting of hair follicles from the back of your head and transplanting them to your face to give your facial hair more volume.

Why would a man need to grow facial hair, anyway? Some men grow a beard as a natural result of aging or to try a more mature look. Others grow a beard to cover a receding hairline or a scar on their face. Whatever the reason, although a beard can suit a lot of men, it is not going to suit everyone. The way you were brought up to see yourself often dictates the way you’ll feel about a beard.

Why a Beard Transplant May Be Right For You (and it’s Pros and Cons)

It could be that you’re unhappy with the lengths of your beard. Perhaps you’re wanting to add more hair to your face to give yourself a fuller beard. Whatever the reason, sometimes you may need more facial hair than what your face naturally provides. A beard transplant is what can help to provide you with the look that you want.

There are many reasons that you may want to consider getting a beard transplant. It could be that you have a full beard but the hairs become thinner and weaker as the days go by. Then you’re going to have a patchy beard as the day goes on. For most people, this is considered the main reason why they get a beard transplant.

This process has many benefits and also many things that can go wrong. This is why you need to make sure that you are ready to get the transplant in the first place. Make sure that you know exactly what this process will involve. The hair will be taken from somewhere else on your body (don’t worry, you won’t be losing any hair permanently) and it will be implanted onto your facial hair.

You get the beard that you want

One nice thing about a beard transplant is that you get the beard that you want, rather than just one that is there. When you grow your own beard there are just some days when your beard may not look so great.

Trying to style it in some way that looks good may not work out. With a beard transplant you can go for almost any style of beard that you are really into, and it will grow in at a healthy consistency.

Beard transplant is a great way to get a beard that you couldn’t grow on your own. Either it really wouldn’t come in or it would slowly start to thin at the end.

Either way, if you are unsatisfied with the beard that you are sporting the beard transplant could be the way to go.

A bearded man is more attractive to women (and many other good things)

A beard has long been associated with masculinity and power. However, in recent years, it’s been possible to associate facial hair with anything from a deadly Navy Seal to “I got some of my best ideas from a 5 am walk/hike, or the word, “DIY”. While this may sound good in theory, if you have been considering shaving off the hair on your face, beard transplant may be an option.

The History of the Beard

It’s commonly believed that facial hair was a historical thing for many cultures. In fact, it’s believed to be genetic.

While it was possible for a man to be clean shaven, this was often a sign of illness or mourning. The more common option was for men to grow a beard due to the ease in which facial hair grows.

As mentioned in an article on Wikipedia, beards evolved a social trait and became a way for men to show the world who they were.

Shaving tools have been around for centuries but it wasn’t until Alexander the Great came along that men no longer viewed a beard as something to be ashamed of, but as a way to show that they were men who were in charge.

And now, for some disadvantages (of getting a beard transplant)

In a clinical environment, the major disadvantage is that beard transplantation, you are putting yourself in the hands of medical establishment. Mitigating this risk is the fact that medical consumables have not been found to cause infection or transmission of cancer.

However, you are still in a clinical environment and the tools and equipment have been developed for scalp-hair replacement. It takes training, education and experience to safely perform a beard transplant.

Jean-Daniel Arri Alex, the man behind this method of beard transplantation has 40 years of experience doing beard transplants with minuscule micrografts.

This means that this method is very well established and has been very well refined. Transplanted into your donor region, the medicaments used are over the counter products, meaning that they aren’t a health risk. However, they are still consumed by your body so your immune system will try to eliminate them.

This can lead to some irritation, redness and swelling. There is, of course, the usual risk of infection, although this is minimized by good hygiene. The main concern is that the foreign body could lead to an immune response that would lead to the growth of cysts, or, immune-complex-mediated granulomas. These cysts would be located at the transplanted location.

The Cost of a Beard Transplant

How it Works: Beard Transplant Basics & What You Need to Know

As we’ve gone from the world of the beard in Ancient Greece and Romans to today’s modern mainstream appearance of the well-groomed beard, facial hair has been a sign of virility, masculinity, and sexiness.

Whether you’re one of the many who sport a beard or are longing for thicker, more luxurious facial hair with that well-groomed look, there might be a solution for you. The answer to your facial fluff problems is a beard transplant.

If you don’t know, a beard transplant is a surgical means to transplant hair from areas of the head that have an abundant amount of growth by moving the hair follicles from the back of the head to the face area.

If you’re considering a facial hair transplant, it’s not just because you prefer a beard over a shaved look….

You may have had a low self-esteem problem with your appearance for so long, that all you see in the mirror is disappointment.

You may have been told by a loved one “You would be so much more attractive if you had a bit more hair on your face.”

What is a beard transplant?

A beard transplant is a surgical procedure to transplant hair follicles from the back of your head to your face.

This relatively new procedure is often done for two reasons:

  • – A man may have patches of hair growing in on the neck, cheeks or chin that he would like to have better groomed, fuller, or more complete.
  • – A man may have dangerously low body hair but normal to excessive hair growth on his skull.

Types of Beard Transplants

The term "beard transplant" is a generic term for a new procedure that takes hair from the back of the head and moves it to the beard (under the chin to be exact).

There are really two types of hair transplants: temporary and permanent.

Temporary Transplants

If you're balding- scared but tempted to try out traditional hair transplant surgery, you may want to consider a temporary hair transplant.

A temporary hair transplant is performed in the same way as a traditional hair transplant.

However, in this procedure the transplanted hair falls out after a few weeks to a few months. That means that you basically have a mane of thin, weak hairs on the back of your head that are there for, well, just for a few weeks to a few months.

When the transplanted hair falls out, the baldness is still there.

Permanent Transplants

Permanent Lasers hair transplant surgery (or non-surgical permanent hair transplant procedures) are becoming more and more popular.

Instead of "stealing" hair from the back of the head, permanent hair transplantation is gaining favor because of its ability to permanently fill a bald spot with your own hair with little to no side effects.

It's the "fountain of youth" for men who are facing baldness.

The Beard Transplant Procedure: Before, During, and After

Before getting castrated to harvest beard hair follicles, the donor area needs to be shaved and cleaned. Just like donor hair for hair transplants, your surgeons clean the scalp and apply local anesthesia prior to extracting the hair follicles.

Having been in the game for a minute now, the procedure has become very refined and hair harvesting is now a hassle-free and painless process.

What to Expect during a Beard Hair Transplant

After the hair follicles are harvested, the surgeon cleanses the donor area with antiseptic to prevent infection, sutures the area, and applies a dressing. The patient can return to work the next day and typically resumes daily activities in 3-4 days.

After the Procedure and Recovery

The scalp donor site is covered with a small dressing for months until the scalp heals completely.

The newly-transplanted hair grows with a natural appearance and is undetectable from the natural hair to the naked eye.

Back to The Basics: What is A Beard Transplant?

Although beard transplants aren’t necessary for everyone, many men wish to extend their hairline or change their goatee shape.

Hair transplants are perfect for this. However, unlike in the scalp where follicles are only harvested from the back of the head, beard hair follicles are also harvested from the donor area.

The Difference Between a Beard Transplant and a Hair Transplant

Your hair is generally thicker and more coarse, and takes more time to grow. The hair is also usually blond, brown, gray, or white. Your beard is usually quite fine and grows quickly, and is often dark in color.

When it comes to hair, there are two phases to the treatment.

First, the hair is removed to let the skin breathe, as the scalp needs to be clean and natural to accept the grafts. Then, when the hair is shaved it regenerates, and it has a tendency to grow back finer than before. Once it does, it will be possible to transplant new hair. Because it is slow growing, the hair is very safe to transplant.

Beards, however, grow quickly and are usually very thick. There are many different types of beard transplant cases. Some are done for their aesthetic values, to make the patchy part of the beard look more uniform. Others are done to change the appearance, sometimes permanently, which, though unethical, does happen.

The beard is generally thick facial hair that grows on the chin and cheeks. It is usually coarse, and can also be a few different colors, the most common being brown, black, or red.

The way hair transplantation works with beards is that the coarse, dark hairs are removed, leaving the surface bare and skin light. Then, hair grafts are transplanted next to the remaining facial hair.

Planning

Set realistic expectations. Not all transplanted hair is going to turn out great. It really depends on your donor area. Usually your hair will look better in the back than in the front anyhow so don’t expect miracles.

Set a budget. Don’t spend your life savings on hair that will fall out soon. Transplanted hair consists of just hair. No treatment will fix that! It is very normal to lose 50% or more of hair during the hair transplant process. This is why you should consider everything a bonus.

Know your donor area. Keep in mind that no one knows more about your donor area than you do. This means that you’ll need to decide on which is the best hair to go to waste rather than getting any side effects that’ll only make you regret the transplant.

Consider a hair transplant with two stages. If you know it is possible to transplant the hair in a second phase, think of it as a safer option.

Avoid deceitful marketing. Don’t be lured into any tactic that seems to be promising something that it can’t deliver. There’s no product in the hair industry that’ll make that hair transplant 100% permanent. No product will do that ever.

Procedure

A hair transplant is performed at a clinic or a doctor’s office. Depending on your "donor" area, you may need to take medication that puts you to sleep and doctors may give you general anesthesia before the procedure, or local anesthesia to numb the area.

The doctor will look at your hair loss pattern, and draw a map like a road map. This is the donor area and the recipient areas are where your hair has thinned out. The doctor will harvest the hair follicles from the donor area of your scalp and then place them in the thinning recipient areas.

As the graft is placed, the doctor will either dissolve sutures underneath the skin or spray a fixative such as liquid bandage on the entry points before applying a bandage. The entire procedure takes no time at all, with the actual hair graft and surgery taking only about 15 or 20 minutes.

The doctor will give you medication to ease any pain, and you should be good to go after a few hours.

Within a few weeks, some tiny scabs will fall off and reveal your new hair growth. The effects will be obvious right away, and full growth will be noticeable at about three to six months.

Manual vs. Motorized FUE Hair Transplant

Manual hair transplant (FUE) is the most common and preferred method of hair transplants. Manual hair transplant FUE involves a small incision in the skin through which a hair is taken out and placed directly into the target area where it is needed. This process takes place using a local anesthetic and takes about an hour, and the hair stays in place for about a month until it falls out naturally. This provides a natural and undetectable look to hair transplant FUE.

Motorized FUE hair transplant has been in existence for a few years now. Its roots and history date back to a 1992 patent purchased by Advanced Hair. Since then, combined efforts from various companies have come together to make FUE hair transplant more efficient and eliminated problems with manual methods have been identified and fixed.

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The main difference between motorized and manual hair transplant is the method of extraction. Manual hair transplant uses a blade or punch which damages the hair follicle and results in significant damage to future hair growth and also presents a risk of infection.

Motorized FUE hair transplant, on the other hand, uses two metal rods which are used to pull the hair out (similar to how one would tweeze a single hair using tweezers). This method is less risky and allows for a more efficient extraction of hair follicles. It is also faster and more precise compared to a manual hair transplant.

Some Alternatives to Beard Transplants

Do you suffer from patchy beard growth and want to achieve the look of a full beard? Perhaps you’re tired of shaving every day and you’re willing to try anything that will give you results. You’re not alone. Beard transplants are on the rise, and chances are, you’ve thought about getting one. But should you?

Before you start looking into beard transplants, there are some alternatives you might consider.

As many men stop shaving, they’re finding that the majority of their beard growth happens in the chin and neck region. By simply letting these areas grow in, you’ve got a significant portion of facial hair that you never had before. If beard growth is an issue for you, that might be all you need to do.

If you’re looking for a fuller beard that has all of the areas that you desire covered, there are some products you might want to look into. Facial hair fibers and powders are all designed to help you achieve a fuller beard by adding to the beard in the areas that you don’t want to grow in. These solutions are inexpensive, easy to use, and work quite well.

Minoxidil foam

Minoxidil liquid

Even though a man’s facial hair grows naturally, most guys don’t want to be completely hairless on their faces.

On the other hand, men don’t want excessive hair growth, either. Often, this is handled by using chemical hair removal and/or trimming techniques to maintain a clean look.

Minoxidil is a unique product that can help treat androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) if used early. But it has a very strange, useful property that makes it a good solution for dealing with unwanted facial hair. Topical minoxidil can cause many body and facial hair follicles to grow new hair.

One good side effect is that after a few months of advertising, you will actually increase the amount of hair you have on your face.

Minoxidil is a medical product, but the special formulation used for body hair growth is available to you without a prescription. You must start using minoxidil soon after you notice the areas of unwanted hair growth.

It can take significant time to see results with beard transplant minoxidil. The results that minoxidil offers may not seem like they are worth the effort.

Beard growth and supplements

When it comes to beard growth, supplements can become quite an option for men. Coming in the form of pills, we have seen a lot of great results.

Of course, as with any other supplement, there are some out there that really do work and there are others that are not worth spending your money.

If we would take a look at the best beard growth pills, there would be no doubt that we would be naming Beard To Blade.

Beard To Blade is the solution that promises an increase in beard growth of 2.5 cm per month. This supplement comes from the person that has already successfully sold two different male grooming products.

After having sold those, it was time for him to create an industry changing product that would be a dark spot remover, hair regrowth treatment, and an advanced beard growth supplement.

If you are ready to take the chance on a pill that promises a lot, Beard To Blade would be the way to go. If you are more into oils, then there would be no doubt that you will be picking Bald Barber Beard Oil as a winner.

If you are not too crazy about oils, then you can always go with a balm that features not only ingredients that are known for their ability to grow your beard faster, but also natural ingredients, as well as extracts from plants.

Lifestyle changes

Depending on the amount of beard you have to work with and the current condition of it, growing a thicker, fuller beard is going to take time and patience. If your beard is patchy or you simply want thicker facial hair, then a hair transplant or two would likely be your best option.

Hair transplants are a big decision and when searching for pricing and information about them, be sure to compare prices with the same skilled physician.

The larger the hair transplant, the more grafts you will need, so it can be a costly procedure.

Hair transplant procedures should be done in a sterile environment. You should avoid a shady doctor who does the procedure in his office and not in a day-care operating room or a hospital.

Transplanted hair grows at the same rate as natural hair, so it might take some time to see results. If you look at the beard transplant pictures, you will notice that the results are not immediate.

Conclusion

You thought about growing a beard but couldn't get that confidence to go all the way? You thought right!

What you probably didn't think about was the actual risks involved with it – the possibility of a poor surgical result, the pain of sustaining an incision, the discomfort of lying in bed while the wounds heal.

A poor surgical result does happen, but only if you use an inexperienced, unqualified and under-qualified doctor to perform the intervention. And it usually only happens if you choose an inexperienced, unqualified and under-qualified clinic as your healer.

So, you better make sure you do it right!

Remember, your desired results are just a few hours away, if you choose it right!

And with a right choice, greater likelihood for a quick recovery, minimal risks, minimal discomfort, minimal discomfort, minimal discomfort, minimal pain and maximum chance of a wonderful result!

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