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All You Need to Know About the Beard Transplant Procedure


Being able to grow a majestic beard is often taken for granted, because there are thousands of men in the world who are unable to grow facial hair. But thanks to the ever growing popularity of beard transplant surgery, there is a viable option. In this article we will take a look at this simple procedure so that you will be in a better position to make an informed decision if you are considering having a transplant or simply looking for more information. First, let’s take a quick look at some of the reasons why some men aren’t able to grow facial hair.

Common reasons for a lack of facial hair include:

  • Genetics
  • Past laser hair removal treatment
  • Electrolysis
  • Surgeries in the area
  • Medical treatments
  • Medications
  • Burns to the face or neck
  • Injuries or trauma to the facial area

The inability to grow facial hair is not something to be ashamed of as it’s very rarely the fault of the individual. And as you can see from the reasons above, it’s fairly common.

Thankfully, with a beard transplant, you can restore natural looking facial hair in just about any design you want.  From a full beard to a goatee or even just a mustache.

Where does the hair used in a transplant come from?


During a facial hair transplant, hair is taken from other locations on the body and grafted onto the face by a surgeon. These hairs typically come from the back of the scalp due to the nature of the hair being similar to that of facial hair. Other hair can be used but might not resemble the hair that you were expecting to see.
Hair used for a transplant procedure is referred to as donor hair and is surgically removed from the scalp.

How many hairs are needed for the transplant?


The amount of hair needed from the scalp will vary based on the area that you would like facial hair on. A lush mustache might require 500 individual grafts while a basic mustache might be as little as 350. For a full goatee and cheek beard you might require as many as 2,500 grafts.

A surgeon should be able to give you an estimate when they see the area that needs to be transplanted.

Some surgeons may even use two hairs per graft in order to give a natural appearance to hair.

A graft isn’t as simple as placing a hair. The surgeon will also have to angle the hair in the proper angle to make it appear as if the hair was growing in the proper direction.

In some rare cases the first graft will either not be enough hair or will not completely take. In such circumstances, a second transplant might be needed.

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How long does the procedure take?

The actual transplant procedure is relatively quick.  The shortest procedures for the minimal amount of grafts will only take about 2 hours.

At most, a transplant will take around 5 hours unless you have extremely tough skin or a very large amount of hair to transplant.

What happens after the transplant?



You will notice that little crusts form around the newly transplanted hairs for the first 5 or so days.  For a some it may last a day or two longer.  If it lasts for more than a week you should contact your surgeon to see what can be done.

It’s been said that it’s best not to wash your face while your skin has these crusts forming around the hair.


Hair Falling Out

After about 2 to 3 weeks you will find the hair starting to fall out.  This isn’t a bad thing, it is supposed to happen.

Within 3 months though, you should start to grow your own natural hair. And that is after all the whole point of the procedure and the desired result… to get your beard hair growing naturally.

Man with facial hair

Is a beard transplant expensive?


Currently, the costs are still considered to be quite high.

Some treatments can cost over $7,000 for a large treatment area. But, like with the cost of LASIK treatment, the price will most likely continue to drop as the procedure becomes more popular and more available to those who are looking to grow amazing beards. If a transplant is out of your reach financially, you may want to consider some of the products listed in our article about the best facial hair growth products



Final thoughts


In order for some men to grow the beards that they desire, they need a little bit of help.  This is nothing to be ashamed of.

Getting a beard hair transplant might seem expensive at first, but it is a viable solution. And depending on how important it is for you to grow a beard, this procedure could well be worth much more than the initial cost. If however you are still unsure about undergoing the procedure, you may want to try beard growing supplements that are rich in Biotin. You can read our article about how biotin helps with beard growth.