What is a beard transplant?
Beard transplant is a type of cosmetic surgery that aims to improve the shape and density of the beard. The transplantation is usually carried out using a hair follicle transplantation technique, such as the FUE method. Men who have a sparse, poorly shaped or non-existent beard and want to improve its appearance should carry out this procedure. Beard transplantation provides natural, long-lasting results and recovery is generally quick.
How does a beard transplant take place ?
The procedure begins with a consultation with a medical specialist where the patient's goals are discussed and a treatment plan is established. Then, the grafts are taken from the back of the scalp using the FUE (follicular unit extraction) or FUT technique. The grafts are then implanted into the beard area using micro-incisions following the natural growth pattern of the hairs. Scabs may form on the grafted area after the procedure, but they will usually fall off within a week. After a few months, once the hair has grown and reached its maximum thickness, the final results of the beard transplant can be appreciated.
What are the different techniques ?
Each beard transplant method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Hair follicles from the back of the scalp are taken one by one and re-implanted into the beard area, which is the most commonly used FUE method. The results obtained with this method are natural and long-lasting, and recovery is generally rapid. The FUT (follicular unit extraction) method is another common technique that involves taking a strip of hair from the back of the scalp and then separating the hair follicles one by one to re-implant them into the beard area.
Although this method allows for a greater number of grafts, it can leave a scar on the back of the scalp. Additionally, our facility offers beard hair transplantation, which involves extracting hair follicles from the back of the head and re-implantation into the beard. A sparse or patchy beard can be corrected using this method, and the results are usually natural and long-lasting.
How long is the recovery time after a beard transplant ?
The recovery time after a beard transplant varies depending on the technique used and the patient's reaction. Symptoms from the procedure usually disappear within five to ten days following the procedure. Small scabs may form on the grafted area in the two to three days following the procedure, and they should fall off in 7 to 10 days. After the procedure, it is essential to follow the doctor's instructions in order to avoid any complications and achieve a quick recovery.
During the first days following the procedure, it is advisable to avoid strenuous physical activity and not to shave your beard. After a few months, once the hair has grown and reached its maximum thickness, the final results of the beard transplant can be appreciated.
What are the risks associated with beard transplantation ?
Although the risks of beard transplantation are generally minimal, complications such as bleeding, infection, scarring, redness and temporary swelling can occur. Beard transplantation can sometimes lead to uneven hair regrowth, loss of sensitivity in the transplanted area or the formation of cysts.
What are the expected results ?
The expected results of a beard transplant generally progress and improve over time. In general, one can expect a significant improvement in hair density and length, as well as a thicker, fuller beard. The results are permanent as long as there are no health problems or biological changes during life. It is important to note that results may differ from person to person and how a person responds to treatment may affect the final results. Beard transplantation generally gives definitive results after a few months, once the hair has grown and reached its maximum thickness.
Is beard transplant painful ?
Beard transplantation generally does not cause pain. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which significantly reduces discomfort. After the procedure, it is common to feel some tingling or mild burning in the grafted area, but this can be alleviated with medications the doctor prescribes. Recovery is usually quick and pain is minimal. To reduce discomfort and promote rapid healing, it is crucial to follow the doctor's instructions.
Are there any alternatives to beard transplantation to stimulate growth ?
There are alternatives to beard transplantation to increase growth. Using topical products such as lotions or oils specially formulated to promote beard hair growth is a non-surgical option. Additionally, laser or microneedling treatments can activate hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. It is advisable to consult a professional to discuss the options available and determine the best method for each situation.
What precautions should you take after a beard transplant ?
After a beard transplant, certain precautions should be taken to ensure rapid healing and the best possible results. Here are some safety measures to take after a beard transplant:
Avoid touching the grafted area: To avoid any infection or complications, it is important avoid touching or scratching the grafted area.
Follow the doctor's instructions: It is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions given by the doctor, particularly regarding disinfection of the grafted area and application of any prescribed medication.
Avoid intense physical activities: During the first days after the transplant, it is advisable avoid any intense physical activity in order to avoid any tension or trauma in the grafted area.
Protect the grafted area from the sun: To avoid irritation or damage, it is crucial protect the grafted area from the sun by wearing a hat or using sunscreen.
Be patient: It is important to be patient and not wait to immediate results because the final results of a beard transplant can take several months to appear.