What is A Beard Transplant?
Consultations at our beard transplant clinics have increased by 30% -40%. This is due to many reasons, among which we mainly highlight the following:
- A problem that is not new: men with slight beards or hairless, with low density or bleached areas who would like to have, because of an aesthetic question and a simple range of options, the possibility of leaving a beard like many other men. At other times, it is a matter of covering a cleft lip or hiding scars from acne or burns due to a thick beard.
- The spectacular advancement in hair transplant technology: Today’s advanced techniques allow you to perform the beard transplant technique with a precision that guarantees natural and definitive results.
- Cultural factors: take back the beard. The beard has been accepted, to the point of being preferred to shaving, and this makes many men prefer to wear a beard. In addition, in some cultures, the beard is a necessary and required element.
A beard transplant is a method of hair restoration in which the surgeon transplants beard hair to the scalp using follicular unit extraction techniques (FUE) and tools. Beard transplants can also refer to any procedure that reconstructs a new beard, or enhances an existing beard – for these reconstructive beard surgeries, the surgeon transplants scalp hair to areas of the face as needed on a case-by-case basis. Using beard hair as a restorative method is not used by many clinics, and is generally considered a fringe procedure.
Why use Beard Hair instead of Scalp Hair?
In most hair transplants, the surgeon will remove hair from the back of the scalp – known as the donor zone – and transplant it to wherever it’s needed. Hairs from this region of the scalp seem particularly resistant to hair loss, and are usually hardy enough to withstand the transplant.
Not all patients, however, have enough hair in the donor zone, and some may not have any scalp hair at all. For these situations, body hair derived from the arms, legs, and chest is being the next best alternative. Again, not all patients have this type of hair either. For these cases, facial hair can be removed and transplanted to other areas of the scalp.
Hair transplantation using the FUE method, PRP-platelets with growth factors to accelerate the evolution of transplantation in recipient and donor zones, drugs indicated for the post-operative week: soft PH shampoo, lotion, headband and cap, (Including Hepatitis B, C and HIV), 24-hour emergency hotline during your stay in Istanbul, two nights accommodation in our hotels (4 or 5 stars) , All transfers to and from airport, hotel and hospital, post-operative medical check-up, informational and medical monitoring for 15 days, translation service, 10-year guarantee, personalized on-site assistance, post-operative control from the country Of origin via phone and Skype.
Beard Transplant Studies
Though research is limited, one official beard transplant study followed thirty-five male subjects for three years (2005-2008) after they had a combination of both beard hairs and body hairs transplanted onto the scalp. The study finds that beard or body hairs should not be used on the temples or to reconstruct the hairline, as these hairs are naturally finer and less coarse. Beard hair, however, provides a thicker and denser coverage than body hair, and was also better than body hair at concealing scars.
Successful, realistic beard hair transplant results mostly depends on the natural characteristics of the recipient site hairs, meaning that if the patient’s scalp hair is short and curly, then the beard hair will blend in well. If the patient has long straight hair, however, then using solely beard hair on spots with no natural scalp hair would only highlight the textural inconsistencies, and ultimately look unnatural. For this reason, a combination of beard hair and scalp hair yielded the best results, even in patients with predominately straight hair.
Sometimes males will have beard hairs that are a different color than their scalp’s hairs. Transplanting beard hair to the scalp under these circumstances would highlight these discrepancies in color, and is therefore not recommended.
Beard hairs will not change or adapt their physical characteristics to match those of the recipient site hairs, meaning beard hair will not grow softer, finer or longer. No amount of time will change the beard hair’s physical traits.