Plenty of men love showing off their beard as it can be a sign of maturity and masculinity. However not all men are able to grow a beard due to various reasons such as genetics, surgery burns, injury and electrolysis.
Beard transplant is similar to the hair transplant process done on the head. The donor areas are usually from the back or sides of the scalp where hair is the thickest. The technique used to do a beard transplant is called FUE.
The doctor decides which donor area is more suitable to match the beard. The hair on the backside of the scalp mostly suits the goatee or moustache and the central and anterior cheek region. Donor hair strands on the sides of the scalp are a good match for sideburns and the lateral and posterior cheek area.
A beard transplant procedure is a lengthy process and takes about three to eight hours to complete. Oral sedation is given as well as local anaesthesia around the head. Using the FUE technique, hair follicles are then removed one at a time making the technique undetectable to the naked eye.
Tiny incisions are then made in the beard area which determines the density, direction and the angulation that the hair will grow. The doctors precision on this part will determine how natural looking the beard will grow out.
The transplanted hairs will fall out after about two to three weeks but it is no cause for alarm as this is expected. After about three to four months new hair grows back permanently. The reason the transplanted hair falls out is because the body experiences shock from the relocation. However the hair’s papilla remains attached hence the new hair growth.
Once the beard starts to grow you can shave it just like the norm.
The ideal candidate for a beard transplant is someone who has the right donor hairs on the scalp.
Some of the side effects associated with beard transplant include scarring, ingrown hair, pain, infection, sensitivity to the recipient and donor sites, swelling, redness and bruising.
The transplanted area should strictly be kept dry for about five days and strenuous activities on the site should be avoided before the transplanted hair falls out.
The procedure itself takes about three to eight hours to be done. The transplanted region should be kept dry for five days. The crusts on each grafted hair typically fall out within four to six days after which the transplanted hair falls out. The donor area heals up within three days.
The results of the beard transplant are permanent and the beard should be treated as a normal beard.
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