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What is a beard transplant
Almost 50% of males find it difficult to grow a full, healthy beard or sideburns. A beard transplant is a simple solution that alleviates bald patches, creating a full healthy beard or even a well-shaped goatee. A facial hair transplant makes it possible to grow and maintain sideburns, a beard or even a moustache, giving a very masculine appearance.
Loss of facial hair can be immediately apparent and is hard to disguise, leading to even the smartest of men appearing somewhat ungroomed. While facial hair fashions often change, the wish for many men to develop a beard or sideburns will always exist. However, for some men, even those who take good care of their appearance and consume a healthy diet, this can be an issue. This could be down to genetic hair growth patterns, or even as a result of damage.
A beard transplant can completely alter the appearance of your face, giving it a more contoured line and a fuller, more neatly shaved look.
Beard restoration methods
The beard restoration procedure starts with the extraction of the donated hair follicles; this is carried out using either FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) or FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). Both yield excellent results but there are certain differences.
The FUT procedure involves the extraction of an entire strip of hair from the donor area. The strip is then cut into smaller pieces and transplanted into the balding areas.
With FUE, each follicle is collected and reimplanted individually. The advantage of FUE is that it will leave no visible scarring and will also heal in half the time it would take to recover from a FUT transplant.
Both these procedures have been proven to offer excellent results but finding the treatment that’s right for you will depend on your specific needs and desires.
Is a beard transplant right for me?
If you are missing patches of beard hair, a facial hair transplant will give you back a full, thick beard, sideburns, moustache or goatee. The principles are the same as a regular hair transplant to your scalp. After a beard procedure, you will be able to shave and style your facial hair however you wish.
The number of grafts can range from a few hundred to a few thousand. To provide a natural appearance the hairs are transplanted as individual (or sometimes two) hair grafts. Great care is taken to ensure natural growth and appearance, including the careful placement of the grafts at the exact angle and direction of a typical growth. Once placed, the microscopically dissected grafts of a beard transplant are permanent. The procedure is essentially painless as is the recovery period. A beard transplant can conceal scarring (such as acne) or trauma (such as scars, burns or accidents). The new growth will not fall out and will require normal trimming, shaving or styling.
How does the beard transplant process work?
The donor area is prepared by washing and shaving the side or back of the head. A local anaesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort whilst the beard transplant surgeon uses a state-of-the-art electronic punch to extract the individual hair grafts. An antiseptic dressing is applied to the donor area which can be removed the following day.
The grafts are extracted using a 0.9mm electronic punch and categorised into grafts containing one, two or three hairs. Once selected by Wimpole’s technicians, the hairs are then prepared for transplantation to the new hairline area. The hair extraction process typically takes between 1 to 3 hours depending on the number of grafts to be extracted.
Placing beard implants
The new boundary for your beard is marked and small incisions are made shortly before the graft commences. The hair grafts are placed evenly into the small openings to match your existing beard pattern, angle and desired density. A typical beard placement procedure can take between 1 to 3 hours and the results will be instantly noticeable.
The aftercare plan
An aftercare pack is provided that contains special shampoos and information on how to care for your transplanted hair. You’ll have a hair examination after one month to check the progress of your hair transplant. This will be followed by a complimentary high-frequency laser treatment session that will promote hair growth. You’ll also receive advice on how best to care for your new hair.
Beard transplant procedure
Is the surgery painful?
No. You will receive a local anaesthetic and a mild sedative so both the donor and recipient sites are totally desensitised. Generally patients feel very little discomfort and can watch TV, listen to music or chat during the procedure.
What are the risks?
Very few. However, like all surgical procedures, hair transplants have some risks associated with them, such as bleeding, itching, swelling, numbness, infection (folliculitis) or inflammation of the scalp (usually prevented and treated with antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory medication). Pain or tenderness may occur during the healing process, which can be kept under control with over-the-counter medication. Finally, scarring and shock loss (temporary loss of original hair from the transplant area) may happen, but they are not frequent occurrences.
How long will it take?
An average session will take 6-10 hours. You should set aside one full day and not make any arrangements on the day of surgery. If you are having a larger session of FUE (over 1500 FUE grafts) then you will need to attend for two consecutive days of surgery.
No bandages are worn, full postoperative instructions are given and many patients who live in the London area come back to the clinic for routine washing and aftercare. If you have FUE then a small dressing will be applied to the back of the head where the hairs have been taken from.
How long does recovery take?
While you can go home right away after your hair transplant, with no hospitalisation necessary, you should set between two and five days aside for recovery and aftercare. You should then be able to return to work with no problem. It will generally take a little longer for the full healing process to be completed. Depending on the type of procedure you had, a full recovery could take five to seven days if you had FUE, or 10-14 days with FUT.
Wimpole Clinic will ensure full support and aftercare to see you through recovery and on your way to your great new beard.
When will my new beard grow?
Within the first few weeks following a transplant most of the newly transplanted hair will fall out. The hair then enters a resting phase. The new hair will begin to grow some 6-12 weeks after. At six months it will be 1-2 cm long but will continue to grow up to 12 months following your transplant. It takes at least 9-12 to fully mature and to see the full results of your transplant.
Will my new beard look natural?
Yes! Hair is carefully and strategically placed to create the most pleasing and natural looking beard. It is impossible for those who do not know to detect transplanted hair from your existing or natural hair.
Beard transplant before & after
Richard's beard transplant review
I recently visited the Wimpole Clinic for a FUE Beard Transplant and was very impressed by the knowledge, care, and expertise of all the members of the clinic. The team took great care to ensure that both myself and they were happy with the designated area, and I was very happy to see that they wanted to get the best end result possible as much as I did. The level of aftercare has been spectacular, and more than I could have imagined. Overall, for anyone looking for this type of procedure I thoroughly recommend the Wimpole Clinic.
Mr Michael May is the Medical Director and Principal Surgeon of the Wimpole Clinic. He has 25 years experience in the field of hair transplant surgery has completed over 10,000…
Iva has a degree in microbiology and chose to get involved in the art of hair restoration. She has been with us for the last four years as a very…
Bili, as she is known to her patients and colleagues, comes from a medical background in Cardiac and Thoracic surgery, and is a member of the ISHRS. For over 22…
Linda is the registered nurse at the Wimpole Clinic, and has been with the clinic since 1976. She was one of the first nurses to carry out hair transplant surgery…
Beard transplant aftercare
Every Wimpole Clinic patient is provided with an aftercare pack that contains information on how to look after your transplanted hair. In addition to this, your beard transplant aftercare pack will also contain specialist products such as shampoos that will aid in the healing and recovery process.
We also include:
- 3 day post procedure visit for a hair wash
- 24 hour surgical hot line for aftercare
- Hair blood test
- Neck pillow and pillow cover
- Paracetamol and anti-swelling tablets
- Post-operative care notes
- Baseball cap
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