Beard transplants are a fantastic option for men who are unable to grow a full beard on their own, or are experiencing patchy or thinning spots in the beard. Beard hair transplant surgery is a fairly simple surgical procedure that is performed in the comfort of your hair transplant clinic.
The procedure itself only takes a few hours (depending on the amount of new hair that needs to be transplanted). However, the beard transplant recovery process can take a month or more. During this time, you may experience a lot of itching in the transplanted area post-surgery.
Itching in the transplanted area is a normal part of the healing process and happens when the scabs start to crust over post-transplant. As tempting as it might be to scratch the itching area, it’s very important not to scratch as it might harm newly implanted follicles.
Sometimes the post-operation beard itch can become unbearable. Here’s how to deal with it if your beard itch gets a little too much.
It’s essential to avoid the temptation to scratch the newly transplanted hair follicles under any circumstances. All hair transplants have a risk of post-hair transplant infection and scratching and picking at the treated area can increase this risk. Avoid removing any of the scabs before the skin underneath has healed.
If you have scratched your beard, and notice any bleeding, excessive swelling, or inflammation, you should notify your hair transplant surgeon or aftercare team as soon as possible.
You may need an antibiotic to avoid infection. If you’re finding that the itching is too much to bear, contact your surgeon or aftercare team, they may be able to prescribe you something that can help.
Most hair restoration clinics will provide you with an aftercare pack that includes a mild medicated shampoo or lotion designed to help the area heal as effectively as possible. It is likely, however, that your hair transplant surgeon or aftercare team will instruct you to not shampoo your beard for the first 24 hours.
Once you are able to shampoo the beard implant area, the medicated shampoo provided should offer you some relief.
You may be tempted to shave your itchy beard hairs off as a quick means of relief. However, this is the worst thing that you can do.
Shaving your scratchy facial hair increases the risk of the treated area getting cut, or worse infected. It’s also pointless as it is not the beard that’s making you itch, it’s the scabbing and inflammation from the beard transplant surgery.
You shouldn’t shave your beard for at least one month after your hair transplant.
Nearly all men who undergo beard transplant surgery will experience at least some level of beard itch post-surgery. The good news is that this sensation rarely lasts for more than a week or so.
It is very rare that hair transplant patients report itching that is severe or painful. It’s important to remember that one week of mild itching or discomfort will eventually subside and will eventually be followed by new beard growth within 3-4 months.
In addition to keeping the transplanted beard area clean and dry, there are a number of other things you can do to help aid in beard transplant recovery.
The good news is that following your beard transplant procedure, you will immediately be able to see your new beard hairline. However, due to the trauma of surgery, the transplanted beard hairs will start to fall out in about 2-3 weeks post-surgery. This type of hair loss is known as shock loss and is completely normal.
Hair transplant patients will start to see new beard hair growth in 2-3 months post-surgery with full and final results around 12 months after the initial transplant procedure.
Another good way to get through the beard transplant post-operative itch is to distract yourself from your irritated hair follicles. While you’re waiting for the itch to subside, check out these beard styles you can have after a beard transplant and get some inspiration from the best beards around.
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A successful beard transplant depends not only on the skill and technique of the hair transplantation surgeon but also on a good aftercare program.
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