If you’re thinking of opting for a beard transplant, there are a number of things to consider before deciding whether it’s right for you. Perhaps you’re wondering how much time you’ll need to take off work, what the procedure itself involves, and what the recovery period will be like. Or maybe you’re concerned about scarring, after-care or the financial considerations.
There’s one question that seems to be the most important, especially considering the expense and time involved, and that’s whether a beard transplant will be a one-off procedure, or whether you’ll need to have ‘top-ups’ or replacements in the future!
In other words, are beard transplants permanent?
Beard Transplant Timeline
In the short term, during the first few weeks just after the procedure, the newly transplanted hairs will gradually fall out – this is a natural part of the process and is to be expected.
However, as the new growth comes through from the transplanted hair follicles, it should be permanent and continue to grow just like your natural beard hair.
So, a beard transplant is generally considered to be a one-off procedure, with results that last forever. This is good news, as it means that it provides a permanent solution to a thin or patchy beard, with no further treatments or future costs involved.
To give you a clearer picture of the results in both the short term and the long term, here is a quick guide to the timescales involved in modern beard transplants.
- Instant results. Immediately following the surgery, the new beard should look natural and full and, aside from a little redness, as close as possible to the desired results. Although this will give you your first exciting glimpse of your new beard, it’s important to remember that these newly transplanted hairs are not permanent.
- 2-3 weeks. Over the next few weeks, some of the new hairs will fall out and it may seem as if the results aren’t as thick and full as expected, this is perfectly normal do not be alarmed. The transplanted hair follicles will be establishing themselves to provide new growth as part of their next hair-growth cycle, therefore they need to shed and regrow new hairs.
- The following months. After the initial shedding of hairs transplanted during the surgery, your new beard hair should begin growing naturally from the donor follicles. During the next 2-3 months, you can expect your beard to fill out and thicken more and more until it resembles the full impressive beard that you had on the day of the procedure, only this time the hairs will last as long as your natural hair.
- Long term results. As long as you take the appropriate care of the transplant area in the weeks and months after the procedure, as advised by your surgeon, you can fully expect the new growth that appears within a few months to grow in the same way as your natural beard hair. And if you also follow the health and lifestyle recommendations for growing the healthiest, strongest hair possible, your new beard should provide you with the thickness and fullness that you were aiming for – and these results will be permanent.
While there are still other aspects to consider when thinking about a beard transplant and a consultation with a reputable hair transplant clinic is always advisable, if you do decide that this is a good option for you, it’s good to know that the results will be an effective long-term solution.
So, whether you’re looking to combat recent hair loss issues, or your natural beard has only ever been thin and patchy, today’s beard transplant procedures are a permanent, effective and increasingly popular option.