There are some men who want to grow a beard and it comes out thick and full, the way they wanted it to be. But there are those, who struggle to grow a beard that does not look the way want it to be due to bare spots and some other issues.
For all those men who are unfortunate to have the thick beard, the reasons for their uneven and non-existent beard growth are numerous – from genetics to alopecia areata to hormone balances. And they just lose hope of attaining a full beard.
But the good news is that today, there are many treatments and methods to fix a sparsely growing beard that include a beard transplant. Beard transplant is similar to a hair transplant on the scalp and strives to provide you with the same effect that you desire for – a full natural looking beard. Beard transplants existed for a while now, but they are more effective now than they were before.
This blog looks a closer look at beard transplants. We will provide you with insights on how they work and its effectiveness.
What is a Beard Transplant?
The beard transplant is similar to Hair Transplant, where hair is taken from another part of the body and implanted into the face so that the beard style you are looking for is created. As per a popular study, facial hair transplants are the third most popular type of hair transplant in the worldwide.
Why are beard transplants popular?
There are various reasons why there is a rise in popularity for beard transplants. The main reason behind it is that men want to achieve a bearded look that represents masculinity. There are also men who believe that beards give them a wise look and also they can have an appearance like their favourite bearded celebrities. As the beard plays a prominent role in the modern culture and for those who cannot grow a beard, beard transplant provides a way to help them achieve that look.
Who is eligible for beard transplant?
There are some criteria that are required to be met for a person who is considering beard transplantation. First the person should have a realistic expectation and should not expect a full beard the day of the procedure. It is always important to remember that any transplantation requires its own time.
An important criterion in beard transplantation is a good donor area. During the beard transplantation, hair follicles are taken from the back of the scalp. Hence, it is important that the person who is undergoing the treatment has a dense area of hair so that it can be used for the transplant process. A thorough physical exam at the clinic will help in to judge whether one is an ideal candidate for the procedure or not.
The Beard Transplant procedure
A beard transplant is a simple straightforward process where the hair follicles are removed and then transplanted into bald patches in the beard area. There is a slight difference between a hair transplant and beard transplant and that is physicians make small incisions while transplanting hair to the scalp.
Facial hair transplants are not just for beards, it can be done for mustache, sideburns and also for goatee. The transplants help one achieve the look that they wish to have. Once you have decided the procedure, the surgeon will first evaluate the consistency of the hair in the recipient area with that of an area of the body suitable for a donor site.
After the transplant, the new facial hair grows like normal facial hair with a similar texture. You can do the same things with the new facial hair like shave it like the normal hair or allow it to grow to a length similar way to the native hair follicle. Once the transplantation is completed it is difficult to tell apart from the natural facial hair.
What are the different types of Beard Transplants
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) are the two major types of hair transplants that include beard transplants. In both the techniques the surgeons remove hair from the donor area.
In the FUE transplant procedure, each hair graft gets removed one by one from the donor area and then is harvested through small circular incisions over a larger area. It leaves white scars that are barely noticeable. FUE is also the most common method used for beard transplants. In this procedure, the surgeon typically harvests about one of every five follicles, but the results are quite dependent on the quality of procedure and the expertise of the physician.
In the FUT transplant, through a microscopic dissection process, a small strip of tissues is removed by the surgeon from the donor area. He then closes the wound edges and leaves behind a single, fine scar.
What can you expect after post-surgery?
After the surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out after every two or three weeks. They then tend to grow back permanently, but it takes around three or four months. This is due to the mild shock the body experiences from the relocation, but then the hair’s papilla will be in its new home and will regrow once the hair regenerates.
What are the side effects?
The side effects that result from beard transplants surgery are quite minor. Here are the most common side effects.
• Swelling at areas treated
• Irritation and Itchiness
• Temporary crusts and scabs
• Redness on the scalp and face
With each passing day, one can see lot improvements in side effects each day after the surgery. The redness and swelling caused tend to subside within a week. The scabs are a natural part of the healing process and you should not worry about it.
What are the activities one should avoid to help the healing process
• Avoid physical and strenuous activity until you get the approval of the doctor.
• Smoking and tobaccos
• Exposure to direct sunlight
• Refrain from shaving for a week or 10 days after the surgery
Care after the beard transplantation
After the beard transplantation, there are few commonly recommended dos and don’ts that you should follow. The clinic where you get the transplantation done will have a more detailed one for you.
Swelling: You can expect your face to remain swollen for 3 to 5 days. There will be swelling on and around the transplanted area on the fourth day. It is very common to have a swelling and it will do no harm to you. You can use cold compressions as an effective remedy for your swelling. There will some medicines that will be prescribed by the surgeon for the swelling
Pain: Although the surgery is virtually painless as it is performed with local anesthesia, once the effect of anesthesia subsides, there can be mild pain felt in both the donor site and also the recipient area. This can last for a few days. You can use cold compressions and pain medications that are prescribed by the surgeon.
Itching: Itching is one of the most common feelings that you will have after beard transplant surgery. It may be on the recipient area, the donor area as well as on the scalp. But you should not scratch those areas that are itchy. If the feeling of itching is uncontrollable, then you need to discuss it with the surgeon and some medications will be prescribed to relieve itching.
Washing your face: You should not wash your face for 24 hours after the surgery. But can safely wash your face the very next day.
Sleeping Position: After the beard transplant, you should sleep in an upright position for at least a couple of nights. You should use two or three pillows to achieve the desired head elevation. This will help to reduce post surgical swelling and minimized chances of bleeding.
What is Recovery time after the Beard Transplantation?
In this process, the transplanted hair follicles will take 7 to 10 days to attach themselves to the blood supply in the recipient area. The hair growth will only start after 3 to 4 months. Any signs of hair growth will be noticed during 5th and 6th month post surgery. You can see the final results after a year.
What are the prime advantages of beard transplant surgery?
• Improvises the aesthetic value of the person’s face.
• Enhances the natural look of a person who wants a beard
• The surgery procedures of FUE and FUT leave no scars
• With the help of the procedure one can achieve a maximum fullness of beard
• It’s a painless procedure with no discomfort
• It’s a boon for victims of accidents and burns.
Why choose Rootzhair Clinic for Beard Transplantation?
Beard transplantation is gaining popularity among young and old men.The main reason being genetics and e lifestyle. The technology has made this transplantation easily accessible and it is financially viable making it more popular. Rootzhair clinic with its highly experienced and trained surgeons are able to attend to the patients who come in for beard transplantation with great care and attention. For those who are interested in the transplantation, are taken through the whole procedure step by step so that one can have the complete information and take the correct decision.
If you want to learn more about beard transplant surgery, contact Rootzhair Clinic now. The friendly team would always like to share their expertise and also answer any questions that you may have about it.
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