Considering a Beard Transplant? Things to Know Before You Get One

Whether it’s due to genetics or injury, there are multiple reasons why your beard can look patchy or doesn’t grow. Often, over-the-counter products fail to give you that voluminous beard you crave. So, what can you do?  A beard transplant is a great option!

What Is a Beard Transplant?

A beard transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair from the back of the head is transplanted onto your beard. The procedure is also known as facial hair transplantation.

Beard transplants are usually performed to improve the appearance of the face, especially the chin and jawline. They can also be used to fill in bald spots or to cover up scars.

How Are Beard Transplants Performed?

Beard transplants are usually performed using the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method, which, according to studies, is the ideal method for reconstructing beard loss. It involves extracting hair follicles from the donor area (usually the back of the head) and transplanting them into the recipient area (usually the chin or jawline).

The FUE method is a minimally invasive procedure that results in minimal scarring. It is also a relatively quick and easy procedure that can be performed in a single day.

Beard transplants can also be performed using the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) method, which involves taking strips of hair follicles from the donor area and transplanting them into the beard area. The FUT method is more invasive than the FUE method, resulting in a linear scar in the donor area.

See Also: What Should You Know About Beard Implants?

Do I Have to Shave before a Beard Transplant?

There is no set time or process for shaving before a beard transplant. However, shaving at least once a week before the surgery is generally recommended. Shaving before the surgery will help reduce the number of ingrown hairs and make the transplanted hair look more natural.

We generally recommend that patients shave before the procedure. This gives the surgeon a clear view of the area being transplanted and makes it easier to harvest hair from the donor site. Moreover, the transplanted hair must be shaved to ensure it grows evenly.

How Long Does It Take To See the Beard Transplant Results?

The results of a beard transplant become visible after 3 to 4 months. The hair starts to grow in the transplanted area. After 2 to 3 weeks, the transplanted hair starts to shed. This is a normal process, and the hair starts to regrow after 6 to 8 months. After about a year, the transplanted hair looks natural.

Are There Any Side Effects from a Beard Transplant?

A beard transplant is a simple and safe procedure. It is performed under local anesthesia, and the results are permanent. It can be performed on any man regardless of age and medical condition. However, it is important to consult a qualified doctor before undergoing a beard transplant to discuss any potential side effects.

Having a Difficult Time Growing a Healthy-Looking Beard?

A beard transplant can be a life-changing procedure, so it is important to choose a surgeon who is experienced and has a high success rate. The surgeon should also be properly trained and well-qualified. The type of hair transplant procedure used should also be carefully considered, as some procedures are more invasive than others. Feeling overwhelmed with such tough beard-making decisions? We have you covered at Mane Advanced Hair Restoration Center! 

Our lead doctor, Dr. Douglas Burka, is the best hair restoration surgeon in Maryland and can help you recover your beard pride in no time! Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

See Also: 10 Easy and Effective Hair Care Tips for Men


1. Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Beard Transplant?

A beard transplant is usually recommended for men who have patchy beards or cannot grow facial hair. You can consider getting a beard transplant if you want a fuller, even-looking beard.

2.  What Happens During the Beard Transplant Procedure?

The beard transplant procedure starts with administering local anesthesia for numbing the transplantation site. This is followed by the creation of a donor strip from the scalp. The strip is shaved, and incisions are made on it, which are then removed and dissected into individual grafts. These individual grafts are then transplanted into the desired area.

3. How Much Time Do I Need to Recover from a Beard Transplant Surgery?

The period of beard transplant recovery will vary for different individuals; nonetheless, it can take anywhere between 7-14 days to resume normal, day-to-day activities.

4. How Should I Care for My Beard Transplant?

Post-operative care includes:

  • wearing a cotton gauze or mask to cover the transplanted area
  • regular washing with mild shampoo and antibiotic ointment

Also, make sure that you avoid swimming for at least 4 weeks after the procedure. Even if you wash your face, don’t rub it too hard; just pat it gently.

5. How Much Does a Beard Transplant Cost?

On average, beard transplants can cost anywhere between $5000 to $15000. Schedule an appointment for more details.

For more frequently asked questions about beard transplants, check out our blog here.

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