Beard Transplant - What it is and How it Works

We have been talking - and writing - about hair transplant surgery, how it works and what are the world’s top destinations to get it done. Yet hair transplant is not all there is: the same techniques and procedures apply to those striving to get a denser or more voluminous beard, moustache, sideburns and goatee. And speaking of which, ever heard of Movember?

Movember is a play on words and a hybrid of “November” and “moustache” and is the name of a global movement aiming at raising people’s awareness around men’s health that wants to encourage people globally to grow their moustache for a good cause: through this and other initiatives, funds are raised to help reduce the rate of men dying prematurely.

While Movember is half way through, the number of men seeking after a beard transplant is not going to decrease any time soon. As Dr. Sophie Chung - CEO and founder of Qunomedical - stated, about 10% of all hair transplants are, in fact, beard transplants. Most people who undergo such treatment do not really look for a full, long beard but rather for an attractive, denser 3-day beard. Is this a fashion thing, you ask? Yes and no.

One one hand, ever since stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Ashton Kutcher and David Beckham showed off a beard, everyone wants one, and it’s a fact that men with thinning or missing facial hair are hardly able to keep up with the beard trend (from the hipster-beard to the French-looking toothbrush moustache), that is subsequently on the rise. On the other hand, facial hair transplants can permanently solve patchiness on the beard area and allow men to conceal scars (acne or other types) and solve issues related to genetics, surgery or injuries.

How does facial hair transplant work?

Just as for hair transplant, the procedure used for any other kind of facial hair transplant (on the beard area, eyebrows or eyelashes) is either FUT, or the increasingly more popular FUE and PRP treatments.

For facial hair transplant, the surgeon will need to evaluate the consistency of the hair in the recipient area and match it to an area of the body with a suitable donor site to achieve the most natural look, so if head hair does not look suitable as donor area, hairs may be extracted from the chest, armpits or other parts of the body. The length of the procedure varies according to the number of grafts needed, but it usually ranges from 4 to 8 hours and most routine activities can be resumed right after the procedure.

Thinking of getting one?

Getting a hair transplant in UK can get really expensive, with prices ranging from 6,000 to 9,000£ (depending on the number of grafts needed), and that is why an increasing number of people are choosing to get their treatment abroad, where prices change from country to country but generally start at 2,000£ or even less.
Many clinics and hospitals globally offer convenient packages that include consultation, treatment and hotel stay. At Qunomedical you can find your high quality treatment abroad (we partner only with clinics that are highly specialized in hair transplant surgery and that received the highest medical accreditation) without breaking the bank.

And even when the No-Shave November hype has ended, you can still go back to a clean shave, as hair transplant surgery leaves no scars on your skin.

For more information about hair transplant surgery, visit our Resources page and request our Hair Transplant Guide for free!

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