Beards

Beards are great for rubbing when deep in thought, they block the sun from burning your face, they hide neck flab, and they suggest a life free from razor burn. And while some men a have thick growth of facial hair, others who yearn to have it, do not. With recent advances in beard restoration techniques, more and more men are taking advantage of this technology to get the facial hair they desire. Both FUT and FUE procedures can be used to harvest hair for beard transplantation. Please schedule a consultation to find out what technique is best suited for you.

Beard Restoration

Why do patients undergo mustache and beard transplant?

There are a variety of reasons patients choose this type of transplant, and many suffer from the following:

  • Scars due to trauma, burns, or surgery
  • Traction alopecia
  • Congenital hypotrichia/atrichia
  • Post-folliculitis scarring
  • Long-standing alopecia areata

In addition, many men simply want to improve the density in certain areas of their beard or moustache depending on certain styles they would like.

Is it any different from the routine scalp hair transplant?

1: Yes, it is slightly different from scalp hair transplantation. But before going into the details of the procedure, it is imperative to review the anatomy of the beard and the difference between the characteristics of the scalp and beard hair.
Beard and moustache hairs consist of mainly single-hair follicular units. The beard growth starts during puberty, under the influence of androgens, and increases in density until the mid-30s. This is in contrast to the scalp, where the increased action of androgens causes hair loss.

2: There are differences among different ethnic groups.

3: For the purpose of facial reconstruction, we divide the face into lateral and frontal aspects . The lateral aspect includes the sideburns, the cheek beard, the jawline beard, and the submandibular beard area. Out of these four areas, the cheek beard is cosmetically the most important. In the frontal aspect, the fore beard, comprised of the mustache and goatee (chin and sublabial beard), is the prominent feature and higher densities are present in this area. In its pure definition, the goatee does not include the moustache. The hair below the chin and jawline that extends onto the neck is also usually considered to be part of the beard.

4: Beard hair is also typically more elliptical in shape compared to the circular or oval shape of scalp hair.

The basic principles of hair transplantation are the same but need to be planned in a different way. The physician needs to examine the whole face in detail when figuring out how many grafts will be required for every area of the beard and moustache that needs reconstruction. The most common patients that we encounter are the ones with congenital hypotrichia or atrichia. Grafts are removed from the donor area in the same way as in a routine FUT/FUE. But the main difference is in the distribution of grafts and recipient site creation.

Donor Area

We prefer scalp as the donor area for beard, and scalp as well as beard if moustache or small areas of beard are reconstructed. We take out the grafts from the mid-occipital area.