Pros and Cons of Getting a Beard Transplant

One of the most popular aesthetic choices of men these days is facial hair in the form of a beard. In the last decade, men throughout the world have become much more fashion and image-conscious – in part due to the influence of pop culture icons and social media platforms. 


In addition to having the most stylish ensemble and accessories, many men are opting for beards of different varieties – whether a 5 o’clock shadow, a light beard, goatee, or full beard. 


That said, while beards have indeed become a fast-growing fashionable choice, many men cannot grow proper beards or cannot grow beards at all. 


Not only do they feel self-conscious as a result, but some men feel that this means they are out of step with the fashionable styles of the moment. 


In order to address this challenge, many men have turned to beard hair transplants which can help clients looking for this service grow full and luscious facial hair. 


Typically, this transplant process entails an expert removing hair from the donor site – as in the case of the cheeks, chin, or neck – and then creating a far fuller look. 


While this transplant process can seem like a quick fix with many pros, we lay out the cons as well below, in addition to what the patient can expect in terms of the surgery, healing process, and eventual results and outcomes.


Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)

One of the most common forms of transplant surgery is follicular unit excision (FUE). This surgery is conducted in four simple steps. 


First, the donor and recipient areas are cut in order to make the process of removal and insertion of hairs much easier. 


The surgeon then drills tiny holes into the patient’s face. Immediately thereafter, individual hairs are removed from the scalp, and the follicle must be intact so that the follicles can then be implanted.


Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

The second most common form of transplant surgery is follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 


This process is a bit more complex than FUE and involves strip harvesting and dissection. 


As is the case with FUE, in FUT, the donor’s hair is shaved, and then holes are drilled into their face. 


Immediately thereafter, the surgeon engages in strip harvesting, which involves a small strip of hair-covered tissue being cut with the hair follicles intact. 


After that cut has been made from strip harvesting, it is then sealed, and the harvested strip of tissue is then dissected under a microscope into much smaller sections of tissue. 


Each of these sections contains four hair follicles that are then grafted on the patient’s face.


There are even situations when both of these beard transplant procedures (FUE & FUT) are used together to garner the best results. 


Pros: Fast and Simple and Treatment

As a surgery, beard transplantation doesn’t entail a long healing process as compared to other kinds of surgeries. 


In essence, most people who get this type of surgery are in and out of the transplant center on the same day of surgery, and they can resume their regular activities a few days later. 


In terms of length of surgery, most last between two and 12 hours. On average, most surgeries are approximately eight hours long. While most surgeries only require one session, some do require more than one session if a series of grafts are required. 


Pro: Quick Healing and Results

One of the benefits of these surgeries is that the scabs that result from the holes on the face typically fall off within a few days of the surgery. 


In addition to this part of the healing, in three to four weeks from the surgery, the transplanted hairs will also fall out of the face and will be replaced with the new beard that is growing. 


Surgeons agree that sometimes within three to six months, the patient will then be sporting a full beard.


Pro: Looks Natural

One of the benefits of a beard transplant is that it looks natural and highly realistic. 


In the past, the reason these transplants did not look as natural was that they used 4mm punch scalpels to remove large portions of hair-covered tissue that were then “plugged” in. 


Since 2012, not only have beard transplants increased in popularity, but the vast majority of patients agree that the quality of these transplants is quite high in terms of how realistic they look.


Cons: Beard Transplant Side Effects

While there are pros to these transplant surgeries, one of the downsides is that beard transplants leave scarring – though this is much more the case with FUT than FUE. 


Surgeons agree that the degree of scarring is highly dependent on the patient’s pre-existing health history.


Cons: Overharvesting

Another con to this surgery is the process of overharvesting which is a process that entails a surgeon taking far too many hair follicles from a single donor site. 


One way to avoid this is by choosing a very knowledgeable and skilled surgeon so that you can avoid this potential problem. 


Cons: Infections

The final con that is worth noting is the potential of infection. Surgeons agree that the best way to avoid these infections is to practice proper hygiene and cleaning once the surgery has occurred and the healing process has begun.

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