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A beard transplant is a type of procedure that involves transplanting hair, typically from the scalp to the beard region. Men usually go for this type of procedure to thicken the beard they have or fill in patchy areas. It is similar to a typical hair transplant procedure, and the hair transplanted can be shaved or styled in any way after a particular period of time. It's also possible to have sideburns, a goatee, or moustache hair transplants.
These types of transplants help to hide facial scars, recessed or cleft chins, burn damage, or sparse hair growth due to hereditary factors. It is a permanent solution, and the hair transplanted will grow naturally in a couple of months' time, giving the patient a thicker and fuller natural beard. Some men choose a beard transplant to enhance their attractiveness because it helps them to hide, highlight, or deemphasize different facial features. Others want to restore or increase their beard hair to feel more masculine.
A specialized procedure, only certain doctors are qualified to undertake a beard transplant, and it can take anywhere from two to four hours. The donor hair is typically taken from the scalp as it very closely resembles the texture of beard hair. After anesthetizing both regions, the doctor takes live hair follicles from the scalp and implants them into very small incisions in the beard area. This is done with care because the doctor has to implant the hair in the direction that it normally grows and also take care of aesthetics, such as grey hairs, in a natural way.
The transplanted hairs fall out after a month, and new hair starts to grow in around three months' time, taking around a year to fully grow in. Normally, it is possible to shave, trim, or style the beard a few weeks after the beard transplant. The surgery can be expensive as it is quite laborious and requires a great deal of skill. If the beard is extremely thin, it may be necessary to go in for multiple procedures to add more thickness.
As it is a delicate procedure, a beard transplant can be just as expensive as having surgery done on the scalp. Some doctors have payment plans spread over a period of time to help patients pay for the cost of the procedure. It's important to find an experienced doctor, and before and after pictures of the surgeon's patients can help in gaining an idea of his or her skill.