19/02/2023 0 Comments
Beard Transplant: Your Questions Answered
As one of Ireland's best and most established beard transplant clinics, we have helped hundreds of men get the facial hair they have always dreamed of.
Of course, before getting a beard transplant, patients will inevitably have questions. To make it that much easier for individuals to access this information, we have compiled the below blog, which answers some of the most common questions.
How does a beard transplant work?
A beard transplant is a cosmetic procedure involving transplanting hair follicles from one part of the body to the beard area to create a fuller, thicker beard. The procedure is performed using a technique called follicular unit extraction (FUE).
During beard transplant, our surgeon will first identify a donor area on the patient's body with healthy hair follicles, usually the back of the head or the sides of the scalp. The donor area will then be shaved and numbed with a local anaesthetic.
The surgeon will then use our electronic punch instrument to extract individual hair follicles from the donor area. The follicles are carefully removed one at a time, and each is inspected under a microscope to ensure that it is healthy and intact.
The surgeon will then carefully insert the individual hair follicles using the Direct In method of placement, paying close attention to the direction and angle of the hair growth to ensure a natural-looking result.
After the procedure is complete, the patient will need to follow a strict aftercare regimen to ensure the best possible results. This may include avoiding strenuous activity, and following specific instructions for washing and caring for the newly transplanted hairs. Over time, the transplanted hairs will grow and mature, resulting in a fuller, thicker beard.
How long does a beard transplant take to heal?
The healing time for a beard transplant can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the transplant, the number of hair follicles transplanted, and the individual's healing process. However, here is a general timeline of what to expect during the healing process:
- The first few days: After the procedure, patients will experience some swelling, redness, and discomfort in the beard area. Most patients can return to work within a few days of the transplant, but they should avoid strenuous physical activity or anything that might rub or irritate the transplant area.
- The first week: Within a week of the transplant, patients may experience scabbing and crusting around the hair follicles. This is normal and should be left alone to avoid damaging the transplanted hair. Patients should continue to avoid physical activity that might cause sweating or rubbing in the beard area.
- The second week: By the second week, the scabs and crusts will begin to fall off independently. Patients can resume normal activities but should still be gentle with the beard area and avoid direct sunlight or tanning.
- The first month: During the first month, patients should continue to be gentle with the beard area and avoid anything that might damage the transplanted hair. The hairs will begin to shed during this time, which is a normal part of the healing process.
- After the first month: After the first month, patients will typically begin to see new hair growth in the beard area. It can take up to a year for the hairs to fully mature and achieve their final thickness and appearance.
It's important to follow your surgeon's instructions for aftercare and attend follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth and successful healing process.
Where does beard transplant hair come from?
In most cases, the hair follicles used for a beard transplant come from the patient's scalp, the most common donor area for hair transplantation. The hair on the back and sides of the scalp is often genetically programmed to be resistant to balding and thinning, making it an ideal source of healthy hair follicles for transplantation.
Sometimes, if the patient does not have enough healthy hair on their scalp, the hair follicles may be sourced from other body parts, such as the chest or back. However, hair from these areas may not always be an ideal match for the beard area, and the surgeon must carefully consider the texture, thickness, and colour of the hair before making a decision.
Regardless of the donor area, it is essential to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon who can ensure that the hair follicles are carefully extracted, transplanted, and managed to achieve a natural-looking, full beard.
How much does a beard transplant cost?
The cost of a beard transplant can vary depending on the size of the area and density the patient is looking to achieve, our prices start from just €2400
Our Dublin clinic can provide patients with a fully individualised beard transplant quote.
Do you have more beard transplant questions? Then please get in contact with our Dublin hair clinic today. Our experts are on hand to answer all your enquires.
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