Many men are unable to grow a beard because of different reasons.
This can cause low self-esteem and confidence, especially since beards have become a symbol of masculinity.
Fortunately, it is possible to restore hair growth in this area through a beard transplant in Turkey.
Overview Of Beard Transplant
A beard hair transplant surgery uses the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method, where the surgeon extracts hair follicles from the donor area on the back or sides of the scalp.
After that, the surgeon creates incisions in the beard area to insert the hair follicles. This can also be accomplished with a Choi Implanter pen for direct hair implantation (DHI).
The beard hair density and angles vary in different areas. There are more follicular units in the chin area, and their number increases down the beard.
Moreover, hair type and beard growth patterns vary among different ethnic groups.
These factors must be taken into consideration to ensure natural-looking beard transplant results.
How Much Is A Beard Transplant?
Considering the beard area is very small, beard transplants are usually cheaper than scalp hair transplants.
In general, however, the following factors can affect the price of beard transplant:
- Experience of the surgeon
- Surgical technique
- Number of grafts
- Extent of baldness (some people need a touch-up)
As far as the number of grafts is concerned, some clinics charge by the number of follicles extracted and transplanted.
We, however, charge the same for maximum grafts, so the cost of your treatment won’t vary based on that.
How Much For Beard Transplant In Turkey?
The average beard transplant cost in Turkey is £1,300 (~$1,600).
This includes the price of private transfers, accommodation, anaesthesia, surgery, medications, and aftercare.
The reason behind the low cost of a Turkish beard transplant is the weakening of the Turkish lira and the low cost of living in the country.
As far as the quality is concerned, Turkey’s surgeons have a great deal of experience in performing a facial hair transplant due to the high demand for the procedure.
So, for an affordable beard transplant Turkey cost, you can get a very high-quality surgery.
How Much Is A Beard Transplant UK?
The average beard transplant UK cost £4,000. With us, this will include the price of the anaesthesia, surgery, medications and aftercare.
Keep in mind that if you choose a clinic that charges by the graft, a beard transplant cost London may run as high as £7,000 or even more.
Additionally, beard transplant cost UK can vary a lot by the area in which the clinic is located.
For instance, if you go to an area known for its private healthcare and beard transplant celebrity clinics, the prices will be even higher.
Who Can Have A Beard Transplant & Why?
Good candidates for beard transplantation include those who have:
- Androgenetic alopecia
- Alopecia barbae (a form of alopecia areata that results from an autoimmune condition)
- Traction alopecia
- Physical trauma
- Congenital hypotrichia or atrichia
- Scarring alopecia
Men who have sparse, patchy, or completely absent facial hair make suitable candidates for beard transplantation.
However, they need to have a high density of follicular units in the donor area.
If the patient has a limited donor area and wants to get scalp hair transplantation as well, they have to choose between the two surgeries.
With a hair transplant for beard, you can achieve good coverage and density.
Am I Suitable For Hair Transplant?
What To Think About Before You Have Beard Transplant
Whether you’re having a beard transplant UK or Turkey, you need to have peace of mind that you’re choosing the right surgeon and clinic.
To ensure that, ask your surgeon about their qualifications and experience, especially with beard hair transplants.
Find out for how long they have been performing these hair transplants, and how many they have performed so far.
Follow up these questions with inquiries about their complication, transection and patient satisfaction rates.
Ask them if anything can go wrong with the beard transplant, and how the surgeon will help in such a case.
All these questions will help you make an informed decision about your beard transplant.
In addition, make sure to check out the beard transplant before and after photos of the patients to see how their results look.
Lastly, you can request a meeting with a previous patient of the surgeon who has had a beard transplant.
How Best To Prepare For A Beard Transplant In Turkey?
You need to do the following before your Turkey beard transplant:
- Discontinue blood-thinners 10 days and supplements 7 days before beard hair transplantation.
- Do not smoke for a week before surgery.
- Refrain from drugs and alcohol 3 days before the hair transplant.
- Do not shave your beard hair; it will be shaved in the clinic on the day of the beard hair transplant procedure.
- If you have acne or any other skin flare-up, inform the surgeon before the beard transplant.
This way, you can avoid any unnecessary delays in your procedure.
What Is The Procedure For Beard Transplant In Turkey?
Before the beard implant surgery, the surgeon will draw the areas on the face where beard implantation will take place. Usually, it is divided into two areas: cheeks and chin.
When drawing the design, the surgeon will take your face shape, size, and features into consideration.
Depending on that, they will determine the total number of transplanted hair you will need for your beard.
The donor area in the case of beard transplant is the hair on the back and sides of the scalp.
The scalp hair is comparable in texture, colour, and thickness to beard hair, so it ensures natural results.
For the hair transplant beard procedure itself:
- The surgeon administers local anaesthesia in the donor and recipient areas.
- Grafts are extracted from the back of the head with a punch tool.
- Incisions are made with a scalpel or Choi pen and grafts are inserted in the beard area.
The surgery usually takes a few hours, depending on how many grafts the patient needs.
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Recovery & Results Of Beard Transplantation
You can get discharged from the clinic on the day of the beard implant surgery.
Make sure to only eat soft foods for some time.
You may experience swelling, pain, bruising, and bleeding for a few days after your hair transplant procedure.
The surgical site will also form scabs. You should not try to scratch these off, as they’ll fall on their own after a few days.
You may experience shock hair loss in the beard weeks after the beard transplantation. This is normal and temporary.
You should start noticing hair growth after 3 months. It can take a year for you to grow a full beard.
Aftercare Of Beard Transplant
After your beard transplant, make sure that you do not touch your face.
Take painkillers, antibiotics, and anti-swelling medication as prescribed by your doctor.
To ensure normal recovery, you should avoid the gym, swimming pool, sauna, and direct sunlight for a few weeks to months after surgery (as advised by your doctor).
You also shouldn’t smoke for 2 weeks after the surgery or drink alcohol for 1 week.
Meanwhile, use the special shampoo and lotion given by the surgeon twice a day on the donor and recipient areas.
Start using it two days after the surgery. Do not use any other facial or haircare product for at least a month.
In addition, you need to avoid hard, chewy foods for 2-3 days after beard transplantation.
Side Effects to Expect After Beard Transplant
You may experience the following side effects temporarily after your beard transplant in Turkey:
- Ingrown hair
- Scabbing around each hair follicle
What Could Go Wrong After Beard Transplant
You may develop an infection in your new beard. It can result from different factors, such as dust, dirty fingertips, or sweating.
Make sure to take antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
Moreover, if you aggressively touch, scrub or wash your beard region, you can dislodge the grafts, which will impact the overall results of the beard transplantation.
These are all signs of a beard transplant gone wrong.
What To Do If You Have Any Problems After Beard Transplantation
If you are experiencing a postoperative complication after your beard transplant Turkey, you should immediately get in touch with the aftercare department.
They’re available online. You can also call or email them.
Alternatives To Beard Transplant
If you’re ineligible for beard transplantation due to insufficient hair in the donor area, you can discuss other hair loss treatments with your doctor.
It may include topical/oral hair loss medications and/or supplements.
Other Procedures To Have With Beard Transplant
You can strengthen the hair grafts in the recipient area and speed up the healing process by getting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. You can get it right after or months after the beard hair surgery.
Does beard transplantation leave scars?
You will not have any visible scarring in the transplanted area after the beard transplant.
Can I shave after a beard transplant?
Yes. You can start using scissors after two months, a trimmer after three months, and a razor after six months on your new beard.
How many grafts do I need for a beard transplant?
You may need around 2,500 hair grafts for your beard transplant. However, it can vary according to the face shape/size, donor area, and the aesthetic goals of the patient.
At what age can I get a beard transplant?
This depends on you since you may be unable to grow a beard in your teenage years, the early or late twenties. There’s no minimum age requirement for a beard transplant.
Who is the beard transplant surgeon, what are their qualifications and experience?
We will share the CV and portfolio of the surgeon performing your beard transplant. You can find out more about them on our website.
Does the doctor have insurance that covers beard transplants?
All the surgeons at beard transplant London and Istanbul clinics have insurance against malpractice. So, you can rest assured.
Will follow-up checks for beard transplantation be offered in the UK, and who will do them?
Yes, you can get a follow-up appointment with a beard transplant specialist at our chosen London clinic.
Can I wear a mask after a beard transplant?
Unfortunately, you can’t wear a face mask for at least a week after a beard transplant.
Reviewed and Approved by Dr. Hassan Soueid.