Patchy or thinning facial hair can be a source of frustration for many men. Beard and moustache trends go in and out of fashion all the time but, over the last few years, the popularity of thick beards and ‘designer’ stubble has skyrocketed. As ‘No-Shave November’ arrives, you might be wondering how to achieve a facial hair look to be admired. A hair transplant is one solution that can change your look and impact your life, but if that’s not enough to convince you to undergo the procedure, here are our top ten things to know if you’re interested in having the treatment.
Some men can’t grow facial hair
If you’ve been trying to grow a beard for years and the most success you’ve had is no more than a fine layer of stubble, you should know that it’s not anything you’re doing wrong – it’s unfortunately down to your genetics.
Beard growth is produced through a chemical known as dihydrotestosterone, so a man’s ability to grow a beard is determined by how their body reacts to this kind of testosterone – or any testosterone for that matter.
Men with thick beards are usually more sensitive to testosterone than those who can’t grow one at all, but fortunately, anyone can have a beard or moustache transplant to replicate the appearance of natural facial hair growth.
Hair will be taken from your head
Many men wonder where the hair used to create a luxurious beard will come from. It’s typically taken from the back of your scalp, where the hair is fine and most closely represents that which grows naturally on the chin.
The transplanted hair will fall out
You will experience hair loss from your beard after the beard transplant procedure, but there’s no need to panic! After two weeks, depending on each individual patient, the hair will shed, but it will grow back within three months. It can take several months to see the full results of your treatment, but your surgeon will explain the procedure fully, including the results you can expect to see, during your consultation so you can have a better idea of what is to come.
The procedure is quick and non-intrusive
Advancements in technology are improving cosmetic surgery procedures all the time, making them quicker, more successful and less painful. Generally, the procedure will take between three and nine hours, depending on the number of grafts required and the size of the area being worked on. While some patients do experience some pain after the treatment, this has been described as minimal and ‘less than expected’.
The number of grafts vary
It sounds obvious, but many men aren’t aware of just how many grafts are needed to create the beard or moustache they desire. This number can vary, but a goatee may require between 1,000 and 1,500 grafts, while a full beard could need more than 3,000 grafts!
You will need some recovery time
Despite the procedure taking very little time, and rarely requiring a second round of treatment, you will need a day or two to recover afterwards. You can usually return home on the same day but it’s best to take it easy before you go back to resuming your daily activities.
Treatment can suit your budget
The cost of treatment can vary dramatically, which is why so many people are seeking treatment from leading surgeons in Turkey. In the UK, treatment can cost upwards of £7,500.
Hair can be transplanted to sideburns and eyebrows too
Did you know that hair can be transplanted to just about anywhere? If you’ve lost your eyebrows due to a medical condition such as Alopecia, or would just like to create stylish sideburns, there is a broad variety of hair and eyebrow transplant procedures available to help you.
The results can improve your confidence
One of the main reasons that men decide to have a beard or moustache transplant is because they simply aren’t happy with how they look. In many cultures, facial hair is directly associated with masculinity and self-worth which means that men can feel inferior due to their inability to grow a beard. Having a transplant and achieving a natural looking, full beard can improve your confidence dramatically.
You’re not alone
The number of men having beard and moustache transplants in the UK is on the rise. So, if you’re considering having the procedure carried out in order to help improve your self-esteem, you will be far from alone. It might surprise you to learn that it is not just the Hollywood stars who are having the treatment; last year in the UK alone around 4,500 hair transplant procedures were carried out.