Patchy and thin facial hair is a common problem among men, with up to 50% of men reporting that they are disappointed with their beard’s current density and coverage. Fortunately, men who have struggled for years to grow attractive facial hair can now enjoy natural, permanent hair growth with a beard transplant performed by an experienced hair transplant specialist. Beard transplant patients may request sideburns, a long beard, goatee, mustache, or a short scruffy beard.
The beard transplant procedure is customized to enhance the patient’s appearance and personal requests are welcome. Some men prefer a scruffy or rugged beard, while others want a professional, groomed appearance at all times. Other options may include:
- Coverage of burns and scars caused by a prior injury.
- Creating a natural, permanent beard for FTM transgender men.
- Filling in thin or bare areas in a man’s beard.
Ideal beard transplant candidates should have between 2,000 and 2,500 viable hair follicles located in the back area of the scalp, where the hair is typically the thickest and most resistant to hair loss, making it perfect for beard transplantation. They must also have realistic expectations and be willing to follow all aftercare instructions in order to encourage the best results. A hair transplant specialist determines each patient’s candidacy during a private consultation.
What is a Beard Transplant?
A hair transplant specialist performs a beard transplant procedure to fill in a patchy beard or to create sideburns, a goatee, or a full beard. The doctor chooses a donor area on the back or sides of the scalp where the hair matches the coarseness and color of the patient’s beard. The hair is then transferred from the donor area to the beard using FUT or FUE technology, which provides natural-looking, permanent results.
FUE Beard Transplants
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) involves removing individual follicle units of 1-4 hairs in a group and is most hair transplant specialists’ preferred option. This process allows the doctor to remove strands from dense areas and artfully place the hairs to create sideburns, a mustache, or even a full beard. FUE also allows the physician to reduce scarring in the donor area so the patient can wear their hair as short as they would like.
FUT Beard Transplants
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) requires the surgeon to extract a strip of follicles from a hair-dense donor area. Experienced hair transplant specialists may combine FUT and FUE technology in the same procedure to ensure that the patient has enough donor hair to form a complete, natural beard. The FUT incision creates a linear scar in the donor area that rarely experiences hair loss and typically remains concealed under all but the shortest haircuts.
Beard Transplant Side Effects
Experienced hair transplant experts provide the best results and have the skills needed to ensure an easier recovery, but some temporary side effects are common. For example, the skin is sensitive and itchy for several days after the surgery. Patients must avoid picking at or touching the area because this could cause inflammation, irritation, or infection and affect the new grafts.
The following temporary side effects are common after a beard transplant:
- Crusting or scabs
FUE and FUT Side Effects
FUE typically involves an easy recovery with less swelling and irritation than FUT. FUE creates tiny, barely noticeable punctures as the donor hair is extracted from the back of the head and implanted into the beard area. FUT typically creates more inflammation, and the recovery process is slightly longer because it involves the removal of a large strip of follicles from the donor area.
FUT and FUE technology are sometimes performed together during a hybrid procedure to ensure that the patient ends up with a natural-looking, full beard. Beard transplant candidates should research their physician carefully before scheduling a facial hair transplant because it is a specialized surgery that can have disastrous results when an inexperienced surgeon performs the procedure.
Beard Transplant Risks
The benefits of a beard transplant significantly outweigh the low surgical risks associated with facial hair transplantation when it is performed by an experienced hair transplant specialist. When an experienced doctor performs the surgery, they carefully select the donor area to ensure that the donor hair matches the texture and color of the patient’s natural beard hair. Advanced hair specialists also use the latest technology to provide their patients with excellent placement and a reduced risk for scarring.
WebMD warns patients to avoid unqualified hair transplant doctors because of increased risks like:
- Nerve damage
- Hair loss
- Poor results
- Mismatched hair
The risks associated with well-performed beard restoration procedures are minimal, and patients rarely experience extended discomfort or unsatisfactory results. Most men resume their regular schedule the following day and return to work shortly after their transplant surgery. Please note: beard transplant candidates must follow after-care instructions and avoid swimming, sunbathing, hot tubs, and intense exercise until they are cleared for these activities by their surgeon.
Transgender Beard Transplant Candidates
During the female to male transgender (FTM) transition process, patients often request hair transplantation to add chest and pubic hair or create fuller, more masculine sideburns, goatees, beards, or eyebrows. A plastic surgeon may recommend a beard transplant along with another male cosmetic procedure for FTM transgender men, such as primary or revision rhinoplasty, liposuction of the face and jawline, augmentation or reduction of the jaw and brow, or chin implants.
Most FTM patients travel from out-of-state to see a qualified surgeon who has years of experience serving transgender patients. Virtual consultations are usually the first step in these cases.
Candidates for Scar Revision and Beard Transplant Surgery
Scars caused by a previous surgery or injury can be prominent and unsightly. Individuals who feel self-conscious about their scars may be candidates for scar revision, which reduces the appearance of a scar but won’t completely erase it. Scar revision can allow the individual to feel more comfortable with their appearance and decrease:
- Surface irregularity
- Raised (hypertrophic) scars
- Burn scars
Scar revision surgery does not altogether remove scars but significantly improves the appearance and texture of scarring. Beard transplant surgery is an option for men who have scar revision surgery and would like to hide any slight imperfections that remain after the surgery. The plastic surgeon will explain the expected results during the consultation.
Scar Revision Candidates
A board-certified facial plastic surgeon will perform an examination, discuss the origin of the scars, review the patient’s medical history, and review their goals during a private consultation. The surgeon will recommend a method for scar revision to create a much smaller and less noticeable scar, such as dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, or cosmetic scar revision surgery.
Potential scar revision candidates should meet the following qualifications:
- Facial scarring
- Good physical health
- Realistic scar revision goals
- Non-smoker or willing to quit (smoking can hinder the healing process)
The doctor will provide detailed aftercare instructions. Some itching and tenderness are common, but the area typically heals within a week or two. The final results are seen in a few months and are long-lasting.
Scar Revision Beard Transplant Candidates
Some scars may require multiple procedures, and this is particularly common when steroids are injected into the incision to help with healing. The surgeon may recommend a beard transplant procedure after scar revision surgery to conceal any remaining imperfections. FUE beard transplant technology allows the surgeon to strategically place transplanted hairs to hide small scars in the beard area.
Beard Transplant Candidate Complementary Treatments
A beard transplant provides male patients with outstanding benefits, and the procedure may be performed in conjunction with another cosmetic surgery to achieve enhanced results. Men often request complementary treatments, such as a chin implant, rhinoplasty, eyebrow transplant, or cosmetic injectables to reduce signs of aging. Candidacy for facial hair transplants and complementary procedures is determined during the consultation based on the patient’s health and cosmetic goals.
Men may request a chin implant to improve the shape and balance of their face. A chin implant is a safe procedure that provides definition and an improved profile for men who desire a more masculine, chiseled appearance. The implant is inserted using a small incision under the chin, and this procedure may be combined with a beard transplant to provide men with a more masculine, assertive, or confident appearance.
Every nose is different and each rhinoplasty procedure is individualized to match the patient’s goals. Rhinoplasty provides natural-looking results when it is performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon using natural cartilage rather than artificial implants, meticulously placed incisions, and a projectimeter or caliper to ensure the measurement of the nose is precise.
Rhinoplasty can correct many issues, including:
- Nasal bridge (too large or too small)
- Drooping nasal tip
- Overly large, round nasal tip
- Bump or hump on the bridge
- Deviated septum
- Large nostrils
Rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure and involves a week of downtime after the surgery to encourage optimal results. Rhinoplasty candidates must be physically healthy non-smokers whose facial growth is complete. Rhinoplasty surgery and a hair transplant may be performed within one month in most cases, depending on the patient’s natural healing process and the doctor’s recommendations.
Eyebrow restoration is a routine procedure that is commonly performed with a beard transplant. Men often lose the lateral area of the eyebrow due to age or desire a thicker brow for cosmetic reasons.
Men may bring photos to the consultation as examples of the eyebrows they want or may use eyeliner to fill in the brow as they explain the look they wish to achieve. Patients are actively involved in designing their brows and beards to ensure they receive the results they want.
Facial fillers and injectables
Sun exposure, squinting, and other facial movements create signs of aging in men, including laugh lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, drooping brows, and more. Injectable fillers are among the most popular aesthetic treatments available to rejuvenate the skin and smooth wrinkles, fill grooves, and replace facial volume. Men often request injectables along with a beard transplant for a more youthful appearance.
The doctor administers injectable fillers through a series of tiny injections in areas of the face and brows based on the patient’s goals. Restylane®, Botox®, Sculptra®, and Voluma® are some of the most well-known treatment options. Injectables and fillers improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and typically last several months to one year, depending on the treatment.
The cosmetic surgeon performs an examination, discusses the patient’s goals, and reviews their health history before determining their candidacy for facial fillers or injectables. The plastic surgeon will discuss treating the wrinkles following a beard transplant. Botox and injectables only impact the injection site and will not affect hair growth after beard restoration.
Beard Transplant Candidates Benefit from PRP Growth Therapy
Beard transplant candidates requesting fuller, natural facial hair may benefit from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) growth therapy. PRP is commonly performed as a stand-alone treatment to encourage hair growth and may be completed along with beard transplantation by an experienced hair transplant specialist to improve results and speed healing.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP technology, has been used for many years to encourage the healing of ligaments, tendons, and muscles in individuals experiencing sporting injuries and in patients who have undergone surgical procedures, including open-heart surgery. Platelet-rich plasma therapy after hair transplantation is relatively new. PRP is an evolving treatment that promises to reverse hair loss and improve results when performed with beard and hair transplants.
The PRP hair growth treatment may also be combined with Acell, a regenerative matrix product derived from the porcine bladder, further enhancing hair growth while ensuring purity and safety. Soon, platelet-rich plasma therapy may be considered standard care to be performed with all hair transplant procedures. Surgeons with advanced experience in hair restoration now offer PRP as an add-on service to beard transplant candidates, and the cost of the PRP treatment is applied to the total price of the beard transplant.
PRP treatment offers a 70% to 80% response rate. Improved graft regrowth is experienced when platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp or in the grafts’ location, especially for candidates with scarring from an injury or prior transplant and in areas where hair growth is naturally low. The hair transplant specialist may prescribe PRP treatment with a beard transplant for the following benefits:
- Increasing the number of successfully transplanted grafts
- Accelerating healing in the donor and recipient area
- Awakening dormant hairs
- Thickening thin hair
- Slowing active hair loss
- Minimizing scarring when injected into the FUE donor site or FUT/strip
- Encouraging enhanced regrowth of grafts
- Speeding healing
- Improving regrowth of grafts
- Treating hair loss in other areas of the scalp and non-transplanted hairs
Platelet Rich Plasma and Beard Transplant Procedure
When PRP is performed as a standalone treatment, two to four treatments are completed over six months. When PRP is performed with a hair transplant, it is typically conducted once with the hair transplant and repeated six months later. The doctor may recommend bi-yearly treatments to prevent hair loss or thinning on the scalp.
- Local anesthesia is applied to the scalp.
- Blood is drawn from the patient’s arm.
- The blood is spun at high speed in a centrifuge to isolate growth factor proteins and platelets.
- The platelets are extracted using a syringe for injection.
- Acell may be added to the treatment because it encourages regeneration and improves the probability of a positive result.
- The hair transplant is performed, and the PRP growth factor is used to treat hair follicles before implantation before it is injected into the donor area and targeted areas of the beard and scalp to improve the hair transplant results.
Risks associated with PRP combined with a beard transplant are uncommon but may include temporary bruising where blood is drawn, bruising in the donor area caused by injections, or worsened hair loss. Tylenol and similar pain relievers effectively treat minor discomfort and headaches that could occur after the procedure. The hair transplant specialist will discuss the benefits and risks of PRP with the candidate during the beard transplant consultation.
What to Expect at a Beard Transplant Consultation
The beard transplant specialist meets with new patients during a private consultation to determine if they are an ideal candidate for a beard transplant performed using either FUE or FUT technology. The doctor asks the patient to share their goals, examines their scalp to determine if the donor area has an adequate number of healthy hair follicles, and reviews their medical history before deciding if the surgery will provide them with their desired results.
The surgeon will provide the patient with a customized treatment plan if he qualifies as a candidate for a beard transplant procedure. The hair transplant specialist then explains the recovery process and expected results before scheduling the procedure. The office staff will share payment options with the patient and provide them with pre- and post-treatment instructions to ensure the best possible results.
The specialist invites out-of-town patients to schedule a virtual consultation using a video chat app. The patient completes an online health profile and uploads photos. If the patient qualifies as a beard transplant candidate, the doctor explains the customized procedure and the anticipated results, the cost, and the recovery.
The patient is invited to schedule a beard transplant procedure and arrives the day before for an in-person exam. Out-of-town patients are typical, and the office staff provides them with travel instructions, hotel recommendations, and engaging local spots to visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is safe to travel before and shortly after having a beard transplant performed. Patients typically travel to have a qualified out-of-state beard transplant specialist perform this specialized hair transplant procedure.
It is essential to see an experienced doctor with excellent reviews and photos demonstrating the surgeon’s outstanding results. Men typically arrive the day before the surgery, return for a follow-up visit the next day, and travel home after a brief stay.
The precise number of grafts needed for the beard transplant is based on the patient’s unique goals and existing facial hair. A full beard transplant typically requires 2,500 to 3,000 grafts. The patient may require additional hair grafts for their sideburns and mustache, depending on their personal goals.
Most patients experience short-term side effects, including numbness, mild swelling, tightness, and tiny scabs. Patients must follow the surgeon’s recovery and personal care instructions to ensure proper healing and excellent results.
Ideal beard transplant candidates are transgender female-to-male patients, men with patchy beard growth, and men with burns and small scars from a prior injury who desire a more masculine appearance or a more attractive beard. Men of all races and ethnicities, including Asian and African-American men, seek out beard transplants each year. New patients should ask their surgeon for before and after beard transplant photos.
Why Choose Beard Transplant Specialist Dr. Bared in Miami, FL
Dr. Anthony Bared, MD, FACS is a highly-respected Miami facial plastic surgeon and one of the best beard transplant specialists in the United States. Some hair transplant doctors have under-qualified technicians perform the transplant to reduce the cost, which increases the risk of hair transplant failure and infection. Dr. Bared is a highly skilled surgeon who emphasizes the importance of each patient, and he performs each hair transplant surgery himself.
Dr. Bared serves men of every race, nationality, and background, including FTM transgender men, and he is pleased to provide each man with a beard they can proudly display. He serves local and out-of-state patients at his beautiful modern facility at Facial Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida. Dr. Bared’s many qualifications include:
- A board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in facelifts, rhinoplasty, and hair transplants
- Board-certified otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist)
- Advanced facial and hair transplant specialist
- FUE and FUT transplant specialist
- Personalized treatment that accommodates patients’ specific requests
- Many years of experience and has performed over 1,000 facial hair transplants.
- Beautiful Miami facility featuring the latest technology
- Each hair transplanted by Dr. Bared has a 90% survival rate.
- Outstanding patient testimonials
Request a Miami Beard Transplant Consultation
Call 305-912-9646 and schedule a virtual or in-person consultation to learn more about facial hair transplant surgery with renowned beard specialist Dr. Bared in Miami, Florida, or visit Facial Plastic Surgery Miami to schedule your beard transplant consultation online.