Many men like the look of a thick beard. Unfortunately, not all men can grow full beards due to genetics, injuries, or previous hair removal treatments. Such issues may make it difficult for a man to grow a full beard. The good news is there is an effective, permanent solution available for insufficient facial hair: a beard transplant.
Beard transplants are performed just like hair transplant procedures on the scalp and use the same donor areas that are used in hair transplants. Dr. Anthony Bared, MD, FACS offers natural-looking beard transplants to men in South Florida who would like to be able to grow a masculine-looking beard but are unable to do so naturally.
Dr. Bared specializes in hair restoration procedures such as beard hair transplants. Facial hair restoration is a specialty within hair transplantation which is not performed by many plastic surgeons, at all. This is why so many patients in Miami and Tampa seek beard transplant expert, Dr. Bared, for restoring their facial hair loss. The doctor’s background as a facial plastic surgeon affords him the artistic capabilities to produce very natural results in facial hair restoration.
Benefits of a Beard Transplant
A beard transplant can enhance a man’s facial hair, thicken their existing beard, or fill in bald patches. It can leave them with a natural and permanent look that fits in well with the texture and pattern of their natural hair in other areas of their face.
After undergoing a beard transplant, men often feel more masculine and confident. Since every man has different aesthetic goals, Dr. Bared creates customized beard transplant procedures for each patient. He can transplant hair to create a full beard, mustache, goatee, or sideburns, or simply fill in patchy beard areas through a patient’s own donor hair.
What to Expect During a Consultation
All patients will need to attend a consultation with Dr. Bared before scheduling a beard transplant in Miami, FL, to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure.
On the day of your consultation, Dr. Bared will listen to your goals, assess your donor hair, and existing facial hair pattern. If he believes a beard hair transplantation is the right treatment option for the patient’s needs, a customized procedure plan will be created, and he will discuss the transplant techniques he will use, as well as answer any questions the patient may have.
The amount of existing facial hair and the desired design will determine the number of grafts needed for the procedure. In some cases, secondary procedures are needed to achieve the degree of density some seek.
Given that a lot of Dr. Bared’s facial hair restoration patients travel to see him, Dr. Bared performs consultations over webcam for his out-of-town patients.
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Day of the Procedure
A beard transplant is similar to a hair transplant procedure. If you elect to do so, an oral sedative can be taken for the procedure to lessen any discomfort.
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Bared marks out the beard design along with you in front of a mirror. The doctor then evaluates the color and texture of the facial hair to determine the ideal donor site.
Then, he will harvest the follicular units (groups of hair follicles) from the donor site on the side or back of the scalp, typically using the FUE (follicular unit extraction) method, which helps reduce scarring. Depending on the number of grafts needed, the back and sides of the scalp can be buzzed for the donor hair.
Next, he’ll carefully prepare the grafts and position each individual hair, one by one, into the patient’s natural facial hair at the proper angle so that each transplanted hair seamlessly blends in with the existing beard. To create a fuller, thicker appearance, the units of hair follicles can be added to the mustache or sideburns, as well.
The length of a beard transplant procedure depends on the number of hairs necessary to meet the patient’s particular goals. In most cases, hair transplants are completed in 2 to 5 hours.
Recovery and Aftercare
The recovery process following the hair transplant surgery takes roughly a week. Patients should follow all aftercare instructions to promote optimal results and to prevent complications. Even though patients may experience swelling and a few other side effects, many can return to work and other non-vigorous activities the day after the procedure.
Soon after the recovery period, the transplanted follicle units will begin to fall out. Hair regrowth usually starts around four to six months. The transplanted hair can be treated as any other facial hair and allowed to grow out or shaved.
Most patients are satisfied with the initial density from one procedure but a secondary, touch-up procedure can be performed after 1 year to create further density.
Men must wait to resume shaving after beard transplant surgery until Dr. Bared indicates that it is safe to do so. Patients can trim their facial hair however they wish after about 2 weeks post-surgery but will need to wait an entire month until they will be permitted to resume shaving. Shaving before the recommended time can cause the grafts to grow in the wrong direction or become dislodged.
Patients are to keep the face dry for the first five days after the procedure. This allows for the grafts to set properly.
Topical antibiotic ointment is applied to the donor area whether a strip or FUE technique was used. Patients are then shown how to wet the face after 5 days with soap and water, starting to remove the crusts. Shaving is permitted after 10 days.
Pinkness to the face can be present after the procedure and usually resolves after a few weeks. This is most commonly seen in patients with very fair complexion.
Why Choose Dr. Bared for your Facial Hair Restoration?
Dr. Anthony Bared, MD, FACS, has performed hair transplants on men of all ages and ethnic backgrounds and will design a customized procedure that helps you achieve your dream of a robust beard and natural facial hair growth. He is experienced, detail-oriented, and knows exactly what it takes to perform a hair transplant procedure that leads to natural-looking results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Genetics plays a vital role in facial hair growth. While some men are blessed with thick, full facial hair, others are unable to grow a beard or struggle with patchiness, hair loss, or thin hair. Fortunately, a beard transplant can be an ideal permanent solution for men who struggle with growing a beard.
Yes. Once the hair transplant has been completed, the hair is permanent. Patients can expect about 90% of their transplanted hair to grow. Regrowth begins about 3 months after surgery.
The density and thickness of a man’s hair will determine how many grafts they need. However, the average number of individual beard hair transplant grafts required to fill in a full beard is 3,000.
A typical beard hair transplant takes 2 to 5 hours. The thickness desired and the amount of coverage necessary will dictate how long the procedure will take.
Most patients report minimal pain and discomfort after plastic surgery, including hair transplants. Since individual follicular units are removed one at a time, there are no painful incisions and minimal scarring. Patients who are concerned about feeling any pain are encouraged to let Dr. Bared know so he can recommend a solution.
Scarring and infection are the two major side effects of beard transplants. If patients choose to work with a highly skilled hair transplant surgeon like Dr. Bared, these complications are rare. Patients may experience swelling during the recovery period but this will typically subside in several days.
We recommend that patients avoid shaving for at least a month after a beard transplant. By doing so, they can ensure their grafts grow in properly and do not become dislodged. If they wish, they may trim their facial hair 2 weeks after the procedure.
There are many treatments available at drugstores and online that claim to improve the way facial hair grows. The unfortunate reality is that these treatments often produce minimal to no results. If they do produce results, the results often look unnatural or are temporary. At Facial Plastic Surgery Miami, however, we do offer non-surgical hair restoration options for those who wish for something minimally-invasive. Patients are encouraged to schedule a consultation to learn about beard transplants, the natural, permanent solution that can restore their confidence and help them look and feel more attractive.
Book your Miami Beard Transplant Consult Today
If you have struggled to grow a thick beard and are interested in learning more about how a beard transplant may help you look and feel more masculine, it is in your best interest to schedule a private consultation with expert hair transplant surgeon Dr. Anthony Bared. You can call us at 305-912-9646 or fill out our handy online contact form to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you in your beard transplant journey at our Miami or Tampa locations!