Beard Transplantation


Beard transplantation, also known as facial hair transplantation or beard hair restoration, is a surgical procedure used to enhance or restore facial hair growth in individuals who have thin or patchy facial hair or who are unable to grow a beard due to genetic or hormonal factors.

During a beard transplantation procedure, hair follicles are harvested from a donor area, typically the back of the scalp, where hair is genetically programmed to be resistant to hair loss. These harvested follicles are then transplanted into the beard area where the patient desires more facial hair. The transplanted hair follicles typically continue to grow in their new location, resulting in improved beard density and appearance.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and can take several hours to complete, depending on the extent of the transplantation. The recovery period can vary, but patients may experience some swelling, redness, and minor discomfort in the donor and recipient areas for a few days to a week after the procedure.

It’s important to note that beard transplantation is a surgical procedure and carries risks, including infection, scarring, and potential damage to existing hair follicles. It’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon to perform the procedure to minimize risks and achieve desired results.

If you are interested in beard transplantation, we invite you to consult our free specialists at our clinic to determine if you are a suitable candidate and to discuss the benefits of the procedure. For more information please contact us at our numbers.  

Why Should I Have a Beard Transplantation ?

Beard density and growth: If you have persistent thin or patchy facial hair growth that does not meet your aesthetic goals, a beard transplant may be an option to enhance the density and appearance of your beard.

How is Beard Transplantation Performed?

Beard transplants are typically performed as an outpatient procedure and involve several key steps, including:

Consultation: The process usually starts with a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon or hair restoration specialist. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the way your beard grows, discuss your aesthetic goals, and assess your suitability for the procedure. They will also explain the potential risks, benefits and healing process associated with a beard transplant.

Donor hair removal: The next step involves removing healthy hair follicles from a donor site on your body, typically from the back of the scalp. The hair follicles are extracted with follicular unit extraction (FUE), just like in hair transplantation, and after they are kept in nutrient solutions, the beard planting phase is started.

Creating a recipient area: After the donor hair follicles are prepared, the surgeon will create small incisions or recipient areas in the beard area where the transplanted follicles will be placed. Recipient areas are strategically created to mimic the natural growth pattern and angle of the beard hair, taking into account the aesthetic result desired by the patient.

Follicle transplantation: The prepared hair follicles are then carefully transferred to the recipient areas using special tools. The surgeon will meticulously place the follicles in the recipient areas, paying attention to the direction, angle, and density to achieve a natural-looking result.

Is beard transplantation performed with hair transplantation at the same time?

Yes, beard transplantation can often be performed in conjunction with hair transplantation, depending on the patient’s individual needs and goals. In fact, the same techniques, such as follicular unit extraction (FUE) used for hair transplantation can also be used for beard transplantation.

Is beard transplantation done in cases of burn scars?

Yes, beard transplantation can be performed in cases of burn marks on the beard area. Burn marks on the beard area can result in permanent hair loss and can affect the appearance and self-esteem of the individual. Beard transplantation can be a viable option for restoring hair in the beard area and improving the aesthetic appearance.

The procedure for beard transplantation in cases of burn marks is similar to that of regular beard transplantation, which involves harvesting healthy hair follicles from a donor area (typically the back of the scalp) and transplanting them into the beard area. The harvested hair follicles are carefully transplanted into the recipient sites in the beard area, creating a natural-looking beard.

However, the surgical approach may need to be tailored to the specific characteristics of burn scars, such as scar tissue, altered blood supply, and potential changes in skin texture and color. An experienced plastic surgeon or hair restoration specialist will assess the burn scar and develop an appropriate surgical plan to optimize the results of the beard transplantation procedure.

For detailed information, we welcome you to our clinic in Istanbul for free consultation from our experts.

A beard transplantation is permanent?

Yes, a beard transplantation is generally considered to be a permanent solution for restoring hair in the beard area. The transplanted hair follicles are typically harvested from the donor area (typically the back of the scalp) which is resistant to hair loss, and they are then transplanted into the beard area. These transplanted hair follicles continue to grow and behave like natural beard hair, and they are not typically affected by the same factors that can cause hair loss in other areas.

Recovery Process After Beard Transplant

Bandage: Immediately after transplantation, the treated beard area is covered with a protective dressing or bandage. These bandages are usually removed one or two days after the procedure.

Medications: After the operation, our Tetik Health team of experts will prescribe medications to help manage pain, swelling and potential infection. It is important to follow the prescribed medication regimen as instructed by your surgeon.

Resting and care of the transplanted area: It is important not to apply any trauma or pressure to the transplanted beard area for the first few days after the procedure. You should avoid touching or scratching the transplanted area and follow your surgeon’s instructions for gentle cleaning and care of the beard area.

Swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising around the beard may occur after planting and usually go away in a few days to a week. Applying cold compresses as directed by your surgeon can help reduce swelling and bruising.

Physical activity: Strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting, and activities that may cause sweating should be avoided for several days or as directed by your surgeon, as they can increase the risk of infection and affect the healing process.

Protection from the sun: It is important to protect the transplanted beard area from the sun’s rays for a long time during the healing process. Sunscreen or protective clothing can help prevent sunburn and protect against damage to newly transplanted sensitive follicles.

Hair loss and regrowth: It is normal for the transplanted hair to shed in the first few weeks after the procedure. However, new hair will start to grow in a few months and the full results of beard transplantation will be completed at the end of a year.

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