Beard & moustache transplant
Beard trends have evolved over the years. Today, the percentage of men wearing a beard has been increasing and we can notice many actors, musicians and other public figures showing a thick beard. In parallel, we have been witnessing the opening of numerous barber shops.
Nowadays patients ask for a densification in order to create more masculine facial features, they ask for a fuller beard and sometimes to create a moustache or to cover a scar.
Beard hair presents several characteristics we have to keep in mind for a transplant:
- It is thicker than any other body hair,
- Generally, there is just one hair per follicle unit.
During a hair transplant, we have to carefully select thicker and isolated hair.
Harvesting can be achieved in two ways:
- On the part below the chin, we can harvest hairs which are identical as the one we find on the cheeks,
- On the scalp, in this case we have to look for thicker hair.
The colour is also essential, especially in the case of grey hair, we have to wisely mix black hair with white hair in order to achieve a grey illusion.
The transplant technique is very peculiar, tangential on the cheeks, hairs do not grow perpendicularly on this part of the face.
The time of the operation is similar to a classic hair transplant because the number of transplanted hair, because the number of grafts is often elevated (between 2000 and 2500 grafts for a full face).
The postoperative cares are also similar to the one of a classic hair transplant, we can observe little scabs which will fall off within 10 days, sometimes there is a light swelling.
The cleaning must be daily and off course patient will have to wait 2 weeks before the first shave, after a proper scarring.
We want to underline that if we can use hair located on the scalp to create a beard, it works all the way around, beard hairs can be used for a hair transplant if the donor area located at the back of the scalp is too poor.