Beard transplantation is a procedure performed to regain the normal look in the beard area that has never had any hair, or that experienced a hair loss due to any reason. While this procedure enables the individuals to regain their self-confidence, it also ensures that they make peace with the mirror. The procedure is similar to hair transplantation procedures, and the results obtained are quite satisfactory. Loss of beard hair can have many reasons. Alopecia areata, also known as ringworm, is the most common reason for the need for beard transplantation.
What is Beard Transplant? How Is It Performed?
Beard transplantation is the process of transplanting the hair follicles taken from the donor area to the area, which does not have any hair from birth or has lost the hair over time. In this process, although the donor area is usually chosen as the nape area, it is possible to collect roots from locations such as under the chin and neck area in some cases. FUE technique is preferred in beard transplantation. In the first stage of this application, hair follicles are removed from the donor area. After a sufficient amount of grafts are collected, the transplantation process begins. For beard transplantation, a channel should be opened in the area to be transplanted. Opening of the channels according to a certain plan is of great importance in terms of the natural appearance to be achieved. To achieve a natural appearance, it is necessary to catch the growth angle of the beard. The grafts obtained after the opening of the channel is completed are placed in these channels.
Who Can Have a Beard Transplant?
This procedure is suitable for individuals, who are born with no beard, or who grow very rarely. Beard transplantation may also be preferred in cases where there is no regional beard growth after any injury, beard loss due to discomfort such as ringworm, or hair loss due to the use of medications. In addition, individuals, who have undergone gender reassignment surgery, can have a beard transplant if they want to have a thicker and dense beard after hormone treatments.
Individuals, who have medical problems that will prevent the procedure, who have diseases such as HIV without a protective vaccine, have chronic diseases, and do not get approval of the physician, should not have beard transplantation. In addition, all individuals, who are able to perform the procedures before and after the procedure, can have a beard transplant.
Planning Process Before Beard Transplant
In the beard transplant, the general medical condition of the individual should be examined first. Planning is made if there are no obstacles for the procedure. The planning process involves the identification of the donor area, the approximate number of grafts to be collected, and determination of the areas, where the collected grafts will be transplanted. After the planning, the time of the procedure is determined. Before the procedure, blood thinners should not be used, and herbal teas or supplements that may cause this effect should not be consumed. Smoking and alcohol consumption should be avoided at least one week before the procedure in order for the procedure to process smoothly, and to complete the recovery process appropriately.
Recovery Process After Beard Transplant
The area should be washed on the 3rd day after the beard transplantation. Washing can be made in the clinic where the procedure is performed. If the first washing is to be performed by the individual, the lotions recommended by the physician must be used. At the same time, this process should be continued until all the crusts in the area are shed. The process after transplantation, which is called shock shedding, begins in the 2nd week after beard transplantation. It is normal to have acne in the areas where the transplantation is started during the growth of the beard. Acne should be examined to see if there is an infection. If there is no infection, the acne can be expected to recover by itself. After the procedure, no products other than the products recommended by the physician should be administered to the area. Products such as shaving cologne, perfume and aftershave should not be used for at least 1 month. Individuals, who have a beard transplant, need to wait a few months to start using a razor or shaver.