Written by Dr. Halaas
Facial hair transplants is a surgery that helps make beards, mustaches, eyebrows and eyelashes look thicker and less patchy. Popularity for this procedure has recently spiked, and all types of patients are coming in for consultations, from hipsters to CEOs. Partial and full transplants are available, depending on the goal of the patient. A full beard can be created for patients who lack facial hair. Facial scarring can be hidden with hair transplants. The procedure is meticulously performed with great detail in creating a natural look whether in the beard or brow.
Genetics play a strong role in determining the amount, thickness and density of facial hair. Additionally, hormonal factors influence the development of facial hair as well. Frequently, facial scarring, secondary to acne or trauma, result in patchy areas of hair loss. Scars will not grow hair typically without a transplant, but can grow hair well after a transplant. A variety of medical illness such as thyroid disease and autoimmune disorders can also affect facial hair growth. Meeting with a board certified facial plastic surgeon will help to clarify the patient’s cause of facial hair loss.
Anyone who is looking to increase the hair on their face either for eyebrows, eyelashes, mustache or a
fuller, thicker beard. The procedure can be safely performed for men and women of all ethnic backgrounds. Seek an experienced, detail-oriented surgeon with experience in this technique.
Like other hair transplants, the hair comes from the back of the head. Two techniques exist to extract the hairs from the back of the head. The “strip” technique involves removing a small strip of hair-bearing scalp which is then closed as a fine linear scar. The sutures are removed after approximately ten days and is usually hidden by the surrounding hair. The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique involves shaving a small area of the posterior scalp and individually removing each follicular unit (hairs). The FUE technique is relatively “scar-less” since there is no linear scars or sutures. With both techniques, the individual hair grafts are then delicately isolated and planted one by one into the well designed recipient area. The hairs may appear to grow immediately or commonly appear to fall out. Hair growth accelerates over the course of six to ten months. As the implanted hair starts to grow, it blends with the rest of the existing facial hair.
Once the transplant is done, the hair is permanent. Typically, 90% of the transplanted hair will grow.