Beard Care

14 Things to Know If You’re Considering a Beard Transplant

Beard transplants are truly a wonderful thing if you have always been dreaming of that perfect, thick, and luscious beard, but just can’t seem to grow it yourself. A beard transplant may be the solution for you. There are many people out there who have gotten transplants and they really do work. They are a great permanent solution to those facial hair woes that way too many men experience. That being said, there are a few things that you need to know about getting a beard transplant before you go out and do it. Let’s get right to it so you can make an informed choice.

1 – You Can Get The Beard Of Your Dreams

One of the biggest reasons for you to get a beard transplant is because it lets you choose the style of beard that you always wanted. If the hair on your chin, my cheeks, and on the sides of your mouth never grew in really well and that means that you don’t really have any sideburns, plus you can’t grow many different styles of beards except for the neck beard, something which isn’t all that popular anymore. You can go to the beard transplant specialists and tell them exactly where you want the facial hair to be transplanted as well as how much. For example you can do it just like at the hair dresser’s where you look in a magazine, pick a hairstyle from a model, and tell the stylist to give you that cut. The same goes for beard transplants where you can tell the specialists to give you a certain style, the style you always wanted.

2 – It’s A Pretty Pricey Procedure

While getting a beard transplant is a really useful and confidence building procedure, it is going to cost you a fair amount of money. Unlike other cosmetic and transplant procedures that have gone down in price in the past few years, beard transplants have remained quite expensive. To put this in perspective Lasik laser eye surgery costs roughly 1,000 dollars per eye, while a beard transplant can cost you anywhere up to 7,000 dollars to get done. Therefore it’s not a procedure that everyone can afford and if you plan on getting one you might have to save up for a little bit.

3 – If You Work You Will Need To Take The Day Off

Not only is getting a hair transplant quite expensive, but it is also fairly time consuming. An average beard transplant session will take roughly anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on the volume of hair that you are getting planted. That being said you will probably need to take a day off of work to get the transplant done so that is definitely something that you will need to take into consideration. Also the procedure sometimes needs to be repeated in rare cases where it doesn’t take effect as well as you would have hoped.

4 – The Hair Comes From Your Scalp

Many different hair transplant procedures use things like synthetic hair or even donated hair to achieve results. However that is not the case with beard transplants because for facial hair transplantation they use your own hair. To be specific the hair they plant in your face comes from the back of your scalp and they usually don’t use any other hair except for your own. Of course the problem here for some men is that you may not have enough hair left on your head to get the procedure done. So before you get a beard transplant you will have to take into consideration that the hair will be taken from your head. It’s not like it won’t grow back, but the question is if you even have enough of it to begin with, as well as if you want to have less hair on your scalp until it does manage to fully grow back. On a side note, if you don’t have enough hair on your head for the procedure the specialist may take hair from the rest of your body, but of course that means that you must have a hairy body for it to be possible.

5 – You Can Get It Done Anywhere

You may think that a beard transplant only works for your goatee zone or for your neck, but that definitely is not the case. A facial hair transplant can be done on all areas of your face where hair would otherwise grow naturally. You can get hair transplants for your moustache, your sideburns, and even for your eyebrows too. This is something to consider because it means that you can broaden your horizons and increase your choices in terms of what style of beard you want to make.

6 – The Transplants Fall Out And Grow Back

Something that many people don’t know is that the transplanted hair will fall out after 2 or 3 weeks. Of course anyone who is unaware of this freak out unimaginably because they think that they had just spent several thousand dollars on a procedure that only lasted for all of 3 weeks. However if you go to a specialist he will reassure you that the hair will start growing back after roughly 3 months. That actually brings us to the next point that unlike most other cosmetic surgeries, a beard transplant is permanent. Once the beard hair starts growing back after the 3 month time period it will keep growing for good.

7 – What About Shaving?

Another thing that is very important to know before getting a facial hair transplant is that you should not shave for at least 10 days after getting the procedure done. This is because it may damage the follicles or even rip them out completely, which will then interrupt the process that makes your face grow the hair by itself. As we said before, the hair will fall out and then start growing back after about 3 months, at which point you can then start shaving whichever way you see fit.

8 – Just Like A Hair Transplant

Getting a beard transplant is actually quite similar to a hair transplant on your head. The specialist will choose hair on your scalp that looks similar to your facial hair, both in color and consistency and they’ll remove it in order to plant it on your face. The only difference between a head hair transplant and a beard transplant is that the incisions made for the beard transplant are significantly smaller than those for a head hair transplant.

9 – It helps Boost Self-Confidence

Many men have said that a beard transplant procedure went a really long way in boosting self confidence and that includes me too. You or others may have some confidence issues because the general stereotype is that a real man can grow a full beard and you may think that your lack of facial hair means that you aren’t all of the man I wanted to be or could be. Once you get the beard transplant and start growing a full beard your self confidence will skyrocket through the roof, not to mention that you’re going to be getting a lot of compliments on it! There are quite a few stories of men who had scars on their chin or the rest of their face, either due to acne or other injuries, but once they got the transplant those scars were no longer visible and therefore these men gained a lot of confidence, something that the ladies definitely like.

10 – Your Beard Won’t Be Like Your Head Hair

Even though the hair that is transplanted on your face comes from your head it won’t actually look like head hair. Instead the facial hair transplants in your face will start growing with the texture and consistency of normal beard hair. You don’t need to worry about your new transplants looking like head hair because it just doesn’t work that way. It’s going to look like a full and luscious beard.

11 – It’s Pretty Much Pain Free

You may think that a beard transplant is going to be very painful, however it doesn’t hurt very much at all. The procedure involves the cherry picking or specific selection of single hairs and follicles that are ideal for the transplant and this is called the FUE technique. Furthermore the incisions made on your face are so minimal that it doesn’t even feel like a small pinch or a needle. Furthermore the most painful part is getting the local anesthesia before the procedure begins, which itself isn’t too bad either.

12 – It Works And It’s Popular

One of the things that you should know about getting a beard transplant is that it actually does work and it really does provide permanent results. One man got 2,300 hair grafts on his face and roughly 8 months later he was able to grow a really full beard without any problems at all. There are many documented cases of successful beard growth after getting a transplant. Thanks to the real and permanent results, beard transplants are becoming ever more popular, especially so in the United Kingdom. For example in 2012 just over 4,500 men in the United Kingdom got beard transplant. That is roughly 13 percent more than the previous year of 2011.

13 – It Is Still A Surgical Procedure

A very important thing to note is that even though a beard transplant is only a minor procedure, it is still a surgical procedure none the less and thus comes with certain risks. Since it is a medical procedure it means that in a worst case scenario you may experience scarring or even infection. Both of those side effects are very rare, but they do happen. Most often infection and scarring happens after a beard transplant because of an inexperienced surgeon who didn’t do his job right or because of inadequate aftercare on your part. Therefore you need to make sure to do your research and get a surgeon of transplant specialist that is trusted, reputable, and has some really good reviews under his belt. Also make sure to follow the aftercare steps that are given to you by the surgeon after the procedure is complete, especially not shaving for at least 10 days after the transplant was completed.

14 – There Are A Few Alternatives

If you are experiencing problems with not being able to grow a full beard, a facial hair transplant isn’t the only way to get some more facial hair. Another option that you can go with is a hair loss and re-growth medication known as Minoxidil. Minoxidil is a form of generic hair re-growth medicine that can be gotten over the counter and it has been scientifically proved to be effective for some, however it hasn’t been approved for facial hair use and may cause dryness, itchiness, and irritation in some cases. Another option is to get a procedure known as scalp micro-pigmentation. Now to be clear this procedure pigments your skin to make it look like you have a closely shaven face or even a 5 o’clock shadow, but it does not actually make your facial hair grow.


Getting a beard transplant is a fantastic way to get permanent results in terms of beard growth and is an even better way for you to increase your confidence, not to mention that you can finally have the beard of your dreams. We hope that you enjoyed our article about the things you should know before you get a beard transplant. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to leave them below.

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Mark Beardman

Mark Beardman

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