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How Does A Beard Transplant Work?

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Are you unsatisfied with the way your beard is growing? Do you find it to be inconsistent, patchy, or even barely there? If you are on the lookout for a way to achieve a much fuller beard, then why not take into consideration a beard transplant with the experts at Advanced Hair Clinic?

With the continuation of the trend for facial hair, beard transplants are becoming more common. The majority of men who are unsatisfied with the way their beard is growing are now turning to modern techniques in hair transplant technology to reach a beard they can be fully proud of.

Doesn’t matter if you are on the lookout for a fuller beard, a goatee, a mustache, or a designer stubble look, our experts at Advanced Hair Clinic can talk you through the procedure at your free consultation.

Photo illustrating a patient who has undergone a beard transplant.

How Do Beard Transplants Work? 

Two are the main kinds of beard transplants: 

  • Follicular unit extraction (FUE) 
  • Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)

An FUE beard transplant is quite a popular method. It consists of harvesting single hair follicles one by one from the donor site (which is usually found in the back of the scalp, level with the ears). Next, the surgeon will make some small incisions in the recipient's beard site (wherever you want your new hair to grow). This is such a fragile process that is properly aligned to the orientation and density of the new beard hair.An FUE beard transplant is quite a popular method. It consists of harvesting single hair follicles one by one from the donor site (which is usually found in the back of the scalp, level with the ears). Next, the surgeon will make some small incisions in the recipient's beard site (wherever you want your new hair to grow). This is such a fragile process that is properly aligned to the orientation and density of the new beard hair.

After the recipient site is ready, the hair follicles are also ready to be implanted. The FUE procedure leaves tiny circular scars in the donor site, contrary to the FUT procedure which can leave only one visible line scar. When the FUT method is utilized, the recovery time is much shorter.

An FUE beard transplantation is generally completed in one sitting and it can take approximately 6 to 10 hours to be fully done. Often two sittings are needed when there is a high amount of facial hair loss, or whenever additional density is required. For the procedure, local anesthetic is administered via injections, and you are not able to feel any pain after these have been administered.

A FUT beard transplant, on the other hand, namely, the strip procedure, implies the removal of a tiny tissue strip from the site (again, found in the back of the scalp). Once the donor site is closed, leaving one single scar, the strip will be placed under microscopes and divided into tiny grafts, each containing one to four hair follicles. Ultimately, similarly to the FUE beard transplant, grafts will be placed into the incisions at the recipient area.

Seeing as the FUT technique can transplant more hairs, it can be rather easy to transplant larger beards using this method. The FUT method commonly takes much longer than the FUE method, lasting from 6 to 12 hours, but this however, varies as per the area being covered and the number of grafts that are being repositioned. As per any other hair transplantation, anesthesia is administered for this one too, but this time it is a local anesthetic.

Photo illustrating an ideal candidate for a beard transplant.

Am I Suitable For A Facial Hair Transplant?

For you to undergo a facial hair transplant, you will need to have hair on your body that can be transplanted and repositioned to the area you want to enhance. Thus, even if you are experiencing baldness or you don’t want your head hair to be removed if you have hair elsewhere in the body, it can be possible. Generally, beard transplants are done using hair from the side or the back of the head, chest hair, or even beard hair under the chin. If you feel unsure about your eligibility, book your free consultation with one of our head hair care specialists and we will be capable of providing you with a definite answer.

Beard Transplants: Before And After

A beard transplant is a quite secure procedure that provides enduring outcomes. There is a wide variety of beard styles for you to pick from, under the areas of the jawline and face that you want to treat. The transplanted hair is expected to function as normal, and it can be trimmed or shaved as you usually would to your real beard.

Photo illustrating the beard transplant procedure.

Beard Transplant: Recovery And Aftercare

Will be needed, typically, a week to two to recover from a beard transplant procedure. At the end of two weeks, you can go back to your routine activities.

Following three weeks, you can commence shaving or trimming your new beard. During the two to three weeks after the procedure, the new beard hairs will start shedding and falling out. However, remember that hair shedding after a transplant is a normal part of the recovery process. Whenever this occurs, new hair will grow in its place.

There exist a few aftercare measures that you will be instructed by your surgeon to adhere to such as avoiding touching the beard throughout the first five days following the treatment.

Another recommendation is to wash your face but not the transplanted beard site after the initial day, and not rub yourself dry, try gently patting instead. Swimming in a pool should be avoided for at least four weeks following the procedure. Lastly, to avoid any increased risk of swelling you are recommended to sleep on your back with the head elevated for the initial week. If you are looking for more information on the aftercare and recovery process, you will be able to find many blogs on our website regarding that.

Beard Transplant: Side Effects

Whilst the side effects of a beard transplant are very uncommon, it is of utmost importance to bear in mind that such an intervention remains an intervention and it involves the administration of a local anesthetic, so watching out for and managing any possible side effect is crucial.

Part of the side effects that you might experience are:

  • Some mellow bruising and swelling
  • Redness of the skin
  • High sensitivity at the recipient and donor beard site
Photo illustrating the results of a beard transplant.

Beard Transplant: Scar

There is to be expected a certain degree in the donor region for both FUT and FUE beard transplantation. An FUE beard transplant leaves little scars wherever the hair follicles were taken from- though oftentimes such scars are unnoticeable and they are covered by normal hair grown to a first or second degree.

An FUT procedure, on the other hand, leaves a very long and fine scar at the very back of the head. Once the scar has been covered by the surrounding hair it will not be visible. Typically, hair will need to grow long enough to conceal this linear scar.

It should be noted that a beard transplant doesn’t leave any scar at the recipient site on the face. This means that there will be the possibility to shave without the need to reveal any visible scar once you have recovered from the procedure.

Are You Looking To Have A Beard Transplant?

You can be sure that a beard transplant at Advanced Hair Clinic, based in Tirana, Albania, means being in the best possible hands. We offer a full beard transplant package, including an aftercare package customized to your individual needs.

Furthermore, you can always book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.


Are There Any Risks With A Beard Transplant?

Whenever undergoing a beard transplant you might notice a slight redness in the region where the hair is implanted. This, nonetheless, should diminish within the next several days. Some hair transplants might require a little extra aftercare and attention and we will give you our recommendations on this when you come in for your face-to-face consultation, and if it is right for your procedure. Do go ahead and ask our experts about any concern or worry you might have and keep in mind that we would like for you to feel as confident and comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

How Much Downtime Will There Be?

Beard transplants only include the administration of a local anesthetic, meaning that you can get straight back on with your day after the procedure is completed. Yet, the skin will need its time for the proper healing and this normally takes between five to seven days. Following this, any reddening must lessen and fade, and if you have suffered any swelling, this will subside by then.

What Results Can I Expect?

The outcomes of the surgery that you’ll experience will be noticeable and permanent immediately. Our surgeons are extremely skilled in their work and they will make sure that our beard transplant looks as natural as possible. The transplanted hair follicles will be positioned at the proper angle to match the rest of the beard and to provide you with the best results for fullness and density. To find out more information about any expected results, please make sure to speak to our specialists throughout your consultation.

Will My Beard Transplant Be Permanent?

Indeed. Your beard transplants will be permanent and you will have the ability to notice a difference as soon as the surgeon completes the implantation of the hair follicles. Nevertheless, the results will enhance over time, but commonly by the seventh month you will be able to see the best and complete results. Your new implanted hair will begin to grow similarly to the rest of the hair in your beard.

How Can I Book My Consultation?

To book your consultation right away, click on our “Book A Consultation” button and one of our team members will get right back to you to discuss your availability. Alternatively, you can always call us on one of our numbers, be it for Albania, Italia, North Macedonia, or Kosovo and we will be able to discuss your wants and needs and book you in for a face-to-face consultation.

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