Should You Get a Beard Transplant?

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The current beard trend is being taken very seriously, and although it has been said to have peaked in popularity, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Growing a beard and maintaining it is a serious business, from beard oils to keeping it tout and trimmed. This bearded trend has led to yet another frontier of hair replacement for men that isn’t cheap: beard transplants. This is because there are some men who have a hard time growing a beard or who have a patchy beard, who simply cannot accept their facial hair shortcomings.

Men are not taking this blade shame lying down. Thanks to the wonders of modern medical science and our growing dissatisfaction with the way we look and what is expected of us, the beard transplant is a new, viable option for the hard-up-bearded among you.

Slightly different from normal hair transplants, individual hair follicles can be harvested from the back of your head, where they tend to grow the thickest, and then transplanted onto your face. Instead of being transplanted in grafts or groups, they are transplanted one at a time, resulting in a natural looking beard.

To prove just how much beard transplants are growing in popularity: The New York Times says that Dr. Jeffrey S. Epstein, a hair restoration surgeon with offices in Miami and Manhattan, performed four or five facial hair transplants annually a decade ago, whereas now he averages about three a week. “According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, a nonprofit medical association, beard transplants grew from 1.5 percent of all hair restoration procedures performed internationally in 2012 to 3.7 in 2014,” reports the Times.

The Wimpole Clinic in London, where the procedure is performed, explains that for the transplant, it takes up to 1,500 grafts to create a goatee, while a full beard requires up to 3,000 grafts.

The Wimpole Clinic explains: “The procedure of hair transplant is the same whether you want to transplant into your balding head, beard, or any other part of the body. The process starts with the extraction of hair follicles from the donor site. Two methods to extract donor hair can be used — FUE (follicular hair extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplant – strip extraction).”

The cost of a full beard transplant, from sideburns to chin, can be $7,000. After three separate procedures, it can end up costing a total of $22,000, according to the Times.

Since your looks tend to affect the way you feel, it’s aesthetically understandable to want to give the beard transplant a go. If you happen to have a few thousand dollars lying around, and know that having facial hair will make you feel confident and manly, go for it.

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