Beard and sideburn transplants
Beards have never been more fashionable but almost half of men cannot grow a proper one.
As many as 45% of men complain that they have bald patches in their beard or sideburns, according to a poll of 1,000 men by Crown Clinic.
Transplantation surgery can fill in those gaps in a man’s beard or sideburns.
At Crown Clinic, we have pioneered the introduction of beard transplants in the UK. Our surgeon Asim Shahmalak has filled in the beards or sideburns of a number of men who feel their masculinity has been undermined by not being able to grow a ‘proper’ beard.
Why have a beard transplant?
The overwhelming reason why men seek this type of surgery is to fill in gaps in their beards or sideburns. A surprisingly large number of men struggle to grow a full beard. Surgery is a relatively straight-forward way of addressing the problem and clients can be treated in a day. We also help men who cannot grow a full beard due to their skin being damaged in an accident.
The Beard Transplant
Donor hair is obtained from the back or sides of the scalp through the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) methods. It is exactly the same extraction process as a normal hair transplant, but fewer hairs are needed for a beard transplant - typically around 1000-2000 grafts. With FUE, the donor grafts are removed individually - minimising the risk of scarring. With FUT, a strip of skin is cut from the scalp under local anaesthetic and the donor grafts are extracted by technicians under a microscope. FUT is not suitable for men who like to wear their hair short or shaved because of the scarring. The grafts are then implanted into the beard and/or sideburns one-by-one by the surgeon in the same way as a conventional hair transplant. The procedure takes approximately 4-6 hours and costs around £5,000.
What maintenance does the new beard hair need?
None at all - you can clip it just like you would with a regular beard. As with any transplant, the transplanted hair will initially fall out while the roots of the new hair establish themselves in their new home. The new beard hair will grow back between six and nine months after the operation. The transplanted hair is head hair - so slightly different in texture and thickness than beard hair. However, it looks the same when transplanted alongside beard hair.
Patients will have scabbing for up to two weeks after the operation while the wounds from the transplant heal. We recommend patients take a week off work for the operation.
This 48-year-old farmer said that his masculinity had been undermined by not being able to grow proper sideburns. Dr Shahmalak transplanted 200 grafts into each of the patient’s sideburns. He was able to grow full sideburns around six month after the operation. Dr Shahmalak said: “He had been unhappy with his appearance all his adult life and longed to grow ‘proper sideburns.’ A simple operation remedied the problem and he was delighted with the results."