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Beard and sideburn transplants

Beards have never been more fashionable, but almost half of men are unable to grow a full beard.

According to a poll of 1,000 men by Crown Clinic, many as 45% of men complain that they have bald patches in their beard or sideburns. Thankfully, transplant surgery can help fill those gaps so that you can achieve the beard you want.

Our surgeon, Dr Asim Shahmalak, has improved beards or sideburns of a number of men who previously struggled with their self-esteem and felt their masculinity has been undermined by not being able to grow a ‘proper’ beard.

Why have a beard transplant?

As a surprisingly large number of men struggle to grow a full beard, many of our patients come to us to fill in gaps in their beards and sideburns, hoping for a more even look. Beard transplant surgery is a relatively straightforward way of addressing the problem.

The surgery has minimal downtime and can be completed in just one day. Crown Clinic can also help men who cannot grow a full beard due to skin damage resulting from an accident.

How are beard transplants carried out?

Beard transplants are carried out the same way as standard hair transplants, except with fewer hair grafts. Typically, beard transplants need between 1,000 and 2,000 grafts. Donor hair is obtained from the back or sides of the scalp through the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) methods.

With FUE, the donor grafts are removed individually, which reduces the risk of scarring. For FUT, a strip of skin is removed from the scalp under local anaesthetic and the donor grafts are extracted by technicians under a microscope. It is worth noting that FUT is not suitable for men who like to wear their hair shaved or very short, due to the scarring that can occur. The grafts are then carefully implanted into the beard and/or sideburns. In total, the procedure takes approximately 4-6 hours and costs start from £5,000.

What maintenance does the new beard hair need?

As with any transplant, the transplanted hair will initially fall out while the roots of the new hair establish themselves. The new beard hair will grow back between six and nine months after the operation. As the transplanted hair comes from the scalp, it is a slightly different texture, but it looks the same when transplanted alongside beard hair. Once your beard has grown in, it can be trimmed and treated just like a normal beard.

Beard transplant aftercare

Patients will find that have scabbing for up to two weeks after the operation, while the wounds from the transplant heal. If possible, we recommend patients take a week off work for the operation.

Case study

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."

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