What is a Beard and Mustache Transplant?

Beard and mustache transplant procedures, which is known as facial hair transplant, is a surgical procedure that is successfully performed by the transplantation of follicular units (FUs) in the facial zone. 

How is a Facial Hair Transplant Performed? 

A Facial Hair Transplant is a procedure of harvesting hair follicles from one part of the body and transplanting them into the mustache, beard, and sideburns. Most commonly the procedure is known as beard transplantation. 

A beard hair transplant can be performed both using FUE or a FUT hair transplant technique. The surgeon will consider the right technique that fits the individual’s needings.  

The facial hair transplantation is performed under local anesthesia. After the donor site where the follicles are going to be harvested is shaved each incision is planned carefully to assure that the follicles are removed intact. 

Once the follicles are harvested, the surgeon will implant the follicles in the area of the mustache, beard, or sideburns. The implantation procedure is also performed under local anesthesia. 

Is a facial hair transplant painful?

A facial hair transplant is a relatively painless procedure.  As it is performed under local anesthesia the individuals will not feel pain during the procedure. 

What is Beard Transplant Recovery Like?

The Beard transplantation’s healing process is quite shorter. It only takes a few days to recover but during the first week the individuals have to keep their faces dry, that’s the point that it is recommended to homestay in the first week after the surgery.

The day after the surgery small scabs and dried blood may occur around each newly implanted hair follicle that will flake off in a week. For up to 2 weeks in order to prevent infection, the individuals have to use an antibiotic cream. 

After a week, the individuals can gently wash their face without scrubbing. And about a week to 10 days, the individuals can start shaving normally and trimming the new beards.  

The new hairs are usually shed after a few weeks. This is the natural process of healing. New hair will grow in to take place soon, and after up to a year, it will fully mature on the face.

During the first few weeks, there may be pink or red-colored some kind of inflammation or bumps on the transplanted areas. Using antihistamines will help to bring down these side effects. 

Can I shave after a beard transplant?

In around a week to 10 days’ time, you will be able to start shaving. 

How long does it take to see beard transplant results?

A Facial Hair Transplant healing process takes very little time compared to many other surgeries. 

The transplanted hairs will begin to fall out 15-30 days after the Beard And Mustache Hair Transplant surgery. This is the first step of healing which means new beard follicles are just getting ready for a growth spurt. 

Within 3 to 4 months the beard and mustache will complete their growth and will continue to grow for life.

4 months after the surgery, the beard begins to gain coverage. About 10 months to a year, with a %90 percent of success, the individuals will be able to grow a full beard. 

Do beard transplants last forever?

Beard transplant surgery is permanent and will remain in effect for the rest of your life. 

What are the Potential Side Effects of Facial Hair Transplant 

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tightness
  • Numbness and,
  • Temporary scabs or crustiness

are the potential side effects of facial hair transplant. The implanted areas on the face will not experience any scarring,  but there will be some temporary scabs. 

The crustiness, redness, swelling, or irritation will heal in a week or two. If it lasts more than a couple of weeks, it is important to inform the doctor. 

Who’s a Good Candidate for Beard Transplant?

Men who can’t grow a beard naturally, 

Men who are concerned about patchiness 

Men who have enough follicular units to transplant

are good candidates for beard transplant surgery. 

If there doesn’t appear to be enough hair follicles to harvest, your doctor may recommend alternative treatments.

How much does a Beard Transplant Cost?

Facial hair transplants (mustache, beard, and sideburns) average cost ranges between $1.400 – $11.000. 

The UK is the most expensive country to get a beard transplant with a cost of around €15,000.  

Germany takes second place with the €12,000 beard transplant costs. 

In the United States cost of a beard, transplant ranges from $6.500 to $11.000. 

In France, you have to pay around €9,000, in Netherlands €8,300, and in Spain, the average cost of a beard transplant is €4.800.

Turkey is the only country where you can get facial hair transplants at affordable prices with high standards. In Turkey, the average cost of a facial hair transplant is around $1.900 including accommodation, transfers, and surgical fees. 

A beard transplant is a cosmetic procedure therefore the health insurance won’t cover the cost of the treatment.