We’re seeing a surge in the number of men opting for the cosmetic procedure in the last two years, inspired by the looks of Tom Hardy, David Beckham, and more.
For some, growing a full, thick beard naturally can be almost impossible. Some (especially Asian) men are genetically unable to develop facial hair, while underlying medical conditions or trauma can also inhibit the growth. For the less fortunate who are bored with a clean shaven look, there is another option: beard transplant.
How Beard Transplant Works
Facial hair transplant is similar to a traditional hair transplant for bald people, but the procedure is more challenging. The skin around the scalp is soft and pliable, which creates certain difficulties when placing individual hair follicles. The hair to be transplanted around your chin comes from the back of your scalp as it has the closest resemblance.
What’s the Catch?
Your average beauty clinic won’t do
It takes an artistic eye to ensure the final bearded product looks natural. The skill of the doctor performing the procedure is vital. Else, the end result can be quite jarring to the onlookers.
The procedure can cost upwards of $7,000
For anyone on a budget (read: most of us), this price tag is outrageous. There’s also the above point to consider if you’re going the extra miles to go abroad.
You’ll have to take a day off or two, unless…
The procedure usually takes between two to five hours, although some like Kyle Christie’s took 12 hours to complete. The transplanted hairs fall off after two weeks, but should grow back after three months.
Minor complications albeit rare
Side effects range from infection of the follicle, swelling that can last up to a week, rejection of the follicle, and in-grown hairs.
Another Way to Grow Facial Hair
Beard growth is primarily regulated by the production of the male hormones testosterone and DHT. Getting enough sleep and exercise (resistance training) is key to increasing the synthesis of these two androgens to stimulate facial hair growth. You may also try to incorporate more of the following foods for beard growth into your diet.
Minoxidil, a medication for hair regrowth is especially effective when applied on your chin area. It is notorious for causing dryness and itchiness, and this is where beard oil comes to the rescue. Most beard oils contain unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil, which creates the condition for healthy beard growth.
Apply the above tips daily to grow the beard you’ve always wanted. Consider beard transplant as a Plan C or D if the result is not satisfactory. Good luck!