Facial hair transplantation is a commonly performed surgical procedure designed to transplant hair from the scalp to regions of the face that may be lacking density and fullness. The more modern approach for hair follicle harvesting for facial hair transplantation is the Follicle Unit Extraction (FUE) technique.
With the FUE procedure the follicular grafts are harvested from the back portion of the scalp similar to traditional hair transplant procedures. Which ‘Site’ (Also Known as the Donor Zone) is used typically depends on which hairs offers the closest match to the facial hair. Sometimes it’s the back of the scalp while other times it’s the side of the scalp.
Hairs from this region of the scalp seem particularly resistant to hair loss, and are usually hardy enough to withstand the transplant. The new hair grafts are then re-implanted in the facial regions resulting in greater facial hair density. The hairs are permanent and typically grow just like facial hair with similar texture and other characteristics.
The facial hair implant procedure can cost upwards of $7, 000. While this procedure is most commonly performed on the goatee and mustache areas, it can also be performed on full beards and sideburns. Facial hair transplants can also be used to conceal acne scars and other types of skin blemishes and imperfections.
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedative, depending on the patient’s choice and typically last from 2 to 5 hours. The procedure during surgery as well as the recovery period is pretty much painless. For the first 5 days after the procedure, tiny crusty scabs are around each transplanted hair. It is important to keep the transplanted area as dry as possible.
Typically by the second day, patients are able to travel home and resume non-strenuous activities. Even though the facial hair transplant is a pretty simple and painless process there will be signs of work done on the face for at least the first 3 to 4 days. The transplanted hairs will begin to fall out at around 4 weeks, But don’t worry, they promptly grow back three to four months later.
The donor site incision typically heals as a 2 mm or narrower incision that is easily concealed with hair. If the hair is cut with a razor then the tiny incision could possibly be noticeable.
There are few risks with the procedure, and most are those associated with standard hair transplants. Depending upon the surgical technique selected by the patient, linear donor scarring may occur with the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), commonly referred to as the Strip technique.
If a patient selects the FUE technique using the NeoGraft or Safe System there may be 1mm hypopigmented areas at the donor site that is seen if the hair is shaved with a razor, otherwise these incision scars will be covered with hair.