Beard and Mustache Transplantation

What Is Beard and Mustache Transplantation?

Beards and mustaches can be an important style factor for many men in terms of their appearance. Beard or mustache loss that can be experienced due to various reasons such as burns, injuries, cuts, various diseases and genetic factors.

The objective of moustache transplantation is to intensify hair growth using follicular unit transplantation to transfer hair root cells and ensure natural growth. A natural appearance after treatment is considered as one of the most important aspects of beard and mustache transplantation.

How is Beard and Mustache Transplantation Performed?

Beard and mustache transplantation is performed with hair follicles extracted from the nape and from certain areas of the beard. Just like in the hair transplantation, placing the hair follicle in the channels opened following the direction of the hair growth is very significant for the success of the operation and natural look. It is usually recommended for men who are older than 24. The person’s health status and medical history are also taken into account.

A detailed examination is being performed in the area where the procedure will be performed. Both the mustache and the beard area are controlled separately. It is determined where there is loss, what the possible causes of this loss are, how many hair follicles will be required and from which donor area they will be taken. The number of grafts to be collected is determined by different factors such as the person’s preferences, facial structure or the rarity of the beard. The operation takes about 4 to 5 hours and performed under a local anesthesia or sedation.

What method is used for Beard and Mustache Transplantation?

In beard and mustache transplantation, the hair follicles in the nape area are examined in order to be able to extract follicles, because the most efficient hair follicles are located in this donor area. For the beard usually cheekbones and neck area are preferred. The nape hairs are thinner than the beard. The most ideal hair follicles for mustache transplantation are usually the ones from the nape area.

Usually, FUE method is preferred in beard and mustache transplantation. Grafts are collected one by one and are kept in a special solution. Prior to inserting grafts in the beard and mustache areas, channels are opened for the hair follicles. The number of channels is adjusted according with how many graft will be used. Then the hair follicles are transplanted in these channels one by one. Completing the procedure by considering the growth direction of the beard and mustache during transplantation is important for a successful transplant result.

While 300 to 500 follicles are usually sufficient for a mustache, an average of 1000 to 3000 follicles are used for beard transplantation.

What Are the Things to Be Considered After Beard and Mustache Transplantation?

It is recommended not to put on clothing that will cause friction on the day after beard and mustache transplantation. It is important that you lye on your back while sleeping on the first day. Absolutely no bandages should be applied to the beard and mustache area. Hairs can stick to the bandage. The face should not be washed for 48 to 72 hours after the procedure.

The face should be washed with products used after hair transplantation against the risk of infection and with products recommended by the specialist. No rubbing should be involved in the first wash; touches should be gentle like caressing. The recommended time for the first shave is the 12th day after the transplantation. This period is important for the full retention of the follicles. After 12 days, you can shave the beard and mustache either with an electric shaver or a razor. Beard and mustache transplantation does not take a long time to produce results. Scabs will begin to heal after one week to ten days, without leaving any scarring. After three months, the hairs start to grow again. Within 6 to 8 months, the patient will have the desired beard and mustache. The results are natural and permanent.

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