Beard and moustache transplant
for who ?
The beard and the moustache are a symbol of masculine virility as well as a beauty standard ! They can be of great importance to men. For others, a beard or a moustache can hide scars left by an accident, cleft lip, acne or at least minimize their importance by highlighting certain facial features.
Men with small jaws sometimes use a beard to improve their appearance. Others choose this solution to enhance the masculinity of their features,… In all these cases, hair transplant can be an option to obtain thicker beards or moustaches.
What is alopecia areata barbae ?
Alopecia areata barbae is loss of hair in the area’s covered by the beard and moustache. It manifests itself as hairless spots than can vary in size. The cause of this affection has not yet been determined.
It is thought to be a defensive reaction from the immune system that targets hair follicles of the beard and moustache. The follicles and roots inflame before rapidly shedding.
Alopecia areata barbae usualy can be treated without intervention, through localised injections of corticosteroids in the dermis which can boost regrowth.
Hair transplant could be of use to fill the areas affected by alopecia areata barbaes. However, we cannot guarantee that these new grafts themselves won’t come under attack by the immune system. A preliminary test with a few grafts could determine the viability of the hair implants.
Beard and moustache hair transplant is an additional speciality within the hair transplantation world. This type of procedure requires thorough assessment of the donor area in order to resemble the beard and moustache characteristics in the best possible way. Micro-incisions (0.7 mm), mindful of the skin location and hair growth, will be fitted with grafts containing a maximum of 1 to 2 (body) hairs.
A great level of expertise will allow to determine the insertion axis and the adequate spacing of the incisions. Precision work requires know-how but it also requires good vision in order to favour optimum regrowth.
Our high-quality Zeiss and Leica optical instruments with high magnification are used throughout the entire procedure of your beard and moustache transplant. Our technicians monitor each individual graft. Each will be treated in order to isolate the hairs one by one and to trim off from excess skin in order to guarantee a natural result.
Different steps in beard and moustache procedures
- Sketching the desired outline of your beard and moustache
- Local anaesthetic of your donor area
- Harvesting from the donor area
- Simultaneous treatment of the grafts under microscope
- Local anaesthetic of your recipient area
- Making the incisions at your beard and moustache
- Graft placement
- Thorough clean-up of the treated zones
What techniques are applied for your beard and moustache transplant ?
The FUT technique is generally used for beard and moustache transplants because of the following advantages :Allows a vast transfer of grafts (approximately 2500 grafts)
No need to completely shave your donor zone
Each graft will be subdivided in order to isolate the hairs one by one under the microscope.
The FUE technique is generally used for beard and moustache transplants because of the following advantages :Allows to avoid the linear scar left by the FUT technique
Allows to remove hair when there are doubts about the donor area laxity in view of FUT
Allows harvesting body hair. Lower-jaw hairs are often chosen. As the characteristics of these hairs are equal to those of the zone to be restored, the result will turn out to be completely natural.
How about the healing process ?
Slight swelling around the cheeks may occur one or two days after the beard and moustache transplant. The patient can also feel itchy or suffer a rash.
Small crusts form on top of the grafts. The implanted grafts will shed within 3 weeks. The permanent hairs regrow somewhere between 4 to 6 months after the procedure. The final result is deemed mature after 12 to 18 months.
When can I shave after transplantation ?
Shaving can be done from three weeks following the procedure.