Beards have never been more fashionable, but almost half of men are unable to grow a full beard.
According to a poll of 1,000 men by Crown Clinic, as many as 45% of men complain that they have bald patches in their beard or sideburns.
Our surgeon, Dr Asim Shahmalak, has improved beards or sideburns of men who previously struggled with their self-esteem and felt their masculinity has been undermined by not being able to grow a ‘proper’ beard.
As a surprisingly large number of men struggle to grow a full beard, many of our patients come to us to fill in gaps in their beards and sideburns, hoping for a more even look. Beard transplant surgery is a relatively straightforward way of addressing the problem.
The surgery has minimal downtime and can be completed in just one day. Crown Clinic can also help men who cannot grow a full beard due to skin damage resulting from an accident.
When you come in for your consultation, we’ll take a look at your beard to assess the hair loss and decide if surgery is the right course of treatment for you. This will also allow us to give you a cost estimate for the beard transplant, depending on how many hair grafts we believe will be needed.
Beard transplants are carried out under local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake during the procedure but will not be in any pain. It will either use FUE or FUT techniques, depending on what was decided during your consultation, and will take approximately 4-6 hours. It is typically a day case procedure, meaning that you will be allowed to go home the same day.
Patients will find that have scabbing for up to two weeks after the operation, while the wounds from the transplant heal. If possible, we recommend patients take a week off work for the operation. We offer all patients a step-by-step aftercare guide to ensure the success of their transplant.
As with any transplant, the transplanted hair will initially fall out while the roots of the new hair establish themselves. The new beard hair will grow back between six and nine months after the operation. As the transplanted hair comes from the scalp, it is a slightly different texture, but it looks the same when transplanted alongside beard hair. Once your beard has grown in, it can be trimmed and treated just like a normal beard.
Beard transplants are carried out the same way as standard hair transplants, except with fewer hair grafts. Typically, beard transplants need between 1,000 and 2,000 grafts. Donor hair is obtained from the back or sides of the scalp through the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) methods.
The grafts are then carefully implanted into the beard and/or sideburns. In total, the procedure takes approximately 4-6 hours and costs start from £5,000.