Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

You Heard it Right: Beard Transplants are a Growing Trend

Hair Transplant Before and AfterFor years, we’ve seen hair transplant procedures used to create fullness through the scalp and to battle balding in men. It’s a safe and effective way to increase hair volume – but now it’s being used in a way most people may not have ever imagined: beard transplants.

In what used to be a fairly rare procedure, beard transplants are now becoming quite the range in the US. Why? Because men find that having a beard makes them feel more masculine, and some research supports the idea that women find men with beards to be more attractive than those without them.

Have you heard the term “Lumber sexual” used lately? The term was coined by hipsters to describe the growing pop culture trend of beard-growing, flannel-shirt-wearing men. It’s no wonder why the men who can’t grow beards are seeking out new ways to cover up their “baby faces.”

But it isn’t just hipsters wishing they could grow a beard. 40 and 50-something men, too, can enjoy the full facial hair that a beard transplant has to offer. It seems that beards are “in” regardless of my patients’ ages.

How Does a Beard Transplant Work?

Like a traditional hair transplant, I perform a procedure called a follicular unit extraction to transplant donor hairs onto my patient’s face. The hair is typically taken from an area at the back or side of the head, where fullness is not as much of a concern. The transplanted hair adds fullness to the beard’s texture, and typically begins to grow within just a couple of weeks. You may even need to shave it by week two or three!

Although the initial transplanted hairs will fall out, their follicles are left behind – which means new hair growth is just around the corner. Within a few months, the transplanted follicles will begin forming new hair shafts that grow right alongside of the rest of your facial hair.

The Ideal Candidate

If you’ve always wanted a fuller beard but had to shave regularly due to lack of growth or fullness, then a beard transplant is likely the solution you’ve been looking for. Your new beard is also an excellent way to cover scars caused by acne or injuries throughout the years.

Most likely you will need to take a sick day off of work. But the entire procedure itself can typically be completed within 3 to 4 hours, depending on the number of transplants necessary. I can give you a better idea of the actual length during your initial consultation. We’ll talk about where you want to add the most volume, where the transplants will be taken from, and what type of results you can expect to see.

It seems as if the beard trend is here to stay. I used to only see a few men a year in my office who wanted to talk about their beard’s fullness, but we’re quickly seeing an increase in interest! In Europe alone, the procedure rose by nearly 15% as of a few years ago, and continues to increase.

Are you frustrated with patchy or thin areas across your face when you try to grow a beard? Is growing a beard nearly impossible for you to do? You’re not alone, but now you can enjoy having one after a single transplant procedure!

To learn more about beard transplants, contact the office of Dr. Frank Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or filling out an online contact form.

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