Not all men, however, are lucky enough to have full facial hair. Facial hair may be lost or reduced in amount because of several factors such as genetics, certain diseases, skin infection, or scarring. This causes many men to consider undergoing a treatment to restore their beards and mustaches (for those who once had them) or give them new ones (for those who haven’t had perfect ones).
Facial hair transplant has become very popular in recent years. According to The Sun, the beard transplant business is now absolutely booming, inspired by the stars such as Tom Hardy, David Beckham and Bradley Cooper.
How is a beard transplant performed?
A beard transplant—or facial hair transplant to use the more general term—involves harvesting hair grafts from the scalp of the patients and transplanting them onto their facial areas in need of hair. Most doctors and patients prefer FUE method as it in minimally invasive with less recovery time needed and no trace of scarring on the scalp. The procedure takes between 3 to 12 hours depending on the technique used for transplantation and the number of hairs to be transplanted.
In facial hair transplant, the skill and experience of the doctor is very important. The procedure requires great preciseness because the doctor should pay extra care to transplant the hairs with the right growth direction so that the result would look more natural and less artificial.
What to do before a beard transplant?
Just like any other surgery, there are some instructions you can follow to have a better experience of facial hair transplant. These are as follows:
- do not take, vitamin E supplements (or multivitamins containing vitamin E), aspirin and gingko biloba ten days prior to your surgery.
- Do not drink alcohol, take anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, or over-expose to sunlight three days prior to your surgery.
- Do not smoke for one week prior and one week after your beard transplant for a faster healing.
- Make arrangements for your transportation and accommodation (if coming from out of town) beforehand as you will have difficulty doing them after your surgery.
- The donor site in your back or sides of your scalp needs to be shaved in a FUE method, so be prepared for this and discuss the issue with your doctor, as to how to cover the area. In FUT method there will remain some scarring and sutures on your scalp which will need to be covered too.
- Take vitamin C 1000 to 2000 mg/day for one week before your surgery which is beneficial to the healing. Taking vitamin K 50-80 mg/day starting from 5 days before and continuing to 2 days after your surgery reduces bleeding during and after surgery.
- Have a modest breakfast in the morning of your procedure but do not take coffee or caffeinated drinks as they will increase bleeding or sensitivity to medications.
- Take your routinely prescribed medications such as antihypertensives, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
- Do not wear pull-over clothes on your surgery day. Wear clothes that do not need to touch your face and head when you are putting them on or off.
- You may be allowed to bring music with you to listen to during the procedure. Ask your doctor if you are allowed to do so.