A beard Transplant is also known as a beard implant. The process of planting hair grafts in the beard skin line on the face is called beard implant. The hair is removed from any part of the body and transplanted into the beard space namely jawline, neckline, chin, cheek, and sideburns.
Beard Transplantation is a good solution to patchy beard and beard ingrowth. As long as the beard line skin is healthy and free from oily moisturizer, dandruff, dirt, bacteria, virus, and other infections, a beard transplant is a viable possibility to achieve facial hair goals.
In general, a patient who visits a surgeon for beard implantation would suffer either uneven hair distribution or complete hair ingrowth. The surgeon would normally divide the face into two sections for a beard transplant – the lateral section that includes jawline, cheeks, and sideburns, and the frontal section that includes goatee and mustache.
The doctor then estimates which area needs to be first taken care of, which area needs utmost hair implantation, which section of the beard needs the highest number of hair follicles to be grafted. As the beard is huge in space covering most of the facial area, this sectional division helps doctors to thoroughly handle every itch of the skin beneath the beard.
The firstmost care we need to consider during beard transplantation is density. The density of hair follicles stranded deep down into the roots submitted in the skin cells is specially crafted to beard hair growth. The space between one hair follicle to another hair follicle is extraordinarily minute else the patches would form up resulting in an ugly look. The gaps circulating or freestanding in and around the existing hair strands are supposed to be filled with new hair follicles with the hair transplantation procedure. A beard looks solid and dense when the gaps are hunted down.
In an average estimation, hair transplants get about 4,000 to 7,000 follicles grafted onto the beard. Most of the time though, 2,500 hair follicles are necessary for a full beard.
Beard Implant Techniques
Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT)
Most beard transplants are performed using a technique called follicular unit transfer (FUT). In this procedure, hair grafts are removed from the donor area and harvested using a small circular incision, and transplanted to the area where the beard hair is to be built or filled. The taken grafts are implanted in a larger area with a small scar that is barely visible.
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
DHI hair transplantation is similar to FUI but there is little difference in the technique of how hair is implanted. DHI is also called Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction for its accurate in-depth angular hair implantation. This is perfectly suitable for the Alopecia Barbae kind of disorder.
DHI is suitable for small area hair transplantation whereas FUT is feasible for a large number of hair graft transplants.
Direct hair Implantation is a transplant technique used to treat Alopecia Barbae.
Beard Transplant cost
Even though Beard transplantation or beard implantation is a worldwide known method to treat beard issues, it cannot be attempted by whoever wanted it for it is a very costly procedure.
The costing of beard transplantation generally follows the cost per graft (CPG) method to estimate the overall cost figured out to treat a beard transplant. The grafts implanted vary from a minimum of 1000 grafts to a maximum 8000 number of grafts. If the grafts implanted are minimum or less than the minimum, the cost per graft would be as near as $750 if the hospitalization is a seven star. In India, it is possible with low amounts starting from 50 rupees per graft. If the grafted hair follicles are maximum, they would calculate a wholesome equation estimating less amount per graft. However, in India, it would cost at least one lakh rupee to enjoy a beard transplant.
Therefore, the overall estimated average cost for beard transplant in a country like the US and Europe is $5000 ranging between $1500 and $10,000. The same treatment cost in India may vary between fifty thousand rupees and ten lakh rupees.
Beard transplantation is a surgery, involves bleeding. Thus a beard transplant also costs two to three weeks of bed rest and certain medication to normalize the beard space. This is an additional treatment cost to the cost involved during beard transplant surgery.
As beard transplants are cosmetic procedures, they’re not covered by insurance. Some doctors may allow you to pay in installments, so be sure about financial matters before indulging in transplantation.
Even though beard transplantation is a successful operation, doctors do not assure the result for their own safety. The unfortunate conditions lead to various side effects with beard transplantation. To recover from the resulting conditions may cost more than the effective cost of beard transplantation. One should get ready for beard transplantation only when he is sufficient to handle the side effects, too.