Do beard transplants work?It might be still seen as a niche procedure in the world of hair restoration technology, but beard transplants are very much a thing these days. And, just like the more standard technique, more and more men are turning to it.

Why do some men have patches in their beard area?

Like men who suffer from hair loss, there are different reasons for this. As with male pattern baldness, beard patches can be a hereditary issue. Some men suffer from a lack of androgens, such as testosterone, which can create patchy areas. Others suffer from alopecia areata, which can affect the beard area as well as the scalp.

However, if you’re in your twenties or earlier, it’s entirely possible that your beard area simply hasn’t fully developed yet.

How does a beard transplant work?

In a nutshell, a beard transplant procedure is the same as a hair transplant: hair follicles are removed from one part of the body, and surgically embedded in the affected area. The main (and ironic) difference is that in this case, the follicles are harvested from the back and side of the scalp.

How long does a beard transplant take?

Obviously, this depends on the size of the treated area. The short answer is ‘anything from three to nine hours’, but a fit and proper consultant could put you right on that score. And as it’s a walk-in, walk-out procedure, you can expect minimal downtime.

Do they actually work?

Yes. You’ll notice the difference immediately, but the full effect will come to fruition months later. And yes, the hair will grow to whatever length you wish it to. And no scarring occurs.

Obviously, this is a procedure that doesn’t come cheap, but if you need help in attaining the beard you’ve always wanted, it might be worth considering.

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