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Facial Hair Transplants or Beard Transplants have exploded in the news recently, despite not being all that new.
We’ve been talking about facial hair transplants for quite some time here at The Private Clinic. Of course, it’s more of a niche procedure.
Its popularity is dwarfed by interest in hair transplants to the scalp but nevertheless, we are seeing a growing number of men interested in the procedure – partly down to the recent media interest no doubt.
Procter and Gamble, the powerhouse behind brands like Gillette, added to the milieu with their news that razor sales are falling across developed markets.
Is this a new era for facial hair? Time will tell. In the meantime, I wanted to explain a little bit more
How Is It Done?
The most popular and minimally invasive method available is the FUE method.
Small incisions are made around hair follicle units and then they are carefully extracted, leaving behind barely visible non-linear scarring. The extracted hair follicles are prepared and then transplanted to the face, creating a natural-looking result for fuller facial hair.
It takes a while to perform but that’s the only downside. It’s a walk-in walk-out procedure using only local anaesthetic with very little aftercare – very easy on the patient.
Why are people getting it done?
While we haven’t conducted a survey, our patients tell us they want a facial hair transplant for one or a combination of the following reasons:
Just another fad?
Jeremy Paxman set tongues wagging when he debuted his beard on TV’s Newsnight recently. Gary Barlow and David Beckham have been cited as top celebrities for facial hair, along with George Clooney and Brad Pitt. It’s a popular look for people in the public eye but facial hair has long been popular, the Ancient Greeks also saw it as a sign of virility. So even if part of its popularity is down to fashion, the trend shows no sign of dissipating. It’s growing in popularity but it’s unlikely to make the leap from niche to mainstream for now. For those that will benefit though it can be life-changing for all the right reasons.
If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited hair transplant and scarring clinics in your area.
Many thanks to the author of this blog Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga who is the most sought-after hair transplant surgeon specialist and one of the first doctors to train and practise the FUE method, performing one of the highest numbers of FUE hair transplant procedures in Europe.
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