Did former world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather get a beard transplant? He did if rumours on social media can be believed. Maybe he acquired it for the same reason as fellow fighter Conor Benn got his, that is, to better intimidate his opponents. Alternatively, it’s possible that ‘Money’ Mayweather simply wanted to emulate Hollywood stars like George Clooney and Brad Pitt, two of the coolest bearded dudes on the planet. If so, he’s not alone. Beard transplants have grown in popularity recently as more and more men seek a fuller, thicker beard.
If you’re considering a beard transplant, there are a few things you need to know. This article is going to cover them, so keep reading!
They Do Beard Transplants Now??
People are sometimes surprised when they hear about beard transplants. The procedure certainly doesn’t have the same high profile that standard hair transplants enjoy, but that’s changing. The process for both is much the same, in so far as hair follicles are taken from one part of the body (usually the back and sides of the head) and transplanted to a different place.
One important factor to consider when getting a beard transplant is the type of procedure that will be used. There are two main types of beard transplant surgery: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT).
FUE or FUT?
FUE involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor area (usually the scalp) and transplanting them to the beard area. This is done using a small instrument that makes tiny incisions in the skin around each follicle, allowing them to be removed and then implanted in the beard area. FUE is a minimally invasive procedure that typically results in less scarring and a shorter recovery time.
With FUT, the surgeon removes a strip of skin from the donor site before cutting it into single hair follicles. These follicles are then implanted in the face. While FUT can be a more efficient way to extract large numbers of follicles, it does involve a longer recovery time and can result in a visible scar on the donor area.
Another important consideration is the number of grafts that will be needed for the procedure. This depends on the individual’s hair type, the desired beard density and the size of the area being transplanted. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a better idea of how many grafts you will need after examining your hair and beard area.
Keep in mind, too, that not everyone is a good candidate for a beard transplant. That said, if your general health is good, if you have sufficient hair on the donor areas and realistic expectations for the result, you should be okay.
There are very few clinical and academic studies on beard transplants (remember what we said about it having a low profile?). One small study of twenty men in 2021 found that nineteen of them were happy with their result. More illuminating, perhaps, are the statistics collated by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) which show a worldwide increase of 557% in the number of facial hair transplants between 2012 and 2019. If the marketing bods are right and satisfaction sells, then that huge rise indicates a lot of satisfied customers!
The small study mentioned above found that there were no significant complications or adverse effects reported in the cases they reviewed. That’s not to say it’s a completely risk – free process; all surgical procedures involve some risk. Complications are rare, but they can include infection, scarring and bleeding. The risks can be minimised if you choose your clinic and surgeon wisely. The surgeon will discuss potential complications with you and provide you with instructions on how to prevent these from arising.
Finally, it’s worth noting that beard transplants can have a significant impact on a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. Many men who have undergone the procedure report feeling more confident and satisfied with their appearance. Remember, though, that the results of a beard transplant can take several months to become fully visible, so patience is required!
In conclusion, a beard transplant can be a safe and effective way to achieve a fuller, thicker beard. By understanding the different types of procedures available, the number of grafts required and the potential risks and benefits of the process, you can make an informed decision about whether a beard transplant is right for you. The results can be life-changing!
If you’re thinking of getting a beard transplant, start your research of service providers with Vinci Hair Clinic. We are one of the leading hair restoration organisations in the world, and we have years of experience in beard transplant surgery. All our new clients get a free, no-obligation consultation either in person or over the phone using photographs. Book your appointment today!