Even men who haven’t been hit by male pattern baldness can suffer from problems growing a thick, full beard. Thankfully, modern science can take over where genetics may have failed us. A facial hair transplant, often colloquially called a ‘beard transplant’, is perfectly feasible either in the form of a FUE hair transplant or a FUT procedure.
FUE vs FUT
FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction, is a method of hair transplant which involves taking individual hairs from the back of the head – the part which usually suffers the least hair loss – and grafting them one by one onto other parts of the head and face. By this method, a healthy head (or face) of hair can be obtained with minimal scarring and downtime afterwards.
FUE is considered the preferred method of facial hair transplant due to its status as the least invasive of all hair transplant procedures. Another method, FUT, or Follicular Unit Transplantation, is also available, which involves taking small strips of skin from the donor area and grafting those onto the face. While this procedure can often work out a little cheaper than FUE, it also usually leaves more visible scarring – which isn’t ideal when we’re talking about a facial hair transplant – and takes longer to heal.
However, one way in which the FUT procedure may come out on top is when it comes to desire beard fullness; while the FUE procedure should be enough for most men’s requirements, FUT may be preferable for men who want to possess a very thick, full, bushy beard, as it takes a greater amount of hair for the transplant. In cases like this, where a very thick beard is desired, the thin scars left behind by the FUT procedure may be less of a problem anyway.
Should I get a beard transplant?
If your patchy beard is causing you stress, then a facial hair transplant can be an effective route to a permanent, natural-looking fix. While there are other temporary solutions, such as the drug Minoxidil, hair transplantation is really the only known permanent cure for hair loss. It’s important to consider the side effects of hair transplant surgery, which can include mild bruising, redness, swelling, and ingrown hairs, as well as noting that surgery will require a short recovery period, though this is shorter with a FUE hair transplant than a FUT procedure.
While surgery to combat hair loss isn’t for everyone, its increasing popularity is no doubt due to the effectiveness and minimal side effects of modern surgical procedures. After a beard transplant, most men are shaving within 7 to 10 days, making it easier than ever to obtain a beard to boast about.