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Posted on : October 04, 2022 | Category : Beard Transplant | Author: John Kahen

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A burly beard is perhaps one of the sexiest features of a male human. Interestingly, not all men can grow a beard. It can be devastating, but the situation can be salvaged with several remedy options. Among these options is getting a beard hair transplant procedure. This surgical procedure allows those who can't grow a burly beard naturally to get a shot at getting luscious facial hair. 

Getting a beard transplant works the same way as undergoing a hair transplant of the scalp. It works by harvesting healthy hair from one body region and shifting it to the beard or facial area. During a beard or facial hair transplant, harvested hair is removed and implanted in the facial area, such as the neck, chin, or cheeks. The area where hair is removed is commonly known as the donor area, while the area receiving hair is called the recipient area. 

Before getting a beard hair transplant, you must do extensive research. The reason is that several factors require consideration. These factors include the cost of the beard transplant procedure and expectations afterward. 

What Is A Beard Transplant?

During a beard transplant, the surgeon will conduct surgery to try and patch up areas experiencing sparsely growing facial hair or create a goatee, full beard, or sideburn. The sides or back of the scalp is the preferred donor area when doing a beard transplant because it matches the patient's beard color and coarseness. The FUT or FUE hair transplant procedures are effective techniques for beard transplantation. These are ideal options because they offer a more natural-looking and permanent method to restore a beard that has refused to grow. 

Benefits of Having a Beard Hair Transplant Surgery 

Although various benefits come with a beard transplant procedure, these are the major ones:

  • Offers permanent results 
  • Only local anesthesia is required 
  • It is a safe surgical procedure
  • It's painless, with only a slight pinching experience 
  • The transplanted hair will match perfectly with the original facial hair 
  • After the process, the patient can trim or shave the beard just like the original hair 
  • It is also used to cover facial scars and burns permanently 
  • Allows surgeons to style beard or facial hair according to the patient's desires 
  • The beard transplant procedure is entirely customizable 

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How a Beard Transplant is Done and Recovery Process?

A beard transplant can take several approaches based on the patient's facial hair restoration goals. Two main hair transplant techniques are follicular unit extraction – FUE and follicular unit transplantation – FUT. The critical difference between these two techniques lies in hair harvesting or extraction. 

1. FUE: Follicular Unit Extraction

The most commonly used procedure of beard restoration is the FUE technique. This facial hair restoration technique involves removing individual hair from the donor area – usually from the scalp – and implanting them in the beard area where hair is lacking. The surgeon will make necessary, perfect incisions in areas of the face that are supposed to receive the hair. The beard implantation process is quite delicate and requires a highly skilled surgeon with enough experience to insert grafts at the right angle, direction, and density. After the beard restoration procedure, the natural-looking results will reveal how skilled or experienced the hair restoration specialist is. Our surgeon produces a facial hair transplant that looks genuinely natural. The quality of the beard hair transplant procedure from Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Clinic is unmatched, and the cost is quite affordable. 

The extent of the beard loss often determines the amount of graft hair required for the beard transplant procedure. In most cases, the doctor transfers about 4,000 to 7,000 grafts to achieve the patient's facial hair restoration goals. The process may require two to five hours since the patient will be under local anesthetic. After surgery and recovery, tiny scars will occur in the donor area. However, these scars will stay hidden once hair regrows. 

There is no or little discomfort after a beard transplant using the FUE technique. The recovery process is much quicker since the FUE technique is less invasive than the FUT hair restoration technique. The method offers faster and more desirable results for individuals undergoing beard or mustache transplants. That’s the reason, since 2017, many people have shifted to the FUE technique of hair transplant from the traditional FUT hair restoration technique. 

2. FUT: Follicular Unit Transplantation

The FUT – Follicular unit transplantation is a more traditional hair transplant technique called the strip procedure. During the strip surgery technique, the surgeon removes a strip of skin with healthy hair follicles from the donor area, extracts follicles units, and implants them in the recipient area. After the procedure, the doctor will stitch up the donor area. Scars left after the surgery will be covered by hair once it grows back. 

Unlike the FUE procedure, graft hair harvesting in FUT is not done individually but collectively. They are extracted in groups of four hair strands known as follicular units. This method makes the beard restoration results look fuller after recovery. After considering the size of the recipient area, the surgery may take between four to eight hours. The surgery period is also determined by the number of graft hairs that are necessary for the surgery. Since the procedure requires incisions, the process is conducted under local anesthesia. When searching for a facial hair transplant, it is good to consider all these factors. 

Compared to the FUE technique, recovery takes longer in the FUT technique. The treatment area should not be disturbed in the first five days after surgery because of the stitches. Swelling may occur in the recipient area. However, there are anti-inflammatory drugs to help remedy the situation. Like the FUE hair transplant procedure, the FUT technique also produces a more natural look after recovery, making it hard to tell the difference. 

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How Much Does a Beard Transplant Cost?

The cost of having a beard transplant procedure highly depends on the number of graft hair necessary to make the facial hair transplant procedure successful. The cost can reach $15,000, depending on the location and the surgeon's experience in beard restoration. A partial hair transplant costs less, between ($3,000 to $7,000), and it is for patients who lack facial hair in some regions of the face. In such a case, the cost also depends on the number of graft hairs required. The consultation period allows the doctor and the patient to discuss the cost of the procedure before it begins. The doctor will have to evaluate your face to establish whether you meet the requirements of the process. 

A consultation fee may be necessary, depending on the clinic or doctor. It is, therefore, essential to inquire about consultation fees when booking an appointment for beard transplant surgery. Beard transplants are cosmetic procedures. Consequently, they are not covered by many health insurance providers. It would help if you also asked your provider about financing options since some clinics allow patients to pay in installments.

Why Choose Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Specialist Dr. John Kahen? 

Hair Loss Specialist Dr. John Kahen, M.D. is a World-Renowned and Award-winning surgeon with years of experience in hair restoration procedures and treatments. He achieves customer satisfaction by focusing on a personalized approach. He also pioneered the SmartPRP® technology of hair restoration that produces excellent results. 

Dr. John Kahen is an expert in hair transplantation, facelifts, nose jobs, beard transplant procedures, and facial hair restoration. He delivers his services to all despite their gender, race, nationality, or background. He even performs transgender hair transplants to help female-to-male (FTM) transgender patients get a more masculine look. 

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Dr. John Kahen has the following qualifications:

  • Board-certified otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat specialist)
  • Performs advanced FUE facial hair transplants
  • Outstanding patient reviews
  • He has done more than 1000 facial hair transplants in his career 
  • Board-certified plastic surgeon
  • Offers customized hair restoration procedures that match clients' goals 
  • Features advanced hair transplant technology
  • 90% success rate for transplanted hairs
  • 5-star rating 


Do you have a patchy, uneven, or hard-to-grow beard? It may be a result of scarring, injury, or genetics. You can salvage the situation by getting a beard hair transplant surgery at Beverly Hills Hair Restoration clinic in Palm Desert and Beverly Hills. With a facial hair transplant procedure, you can start growing full facial hair in areas of the face that have refused to grow hair. These include the sideburns, beard, mustache, and goatee areas. 

Dr. John Kahen has helped thousands of people restore their hair and self-confidence for years. For more information about your eligibility as a hair restoration candidate or a complimentary consultation, contact Dr. John Kahen at 310.289.0901

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