How Many Grafts Do We Need For A Full Beard?

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

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A beard transplant is a highly sought hair restoration procedure that allows men who cannot grow a beard or facial hair to do so. Our doctor will reconstruct an existing beard or structure a new beard. Extracts healthy hair follicles from the donor site, often the back of the head, and transfers them into tiny incisions in the beard region facing hair loss. Perfect symmetry is achieved by understanding the patient's facial dimension. 

A Beard hair transplant is a simple hair restoration process where a minor treatment is performed to restore facial hair that is not growing well. It will be done around the mustache and goatee areas, cheeks, beards, and sideburns. Other patients can opt for a facial hair transplant to cover acne scars on the face. 

Facial Hair Transplantation

Dr. John Kahen uses two main facial hair transplant techniques to transplant facial hair; Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). An FUE hair restoration technique is about extracting and transferring individual follicular units from one region to another. A FUT procedure works by making incisions and removing a narrow strip of skin from the donor site that contains healthy hair follicles. Dissect the tissue strip to remove individual follicular units. After extraction, insert these follicular units into small incisions made in the beard area. Usually, transplants one or two hair follicles at a time and places them at the original angle where the Beard will look natural. 

However, this rarely happens. The size of the recipient area will influence the time it will take to perform the procedure. Typically, a facial hair transplant treatment takes between 6 to 8 hours. The number of hair grafts that need to be transferred will also determine the amount of time.

Since the use of anesthesia, patients hardly feel any pain during the facial hair transplant procedure. The recovery period is also short and painless. The patient's treatment area will form tiny crusts in the first five days after the procedure. Noticeable results of the procedure will be seen within the first three to four days after the procedure. It will take around two weeks after the facial hair transplant for the newly transferred hair to fall out. New facial hair will start growing in the third month after the treatment. Once the patient fully heals, facial hair will continue growing for a lifetime. 

Read More: Cost Of Fue Hair Transplant In Los Angeles

Beard Reconstruction Using Grafts

Our beard hair transplant procedure is used to restore hair in burn scars and androgenic and cicatricial alopecia utilizing mini grafts or micrografts. Pubic escutcheon, Beard, mustache, eyelash, and eyebrow can be recreated using these grafts. Since the procedure covered the flap very well, the patient got his desired look.

How many grafts are Required for Full Beard Transplant?

Dr. John Kahen has a wealth of experience and knowledge in placing graft hairs into incisions to produce a natural look. This is because he has been performing beard hair transplantation for years. 

The facial hair transplant procedure involves:

  • 200 to 250 grafts per sideburn.
  • 300 to 700 grafts for a cheek beard.
  • Transferring 350 to 500 grafts for the mustache area
  • 600 to 700 grafts for a full goatee.

A facial transplant allows you to get a full beard and the desired look you have always wanted. The fullness of the donor's hair will determine the outcome, whether you are looking for a stubble beard, sideburn, or goatee beard. Generally, how many grafts for beard transplant are required depends on the patient's facial hair restoration goals and the thickness of hair in the donor area. The number of hair follicles for a full beard should be around 2500-3000. But if you want a simple goatee, the number of hair grafts should be between 1200-1500.

What to Expect at Consultation?

The first is determining whether you are the right candidate for a facial hair transplant. Your hair condition plays a huge role in making this decision. You need to have enough hair at the back of your head to be a good candidate for a facial hair transplant. Also, after looking at your hair patches or thinning hair, we can decide how many grafts are needed for the full beard transplant to get the best results. We’ll also discuss your expectations, your lifestyle, and whether you previously had a hair transplant treatment. We will also determine which beard hair transplant approach will work well for you. 

Also, you can Read: How Long Does The Fut Procedure Take At BHHR?


Beard transplantation has gained popularity because many men prefer full-dense facial hair. After all, it is trendy. It is reliable because it guarantees natural-looking results and permanence with only one session. Although there are many facial hair and beard types, not all of them will work on all hair loss conditions. To know how many grafts you need for a beard transplant, consult with Beverly Hills Hair Restoration clinic. Dr. John Kahen will evaluate your hair loss and determine the number of grafts needed along with the best technique for a full beard transplant. 

If you're interested in learning about SmartGraft, the Beverly Hills Hair Restoration physicians would be pleased to tell you. Please schedule a consultation with our surgical team by calling 310.289.0901 or sending us an online message detailing your aims.

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