Beard Transplant – Effects and how to get through it?

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A number of factors can trigger hair loss and certain aspects of an individual’s life can also cause the hair to fall off. Your genes, hormones, diet, lifestyle, alcohol intake, age and stress can all contribute to your hair loss condition.

Is it possible to grow a fuller-looking beard after suffering from beard hair loss?

Thanks to the science and medical advancements which made it possible to get a fuller beard. Beard transplants have come into existence from the past few years only, but now this treatment is more effective and advanced than ever. Not only scalp and beard, but it is also possible to implant hair to any part of the body with the help of hair transplant techniques.

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Beard Transplant

The studies have shown that men with a fuller looking beard seem stronger and attractive than other men. We understand that not every man is blessed with abundant facial hair and if you are one of them, then you can consider the possible options. If you’ve tried several methods to grow your beard hair, but you do not get significant results yet, then beard transplant is the ultimate solution for you. By opting for beard transplant, you can look more mature and masculine.

Beard transplant with FUE and FUT techniques can restore the natural hair growth on the beard as well as mustache area. The tools and technologies used to control the depth, angle and direction of the implanted hair, result in getting a completely natural look of the beard.

The beard transplant procedure includes the following steps:

  • Hairline Designing

According to the patient’s requirements and the defined symmetry, the hair transplant doctor initially designs the beard area.

  • Extraction of Hair Follicles

In beard transplant, the extraction procedure is generally performed by the FUE method, in which the hair grafts are harvested individually (i.e. one by one) from the donor area (usually the back of the scalp).

  • Preparation of Follicles

Afterward, the extracted grafts are counted and the team separates the active and healthy grafts required for natural results and density.

  • Implantation of Hair Follicles

As per the predetermined hairline design, the extracted hair follicles are implanted one by one into the beard area by taking care of the precise angle, depth and direction.

 

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Procedure & Recovery Time:

  • The beard transplant procedure takes only 3 – 5 hours and after that, you can go back home. There will be very small incisions on your face and you’ll not get hurt more than a small pinch.
  • The recovery period is comparatively less than other hair transplants. The recovery time to heal the wounds is approximately 3 – 4 days at maximum.

Effects of Beard Transplant:

  • In the worst scenario, the patient may expect a few days of slight swelling and redness around the transplanted area.
  • To get the good looking beard density, you need to sacrifice your hair from elsewhere (generally the back of the head). However, the scalp will not result in bald patches; it may only look slightly thinner than before.
  • The transplanted hair will fall out for once within 3 weeks and you don’t need to worry about it as it is temporary. After that, you’ll get permanent hair growth.
  • Once your new hair follicles will be permanently grafted, you can shave it in the normal way and style it in the desired way. Your transplanted hairs will then look and grow like the normal beard.

What is the difference between Beard & Scalp Hair?

There may be the difference between the quality of original beard hair and the hair that is transplanted and this is one of the side effects of beard transplantation. The beard and scalp hair differs in the following ways:

  • The hair produced in the scalp is different in texture from other bodily hair.
  • The hair on the head is usually thinner than the hair on the beard area.
  • Furthermore, the growth levels for both kinds of hair are not compatible. The scalp hair grows faster than the beard hair. So you’ll need to trim and shave the beard hair more frequently after transplantation.

Beard Transplant Cost

Beard Transplant Cost

Some hair transplant clinics will offer you this treatment on the basis of cost per graft, while some will charge you for the complete session. The cost per grafts usually starts from Rs. 20 to Rs. 30.  You can calculate the total cost for the beard transplant by the following method:

Price per Graft * Total Number of Grafts = Total Cost

 

You need to be a suitable candidate for a beard transplant. For this, you must not be suffering from any chronic diseases such as blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Also, you should have sufficient donor area available for the grafts to be extracted. The number of grafts required may vary from one person to another. However, the average grafting for an individual is around 600 – 1500 grafts.

 

Post-Operative Care – How to get through Beard Transplant?

  • Take proper rest for 2 – 3 days so that the wounds can get healed efficiently.
  • Do not get the transplanted area wet for 3 – 4 days after the surgery.
  • Please refrain from smoking and alcohol for a few days after your procedure for best healing.
  • Do not expose the transplanted area to the sunlight. Cover your face properly while going somewhere.
  • There will be tiny crusts on the area of implantation. Do not rub the area and let these crusts fall out naturally.
  • The full beard growth will take time, approximately 6 – 8 months. So be calm and patient, because the results are going to be worth the Beard Transplant cost and time!

Does Male Pattern Baldness Really Skip Generations?

Are you worried that you may suffer from male pattern baldness which is a hereditary problem? Your forefathers might have suffered with baldness. That’s why you have a nightmare that you will also certainly follow their path, right? But, be assured; this is not always true.

In this article, we will discuss about the inherited pattern of baldness.

Let us first focus on the science which talks about the genetic mutation and heredity. You should be aware of the different genetic factors which are responsible for developing male pattern baldness. So, if the reasons are known to you, you may take precautions to lower the risk of suffering from male pattern baldness.

How do you inherit Male Pattern Baldness?

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Male Pattern Baldness

Before we start discussing about the main topic, i.e. whether it is possible to skip baldness for any generations, it is more important to tell you the fact that scientists are still not sure of the exact inheritance pattern of male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. The reason behind this is the existence of multiple genetic and environmental factors, which play a key role in developing male-pattern baldness.

What is AGA inheritance?

Let’s now discuss about the research work done by the scientists on AGA inheritance. First and foremost, the research work reveals that heritability of AGA has counts of over 80%. This mainly occurs due to androgen sensitivity. Now you may have a question in your mind that what is the role of Androgen in our body?

Androgen is a type of hormone present in the human body. The main function of this hormone is to develop pubertal actions, in both males & females. In male bodies, androgen helps to develop the male sex organs along with secondary characteristics like growth of body hair, deepening of the voice, increase of muscle mass etc. These changes we generally notice in males undergoing puberty.

Now, we have a generalized idea that androgens play major role in the development of male-pattern baldness. But the actual fact is that it’s the androgen receptors that cause a problem. Genetics Home Reference claims that a gene known as the Androgen Receptor or AR is responsible for the development and placement of androgen receptor. Increased activity of androgen receptors in hair follicles occurs due to the variations or mutations in this gene.

In the year 2001, Ellis et. al. conducted a study of androgen receptor genes over 553 men. Among these men, 446 numbers showed signs of significant baldness, while the rest didn’t have any indication of baldness whatsoever. Scientists, on the basis of mutation of one particular gene, drew a conclusion that men diagnosed with baldness had a higher incidence of AR gene.

A survey was conducted on 54 young bald men. 98.1% of these men had the mutation. Remaining bald men had a mean age of 56. In comparison to this, only 76.6% of the 107 non-bald people showed this mutation.

20th chromosome that can lead to hair loss is found at locus 20p11.22
The location of the mutation on the 20th chromosome that can lead to hair loss is found at locus 20p11.22.

Previously, AGA inheritance was believed to be a result of mutated AR gene. That would mean that inheritance patterns should be maternal. Further studies indicated that there exist an X-linked AR gene, but it’s not the sole factor responsible in male pattern baldness. An associated locus at chromosome 20p11.22 was discovered by a team of researchers in 2009. This research work was performed on 1,125 males. The study showed that an increased risk of AGA was present in those men who have a mutation on rs1160312 marker of chromosome 20. Furthermore, this research indicated an increased risk of AGA in men with both risk alleles (at 20p11.22 and AR). A 2016 study revealed the fact that there are at least 12 additional loci that were previously not discovered. More and more chromosomal loci, which contribute to male-pattern baldness inheritance, are being identified as the research continues.

Hope the above discussion has thrown some light on your idea about male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. At the same time, this is a true fact that you can’t alter your genetics. But surely, you can take a proactive action to baldness treatments by consulting with our hair loss specialist at FCHTC clinic in Ludhiana. We’ll guide you with the best solution to lessen the impact of baldness inheritance and will give you a better chance of resisting hair loss.