From the large, unkempt beards modeled on the TV show “Duck Dynasty” to the trim, neatly-styled beards sported by the bohemian artists strolling through Brooklyn, facial hair is here to stay! Popular celebrities have turned what was once a minor affectation into a powerful fashion statement. Unfortunately, many forms of alopecia (hair loss) can affect the facial hair just as readily as they do the hair on the scalp, and some men have difficulty growing and maintaining a full beard. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we study all forms of hair loss and any potential hair restoration technology and techniques, so we are uniquely qualified to discuss both the loss and restoration of facial hair.
According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, just over 7 percent of hair restoration procedures performed in 2012 targeted non-scalp areas of the body — including, but not limited to, the eyebrows, face/moustache/beard, and side burn areas. However, in the past year, the popularity of beard and mustache transplants has skyrocketed, with several specialists reporting that the popularity of the procedure has increased five or even six-fold. Most frequently, the men seeking the procedure have a beard already, but have uneven coverage and hairless patches that they are interested in filling in.
The procedure for a beard transplant is very similar to what a patient might undergo for regular genetic pattern baldness. The hair follicles are typically taken from the back of the patient’s scalp, as this hair most closely resembles the hair grown around the chin. It is then transplanted through micro-incisions on a bare patch of face. At The Griffin Center, our extensive experience performing follicular unit grafting helps us orient each individual follicle with the natural angle of the existing hair, a particularly meticulous part of the procedure which is necessary in order to prevent the transplanted hair from sticking out in random directions. Once it’s fully healed, the new beard can be shaved regularly and will grow back just as it does during natural hair growth.
If you have questions about hair loss causes and treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ .