Facial Hair Surgery

Facial Hair Transplant Surgery*

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Overview

When it comes to changing up their personal style, men often look towards facial hair to redefine their look or make a fashion statement. Sometimes, the added facial hair can give a guy that masculine feeling within just a couple of days of new growth. For some men, however, facial hair is sparse or missing, which can be a source of frustration. Facial hair transplant surgery is now considered a common cosmetic procedure to help men gain a full beard and ongoing growth. Plano, TX hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Joseph Yaker, offers Follicular Unit Extraction (SmartGraft™ FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) for men who desire facial hair restoration.

Facial Hair Loss

Whether the reason for lack of facial hair growth or patchy beards is the result of genetics, electrolysis, scarring from physical trauma or surgery, or congenital defects (i.e. cleft lip), facial hair restoration surgery can enhance your appearance by producing dense, natural appearing facial hair. An uncommon form of hair loss, alopecia barbae, is a type of alopecia areata, which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles, leading to smooth, hairless patches to the beard. Treatment for alopecia barbae includes corticosteroid injections and not facial hair transplantation.

Surgical Consideration

Men who struggle to grow facial hair or have loss of facial hair are candidates for hair transplantation surgery. Facial hair transplant surgery is performed using SmartGraft™ FUE or FUT, where hair is taken from the back of the scalp and re-implanted into the facial areas where the patient desires new growth. The main difference between the two procedures is in the way the donor hair is removed from the back of the scalp. This technique is very delicate by nature and thus Dr. Yaker ensures that the facial hairlines are drawn accurately, and that the placement and direction of the hairs are implanted so that they appear natural and mimic normal hair growth. For optimal graft survival, Dr. Yaker uses platelet rich plasma (PRP) to assist in wound healing and to help promote hair growth. The average amount of grafts used for facial hair transplant surgery are indicated below:

  • Mustache: 350-500 grafts
  • Complete goatee: Up to 1,500 grafts
  • Sideburns: 200-250 grafts on each side
  • Beard: 300-3,000 grafts depending on areas of loss and desired result

What to Expect

SmartGraft™ FUE or FUT for the face are both performed using a local anesthetic and an oral sedative. The procedure lasts 2-8 hours depending on the aesthetic desires of the patient. Following the procedure, tiny red scabs will appear over the newly transplanted follicles, but will go away within one week. At around 3-4 weeks, the transplanted hairs will begin to fall out. This is a completely normal process, as the follicles below the skin are still in place and will begin to grow new hair at around 3-4 months. The newly transplanted facial hair is permanent and will grow naturally just like normal facial hair. Once grown in, men can groom the hair just like normal facial hair.  

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Average Cost  
From $5,000
Recovery Time  
3-7 Days
Average Procedure Time  
3-6 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
Varies
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Expected Cost

Facial hair transplant surgery is performed in our accredited hair restoration surgical center. The price will vary depending on how many grafts are needed to achieve the desired cosmetic result. The average price runs between $4-$8 per graft. 

Hair Transplant FAQs

Permanent Results?

Yes, once the newly transplanted follicles are in place, hair growth will be permanent and will need to be groomed just like normal facial hair.

Am I a Candidate?

Men who struggle to grow facial hair are candidates for this surgery. This means their facial hair does not grow in fully, or may appear scarce or patchy. There must be enough hair in the donor area (i.e. back of the scalp) to extract in order for this surgery to be successful. 

SmartGraft™ FUE or FUT?

Dr. Yaker uses both Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Transplantation for facial hair restoration. Both offer great results. He will discuss which method is more appropriate after discussing your aesthetic goals in terms of how you wear your hair where the hair is extracted. This is usually a big deciding factor when choosing which surgery to use. To find more information regarding SmartGraft™ FUE and FUT, visit our comparison page.

SmartGraft™ FUE vs. FUT Comparison

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