The question of how to do beard transplantation is one of the most asked questions in the aesthetics in recent years. Just like hair transplantation, beard transplantation is done with the follicles taken from the donor area placed in the beard-free area under local anesthesia. Although the lower part of the nape is generally preferred as a donor area, it is used as a donor under the chin, above the cheekbone, and rarely chest hair. As in hair transplantation, there is a process followed in beard transplantation too.

  • Planning of the transplantation
  • Anesthesia
  • Removal of grafts
  • Opening the ducts
  • Placement of grafts


Planning of the transplantation

Before starting the operation, the plan of transplantation is made. Where to take the roots and where to place are calculated. After the calculation and planning process, the area where the roots will be removed, and the area where the roots will be placed is shaved. Shaving is done to make transplantation more comfortable.

Application of Anesthesia

The first step of the transplantation operations is anesthesia. Anesthesia is applied to the area where the roots will be removed and the area where the roots will be placed. Anesthesia ensures that nerve endings are stimulated and the patient does not feel any pain during the transplantation period. Since the beard area has a soft texture compared to the scalp, patients feel a little more pain when injecting anesthesia. It should be noted that the pain felt while injecting anesthesia varies according to the level of pain of the patient. One of the points to be mentioned is that the pain will be gone in seconds. There is no need to worry as the effect of anesthesia appears within seconds. Also, as the anesthesia is applied locally, the person is conscious throughout the operation. Sedation is applied before anesthesia to those who are afraid of the anesthesia needle or who have an operation tension. Sedation is injected into the person before anesthesia, allowing the person to become short-term sleep.

Removal of the grafts from the donor area

The follicles that are going to be placed in the beard-free area are removed with the FUE method. The FUE method creates tiny incisions around the hair follicles, allowing the roots to be removed comfortably. Firstly the roots are loosened using small tip punches, and then they are removed one by one from the donor area with the help of forceps( similar to tweezers).

How to Determine Donor Area in Beard Transplantation?

While determining the donor area where the grafts will be removed in beard transplantation operations, firstly, it is checked whether the donor area is compatible with the hair structures in the beard area. Areas that are compatible with beard hair should be selected as donors to avoid an unnatural or irregular appearance. While determining the donor area in beard transplantation operations, although it is mostly based on the nape region, this order is followed.

  1. The lowest part of the nape region.
  2. Under the chin
  3. Neck area
  4. Above the cheekbones
  5. Chest area

If the beard area will be used as donor, the neck and cheekbones, which are unnecessary parts of the beard, should be used in order not to create a sparse image after transplantation.

Opening the ducts where the roots will be placed 

While the ducts are opening in beard transplantation, each region is opened with a different angle. Since the angle of the ducts is the first condition of the natural appearance, the ducts are opened very carefully to prevent an unnatural appearance in beard transplantation. The ducts are opened in such a way that the hair roots in the chin region are directed forward, and the hair roots below the chin are extended to the neck. When opening the ducts in beard transplantation, 30-35 degree angles are generally used to get the natural slope (horizontal).


Placement of Grafts in the Beard Area

When the grafts are placed in the beard-free area, the beards must be compatible with each other. Since facial hair is usually thick and has single hair follicles, grafts with single hair or two hair follicles are used [6]. Removed roots should be placed immediately, as keeping the hair outside for a long time will cause it to lose its function. While the roots are placed, the ducts that suitable for the existing hair root should be matched.

Process After Beard Transplantation

After the beard transplantation, the crusting area is cleaned with the washing process performed 3 days later. The beard area should not be touched with water until the washing process. It is recommended to do the first wash in a hospital setting. In the washing process outside the hospital setting, the beard area should be lotioned precisely, then rinsed and normal washing should be continued. The cleaning process should be repeated daily until the crusts are completely gone. After about 10 days, a slightly pink appearance occurs after crusts, this is a normal process. Shock loss occurs within 2 weeks or 1 month. After the shock loss, mild pimples also occur when the hair follicles begin to grow. The pimples occur because of the roots that are planted is growing. The pimples are not a problem unless there is an infected condition. If an unusual situation is considered to be encountered, the transplantation doctor should be informed.

Things to Follow After Beard Transplantation

  1. Perfume and cologne should not be applied to the beard area for 1 month.
  2. Shaving should be done only after 1 month using scissors. Wait at least 3 months for the machine and razor.
  3. Alcohol and cigarettes should not be used for 1 week.
  4. Painkillers and antibiotics given by the doctor should be used regularly.
  5. To prevent damage to the beard area, patients should lie on their back.


Beard Transplantation Prices

In beard transplantation, as in hair transplantation, various factors are taken into consideration while determining the price. Different factors such as the number of grafts to be planted, the location of the center, the experience of the doctor, the number of staff, the degree of difficulty of the transplantation come into play. Therefore, since each clinic determines a different price policy for beard transplantation, the clinic should be contacted directly.

Things to wonder about beard transplantation

The person who decides to have beard transplantation wonders a lot of things related to this operation and wants to know what kind of process awaits him. This title aims to answer the questions about the beard transplantation.

  1. When Should Beard Transplantation Be Made?

Anyone who has completed the adolescence period can get it done at any time.

  1. Which Season is Best for Beard Transplantation?

Beard transplantation can be done every season of the year if it is protected from the sun in summer and cold in winter.

  1. Will there be any pain during the beard transplantation?

Because of the anesthesia applied before transplantation, no pain is felt during the procedure.

  1. How many hours does beard transplantation take?

Beard transplantation takes approximately 5 hours, although it changes according to the width of the beard area, the demands of the patient and the method applied.

  1. How Many Days After Beard Transplantation Will I Return To Daily Life?

One day after beard transplantation, the patient can return to his daily life. However, people who are uncomfortable with the image may need to wait another 1 week.

  1. Does Shock Loss Happen in Beard Transplantation? 

Shock loss occurs when the root defends itself, depending on the interventions made during transplantation. Although it varies according to the patient, shock loss is seen about 1 month from the operation.

      7.Will there be a scar after transplantation?

Since very small tips are used when removing and placing hair roots, there is no scar after transplantation.

  1. Is there any hair loss in placed beard hair?

There is not. Since the patient’s hair follicles are used, the transplanted roots are permanent.

  1. When do the placed beard hairs start growing?

With the end of shock loss, the beards that are placed reach a noticeable length within 4 to 5 months.

  1. When should the first shave be done after beard transplantation?

15 days after transplantation, the beard area can be shaved using only scissors. After this shaving process in the form of cutting, the first shaving can be done at the end of the 1st month. The patients should wait about 6 to 8 months for shaving with razors.


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[4] Fabio Zucchelli, ‘’Beard Transplants and Facial Hair Trends: Why Men Are Motivated To Have Surgery’’, Journal Of Aesthetic Nursing, 6 (1), 7, (2017).

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[6] Ronald Shapiro, ‘’Social İmpact Of Hair Loss’’, Word Fue İnstitute, 13, 189, (2017)


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