Getting a Facial Hair Transplant

When most people think of a hair transplant, they initially think of someone trying to overcome balding on their scalp. However, this isn’t the only type of hair transplant that people get. Some people might consider a facial hair transplant to augment their normal facial hair growth.

Although facial hair doesn’t really “bald” in the way that normal hair sometimes does, many people do not have the ability to grow facial hair in certain areas for a number of reasons. A person might consider a facial hair transplant because they simply want a fuller beard or moustache, or perhaps they’d like to use a hair transplant to cover up a scar.

Also, people undergoing sexual reassignment surgery may have an interest in a facial hair transplant. The facial hair transplant can work well in tandem with hormone therapy to create real facial hair for someone who is just now beginning to live in a man’s body. You’ll want to discuss this option with your physician to see if a facial hair transplant will provide any benefit to your transformation.

Many hair transplant clinics that work on scalps will also work on facial hair. Be sure to ask your hair transplant surgeon if he or she has done any facial hair transplant work in the past. Although the mechanics of the facial hair transplant are not dissimilar to a traditional hair transplant, the aesthetics are. The key is for the facial hair to look natural  and for the hair to grow naturally along with the other facial hair already present on the face. Ask to see some before and after photos of a facial hair transplant before you undergo any skin grafts.

The initial facial hair transplant might not appear to go to plan, because oftentimes the initial transplanted hair will fall out. However, don’t instantly conclude that your facial hair transplant was a failure. This often happens, but the hair follicle will remain and will grow new facial hair as soon as it can. However, if you suspect that new hair is not growing, contact your hair transplant specialist to see if there is something wrong. These operations cost a pretty penny, so make sure your money is going to good use.

Care for a hair transplant of this nature isn’t terribly difficult. Once the operation has had time to heal, you simply need to provide the new hair with the same level of upkeep as your other facial hair. This means you can and you should shave your facial hair transplant to fit the rest of your facial hair.

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