Facial hair transplants are a fantastic option for men who are unable to grow a full beard on their own or are experiencing patchy or thinning spots in the beard. It is a fairly simple surgical procedure that is performed in the comfort of your hair loss clinic, you will not need to be admitted into the hospital.
The procedure itself should only take a few hours (depending on the amount of hair that needs to be transplanted). The recovery time, however, can take a long as a month or more. During a portion of this time, you may experience some mild discomfort on your face, the most common discomfort being itching under your new beard.
Do NOT Scratch It!
After your procedure, you will notice some swelling around the treated area followed by scabbing. This is completely normal and no different to how your skin reacts to cuts and scrapes. The treated area of your face is trying to heal itself, so the best way to let it heal is by leaving it alone.
There is also the risk of infection. Scratching and picking at the treated area can increase this risk. You should always avoid removing any of the scabs before the skin underneath them has had time to heal.
If you have scratched your beard, and are noticing any bleeding, excessive swelling, or inflammation, you should notify your surgeon or aftercare team as soon as possible, as you may need to be prescribed an antibiotic to avoid infection. If you’re finding that the itching is too much to bear, contact your surgeon or aftercare team, they may be able to prescribe you something that can help
Use a Medicated Shampoo
Most hair loss clinics will provide you with an aftercare pack that includes a mild medicated shampoo or lotion designed to help the area heal as effectively as possible. Its is likely, however, that your surgeon or aftercare team will instruct you to not shampoo your beard for the first 24 hours. Once you are able to shampoo the area, the medicated shampoo provided should offer you some relief.
Do NOT Shave
You may be tempted to shave your itchy beard as a quick means of relief. Not only is this is the worst thing that you can do, (as it increases the risk of the treated area getting cut or worse infected), it is also pointless- it is not the beard that’s making you itch, it’s the scabbing and inflammation from the surgery that’s responsible. You should not begin shaving your beard for at least a month after the surgery has been performed.
The Itching WILL Subside
Nearly all men who undergo beard transplant surgery will experience at least some level of post-op beard itch. The good news is that this sensation rarely lasts for more than a week or so. It is very rare that post-op patients report itching that is severe or painful. That one week of mild itching or discomfort will be a followed by years of enjoying the full and lush beard that you’ve always wanted.