One of the burning questions men have about beard, goatee or side-burn hair restoration (other than simply, ‘does it look good?’) is of course, ‘Are there any beard transplant side-effects?’
When people think of being able to restore natural-looking facial hair with a simple procedure, they think ‘there must be some kind of catch!’ Like, ‘I’ll have a great beard but I’ll have to sacrifice the tip of my nose.’ ‘I’ll have a great beard but my voice will become high-pitched and girly.’ (Thank heavens that’s an impossibility!)
Well the key difference with today’s facial hair restoration surgery is that procedures no longer have the side-effects or the lengthy recovery time they used to. A full, natural-looking beard transplant can be skillfully performed in under 10 hours and has little or no side-effects beyond common-sense care and the clear guidelines outlined by your surgeon prior to surgery. As with any surgical procedure, there is of course a recovery period however most men are pleasantly surprised by how fast they can go from beard heart-ache to beard point break!
What are a beard transplant side-effects?
Side-effects, if patients carefully follow the after-care guidance given by their beard transplant specialist, are minimal. However, since a transplant is a surgical procedure, patients can expect some general tenderness, redness and low-level swelling to occur in the facial area during the period very soon after the beard transplant surgery (usually about 5 days). With care and patience this will naturally heal. You will be advised what kind of contact you can make with your new beard and when.
Another side-effect, which may cause alarm but which is a natural part of the process, is hair shedding. Yes, it may seem absurd and not to mention unfortunate to have hair loss following the procedure, however this shedding side-effect is to be expected with many patients, is a temporary beard transplant side-effect, and the hair will grow back as advised by your surgeon in around the three month time-frame.
Unexpected side-effects of a beard transplant
If you are experiencing other side-effects or physical reactions you are concerned about, this may be a reaction to having the surgery itself. Those who experience vomiting or heavy fatigue after the surgery should contact their surgeon or GP straight away for guidance however in most cases side-effects such as these are not present.
Other side-effects to come might be raised self-confidence, easier beard care, a groomed look and subtle admiration from women and men alike…
How does the beard transplant work?
The principles are the same as a specialist hair transplant to your scalp. There are typically two types of beard transplant. FUE beard transplant works by directly extracting the donor follicles from the head, using a tiny semi-circular incision which allows the individual follicle to be pulled directly from the head. This is then grafted directly onto the beard area.
With an FUT beard transplant, the procedure uses cutting edge technology which involves harvesting the hair follicles and then working microscopically to create hundreds of tiny, natural-looking grafts ready to be implanted.
In both FUE and FUT the scarring to the donor area is kept to an absolute minimum, allowing hair to grow through the scar tissue and ensuring there will be no hair loss in this area. The number of grafts can range from a few hundred to a few thousand. To provide a natural appearance, the hairs are transplanted as individual (and sometimes two hair) grafts. Great care is taken to assure natural growth and appearance including the careful placement of the grafts at the exact angle and direction of typical growth. Once placed, the microscopically dissected grafts of a beard transplant are permanent.
What is the beard transplant recovery period?
The procedure is essentially painless as is the recovery period. For the first 5 days after the procedure, care is needed to keep the transplanted area absolutely dry. By the second day you can resume non strenuous activities. The transplanted hairs will fall out after about 2 weeks and then start to re-grow some three months later where they will continue to grow for a lifetime. A beard transplant can conceal scarring (such as acne) or trauma (such as scars, burns or accident).
Will I be able to shave and style my beard as normal after the beard transplant?
After a beard procedure, you will be able to shave and style your facial hair however you wish. To provide a natural appearance, the hairs are transplanted as individual (and sometimes two hair) grafts. Great care is taken to assure natural growth and appearance including the careful placement of the grafts at the exact angle and direction of typical growth. Once placed, the microscopically dissected grafts of a beard transplant are permanent.
The Wimpole Clinic provides expert advice to our male and transgender clients on beard transplant options, beard transplant side-effects and facial hair restoration. Get in touch with us now to book a free, no-obligation beard assessment or to find answers to any queries about transplant procedures.