While most people think of hair transplants as a way to treat hair loss on the scalp, you can also get hair transplants to replace missing facial hair. You may not have facial hair in certain areas due to genetics or scarring. After you get facial hair transplants, however, you can shape and shave your facial hair just as you did before your surgery.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Speak with your primary care physician about facial hair transplants. She may know of hair transplant specialists who have experience in this area. As with traditional hair transplants, it's important to work with an experienced surgeon who can provide you with a natural-looking appearance.
Schedule an initial consultation with a hair loss specialist. You can discuss the extent of facial hair transplants that you need to get. You can also see the quality of work the doctor has performed by looking at photographs of past patients.
Plan your budget carefully. Facial hair transplants are often priced based on the number of transplants performed, ranging from a few hundred to thousands of transplants. Financing plans are available that can let you make affordable monthly payments and get your hair transplants when you are ready.
Schedule time off from work for the surgery and your recovery. Your facial hair transplant surgery can be completed within a few hours. In the days following your surgery, crusts may form over the transplanted hairs, giving way to skin that is pinker than normal. Your skin will return to its normal shade in a few days.
Set reasonable expectations for the rate of hair growth. The hairs that were transplanted initially may fall out within a few days, but the follicles remain. They will start to grow new hairs that will be visible within a couple of months.
Tips and warnings
- In addition to your primary care physician's advice, you can also browse online support groups and forums. Past patients may share their experiences and the results of their surgeries, helping you make a more informed decision.
- Be sure to discuss the risks of facial hair transplants with your doctor. There is a chance that small white bumps will form around the transplanted hairs, depending on where you want the transplants placed.
- The hair that is taken from the donor area and used for facial hair transplants will be unavailable for traditional hair transplants. If you suffer hair loss, there will be less donor hair available for subsequent transplants.