What is the Facial Hair Transplantation?
Facial hair transplantation is a procedure that is very similar to the regular hair transplantation. Hair follicules are collected from the back side of patients sculp as the hair in this area is the most similar to the facial hair, and then the collected follicules are transplanted to the receiving area. This procedure can be applied to any area in the face and it doesn't require the area to have had beard before therefore can even be used to conceal scars.
Amount of the required follicules depends on the size of the receiving area, as it can be 350-500 follicules for the moustache while 600-900 for a full goatee.
Facial Hair Transplantation is usually performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedative but can also be performed under twilight intravenous sedation if desired. Duration of the operation varies between 3 to 8 hours and it's an easy operation for patients to undergo and it's a painless out patient basis procedure.
The Healing Process
Patients are adviced to keep the receiving area dry for the first 5 days. Tiny crusts arounds each follicule will typically fall around 4-6 days and the transplanted hair will also fall of 1-2 weeks later, just to start growing back around the third month and will keep growing for a lifetime.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.