By Dr Vinod Sonawane, MD- Hair Transplant Surgeon, PG Diploma in Trichology & Managing Director at Bloom Hair Transplant
Facial hair among men has recently gained popularity in mainstream fashion. With sports and entertainment celebrities sporting the beard, the facial fuzz has become the new swag quotient of the metrosexual man. While the plangent voice with a chiselled body and bushy beard had always been observed as signs of masculinity, social dominance, age and attractiveness, it’s only recently that the metrosexual man has re-discovered the charisma of the fuzz! This has led to the aspirational value of the beard, especially among those who are not sufficiently blessed with the generous crop of facial hair. Enter the new trend in male grooming – The facial hair transplant surgery. With a promise for a natural looking beard, an increasing number of men areturning to this to enhance or restore their facial hair.
What are the reasons men go for the transplant:
Beard transplants are a boon to those who are suffering from age, hormone or stress-related issues, impacting their hair growth. In a society where we have the complex perspective of attractiveness towards men with a full beard, with both Indian (Ranveer Singh) and International stars(Nick Jonas), Sports celebrities (Virat Kohli and David Beckham) and Royals and politicians (Prince Harry and Narendra Modi) have kept high standards of masculine charisma. Decoding some of the reasons why facial hair transplant is popular and here to stay for the tall, dark handsome half of the population:
- Rebuilding self-imageafter an accident or damage, for e.g.post burns, acne, scars in an accident etc.
- Genetic problems that runin families. If there is a history of some close family member having the condition, it is likely for other members to develop the condition of baldness in the beard
- Depression, anxiety, extreme stress and hormonal issues cause bald patches and that leads to hair loss or scanty growth, leading to beard transplant as a lucrativeoption
How the transplant is done:
Beard hair transplant, like the other transplants, is a meticulous surgical procedure handled only by professional surgeons. One needs to understand the need and the expectation of the patient and then do the grafting to create a natural looking pattern which fits face proportion, thus enhancing the personality. The beard transplant is done mostly by the FollicularUnit Extraction(FUE) technique, where a small group of hair is extracted one by one from a donor site. For the transplant, hair is typically taken from the side or back of the head where it grows finer and is less prone to balding. Transplanted facial hair falls out after roughly 2 weeks, but regrows around 3 months later and can then be treated as natural facial hair.
Beard hair transplant is a fast-catchingtrend in India and can be done by men above 21 years of age, without any medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney stones or heart-relateddiseases.Also,post-transplant, the process of growing natural hair demands a lot of patience as it is a gradual process. Proper nourishment and exercise can also bolster the growth.With the perfect consultation and guidance by an expertdoctor, the process can lead to rewarding, lifelong experience