By Dr. Raghuvir Mathur, Aesthetic Medicine
Beards and mustaches are a big fashion statement these days. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Shahid Kapoor so on and so forth sporting beard and mustache, one thing is for sure that these symbols of machismo are here to stay.
Due to varying reasons like trauma, burn, or genetics, some people have scanty hair growth on their beard, mustache, eyebrows or sideburns. Some people have patches of hair loss while others absolutely lack the density of hair. Facial hair transplantation offered at Berkowitz can address this problem. This method can also be used to camouflage acne or trauma scars.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is employed as it is outstanding in restoring facial hair. Hair grafts are taken from the scalp through strip FUT or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method under local anesthesia. The facial hair transplant procedure takes 2 to 6 hours depending upon the facial area and the density of hair required in that area. The facial hair transplant procedure is painless and leaves minimally visible scars. By the next day of the procedure, patients can resume their non-strenuous physical activities but the facial area might look a bit flushed. For a week or so after the procedure, tiny scabs are seen around every transplanted hair. In less than 3 months, the hair that falls out after 2 weeks of facial hair transplant, begins to regrow and will now continue to grow like one’s natural hair all through their lifetime.
The number of hair grafts required varies from person to person, but for a full beard 350 to 700 hair grafts, 300 to 500 for mustache and for sideburn around 250 grafts.