Beard implantation is carried out according to the same process as that used for hair transplantation with the aim of reconstructing or densifying a beard or correcting a scar alopecia of the beard or mustache.
What should be done before the intervention?
Wash the beard and hair with isobetadine soap before coming to the office. Do not consume coffee, alcoholic tea the day of the intervention. Come with comfortable clothes. It is not necessary to be on an empty stomach for the procedure.
How is the intervention taking place?
The intervention lasts in total, depending on the amount of grafts required, between 2h and 5h and is carried out under local anesthesia with pre-medication. The first step is to remove the hair from the back of the skull in the occipital area. Removal, like hair transplants, can be done in two different ways:
- FUT: A small strip was taken from the back of the skull. This strip measures between 2 and 10 cm. This area is then closed with a suture or staples. This strip is then divided into follicular units of 1 or 2 hairs. This technique is faster in the execution but has the disadvantage of leaving a visible scar on the back of the skull if one day you decide to shave
- FUE: Sampling of follicular units by follicular extraction. The follicles are removed one by one from the previously shaved occipital region. The advantage is the absence of a scar visible to the naked eye, but the disadvantage lies in the obligation to shave the back of the skull.
What treatment after the intervention?
- An antibiotic treatment during 3 days.
- Pain treatment if necessary for 3 days.
- An anti-swelling treatment during 3 days.
- Local care: physiological serum to be sprayed regularly on the beard for 2 days and then from the third day, wash the beard 2 x a day for 7 days to try to delicately peel off the crusts.
What are the operating suites?
No dressing is applied to the implanted beard, ideally the grafts should remain in the air.
- Swelling in the face may appear within 24 to 48 hours of the operation. It will take 2 to 4 days to disappear.
- In the 2 to 3 days following the operation, small crusts will form on the grafted area. These will take around 7-10 days to fall
- In the 2 to 3 months following the intervention, the implanted beard area may appear pink before completely whitening, this is due to the inflammation caused by the intervention.
- The regrowth of new beard hair will take place from the 3rd month following the operation.
- 12 months are necessary to judge the final result of the intervention.
Can there be complications following the intervention?
Beard implantation is an effective and safe technique with very few complications; However, like any surgery, there can sometimes be some.
Epidermal cysts and small skin abscesses represent the most frequent: they can appear on the grafted region or on the sampling area. They are often eliminated spontaneously and do not compromise the quality of the final result.
Sensitivity to the scalp or beard may also appear. This different sensitivity is due to the lesion of certain small cutaneous nerves during the procedure. This is temporary and resolves spontaneously in the months following the operation.
Micro-reliefs created by the scarring of the implants may persist for several months after the intervention. This is generally not visible to the naked eye, but can give a grainy effect to the touch and become more visible if you shave very closely.