Half of a man’s head of hair will be gone prior to it becoming cosmetically visible. As many men throughout the country struggle with hair loss on top of their heads, many men also deal with thinning or non-existent beards.
To combat the lack of beard hair, many men are turning to facial hair transplants. According to WNDU, Dr. Ken Williams of the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery has seen a large number of people looking for more hair on their faces.
“We take that hair from the back of the occipital region of the scalp,” Dr. Williams said. “We take that hair, and we transplant it and individually insert it into the face where hair follicles are lacking.”
This process can take either a few hours or almost an entire day. The facial hair will then fall out within two to three weeks, but regrows within three months. Doctors find that it is as successful as a regular hair transplant.
Dr. Williams says that the procedure can work on anyone who is looking for a fuller beard. He says that many people change their beards for religious reasons, to cover scars, or for transgenders.
“It doesn’t matter what gender they are, which orientation they are, the color of their hair, the color of their skin,” he said. “This is something that can be done for anybody who wants facial hair.”
A man who goes by the name of Justin wanted a fuller beard. He said he with his current facial hair situation, there wasn’t a lot going on.
“I just wanted a more distinguished look,” Justin said. “I’ve always wanted to be able to grow like a full beard.”
Justin says he spent about $20 thousand on three procedures. Even though that was a lot of his money, he said that it was worth it in the end.
“It’s just fuller,” Justin said. “It’s just fuller, thicker, which is exactly what I was going for.”