Beard and moustache transplant is a refined hair grafting procedure.
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The hair used comes from the scalp as this hair resembles the original beard hair the most. It is indeed hard to find body hair that is as thick as beard or moustache hair. The latter has an interesting property: it always grows individually, which means that the hair follicle also contains only one hair. Head hair, however, grows in small groups of two to three hairs in 95% of all cases.

For this kind of transplant, only one or two hairs need to be implanted at a time, and tangential incisions are made.

The classic technique involves removing a strip of hair at the back of the scalp ( FUT). Under the microscope, hairs are isolated one by one, meaning follicles are divided in two or three parts. The placement then takes place in tiny incisions of approximately 0.7 to 0.8 mm.

It is important to distinguish the scars in the recipient zone from those in the donor zone. If the intervention is performed correctly with clean and tiny incisions, and if the grafts, from which the skin at the hair base was removed, are carefully placed, then there will be no scar. It will then be almost impossible to distinguish the grafts from the original hair.

The scar in the donor area will be linear, approximately 1 mm wide and completely invisible as it will be covered by hair. Only if the donor zone is completely shaved off, the scar might become visible.

In theory FUE can be used for this type of hair transplant. Its only use however would be to avoid the linear scar in the donor zone. There are actually some disadvantages. First of all, the surface of the donor zone must be shaved clean to extract the follicles. The hair transplant will thus be visible for a number of weeks. Second of all, the extracted follicles need at any rate to be re-cut under the microscope to isolate the hairs one by one. Third of all, the number of extracted hairs will be limited to 1,000 a day while the classic technique can obtain between 2,000 and 2,500 grafts per day (FUT).

If you wish, you can contact Dr Devroye or fill in our online diagnostic.