a man having a facial hair transplant

Can You Transplant Facial Hair?

There are several reasons why a man experiences sparse facial hair or no beard at all, and the different causes vary in severity from man to man.

A facial hair transplant is an effective method of restoring hairs to your beard, moustache, sideburns and eyebrows. This treatment method effectively fills bald patches within your beard to increase the overall density. Thus providing an ideal treatment for facial hair loss.


  1. What Causes Beard Hair Loss?
  2. What Is a Facial Hair Transplant?
  3. How Much Does a Facial Hair Transplant Cost?
  4. Conclusion

What Causes Beard Hair Loss?

Hair loss in your beard can appear as circular bald spots or as a sparse patchy beard which leaves many men seeking ways to thicken their facial hair. Here we analyse the causes of beard hair loss and which types can be treated with a facial hair transplant.

1. Genetic causes

Genetics contribute greatly towards beard growth, for example, if your father and grandfathers have thick beards then it’s likely that you will grow a naturally dense beard too. On the other hand, if they have sparse, patchy beards then you will probably have the same level of growth. In this instance, a facial hair transplant is highly effective at increasing beard hair growth.

2. Hormonal imbalance

Hormones also contibute to why some men have a patchy, thin beard. In the same way that testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) cause hair shrinkage in Androgenic Alopecia, these hormones also affect beard hair.

3. Diet

Eating a healthy diet filled with beneficial nutrients is better for ensuring proper cell function compared to a diet that lacks these nutrients (e.g. too much junk food). Thus, a poor diet or a medical condition that prevents you from absorbing sufficient nutrients can cause a thin, patchy beard.

4. Alopecia Barbae

This baldness issue is a special type of alopecia areata in which your own immune system cells attack the hair cells. Specifically hair follicles in the beard area. Alopecia Barbae is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss in round patches, resulting in sporadic bald spots in the beard. Because of this, it cannot be treated with a facial hair transplant.

5. Age

When a man goes through puberty their testosterone levels increase which stimulates secondary hair growth ie. facial hair, pubic hair etc. Therefore, if you are still in your early 20’s without a beard, then there is still a chance that your beard will naturally grow. 

On the other hand, if you are progressing through your mid-to-late 20s and there’s still no beard growth then you should seek advice. Look into whether you have an underlying medical condition or whether your testosterone levels are causing slow beard growth

 What Is a Facial Hair Transplant?

As the name suggests, it is simply a hair transplant for facial hair. A facial hair transplant entails the extraction of hair from the back of your head which is implanted into your beard. With advice from hair transplant surgeons, you get to design how you want your beard to look ie. the thickness and shape.

This beard restoration procedure is minimally invasive, causes little pain and the recovery time is relatively short. The process in turkey only takes 3 days; the first day is your arrival, then the treatment day, and thirdly your follow-up appointment and journey home. 

Does a beard transplant look natural?

Beard hair transplants are a permanent treatment to fix a patchy beard. Hairs from the back of your head are extracted and transplanted to the beard area. This fills in the gaps and achieves a higher hair density, making this the perfect patchy beard solution.

Take a look at pictures before and after a facial hair transplant.

Each individual hair graft is inserted into the beard in the correct direction of growth. In general, the direction of growth for beard hair is downwards however in the moustache and goatee areas the growth is slightly horizontal. 

When beard implants are inserted by a professional and experienced surgeon then the transplanted hairs grow out into a natural-looking beard. These hairs are extracted from the back of the head which aren’t affected by hormones. Thus, creating natural results that last forever

 How many grafts do you need for a full beard?

The number of hair grafts needed for a facial hair transplant changes from person to person. For instance, if you just want to thicken your beard, you won’t need as many hair grafts compared to if you don’t have any facial hair at all. So you need to get a hair analysis from a professional.  

 How Much Does a Facial Hair Transplant Cost?

The cost of a facial hair transplant varies depending on how many hair grafts you need to achieve your desired outcome. Thus the price is calculated based on your individual needs. 


A facial hair transplant creates a full beard or fills in bald spots where more hair is desired. Which is the ideal solution for men who want to increase their facial hair. However, it isn’t suitable for all medical conditions including autoimmune diseases. This is because your body will continue to attack your hair follicles even if they have moved location.

Other causes, including hormones and genetics, are treatable with facial hair restoration.

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