Facial Hair Transplant and Beard Restoration

Facial hair transplant surgery can redefine your appearance and help you regain your confidence. Many patients are surprised to learn that hair transplant surgery may be performed to restore and even create beards, sideburns, mustaches, and goatees. Whether you’re seeing patchy hair loss in your beard or looking to connect your “stache” with your beard, there are hair restoration solutions for you.
  • Facial hair loss, or beard hair loss can occur due to various factors including:
    Genetics: Your family history plays a significant role in determining the thickness and distribution of facial hair. Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to sparse or patchy beard growth while others may be natural born lumberjacks and have more facial hair than they know how to handle or style.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: hormonal fluctuations, such as those experienced during puberty, can impact the development of facial hair or lead to reduced beard growth.
After Facial Hair Transplant Surgery | Ziering Medical | West Hollywood CA, Newport Beach CA, New York NY, Greenwich CT, Las Vegas NV AFTER
before Facial Hair Transplant Surgery | Ziering Medical | West Hollywood CA, Newport Beach CA, New York NY, Greenwich CT, Las Vegas NV BEFORE
  • Scarring: Trauma, burns or skin conditions like alopecia areata can cause hair loss or scarring in the beard area, resulting in permanent hair loss. Cleft palate reconstructive surgeries, which are performed to correct congenital defects of a split or opening in the roof of the mouth and sometimes the upper lip, often leave a scar from the base of the nose to the top of the lip. Because hair can be successfully transplanted through scars, it is commonly used for disguising scars from cleft palate surgeries, burns, and other traumatized or scarred areas of the face.
  • Medical Treatments: Certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, can cause temporary or permanent hair loss, including eyebrow hair and beard hair. Ocular cancer treated with radiation most likely will cause eyebrow hair loss which may be replaced and restored with eyebrow transplantation. Identifying the underlying cause of facial hair loss is crucial for determining the most appropriate treatment plan.
The Facial Hair Transplant Procedure

Facial hair transplant surgery is a specialized procedure designed to restore or enhance facial hair where it is sparse or absent. The procedure follows the same process and steps as hairline and bald spot hair restoration surgeries, in that the donor hair is harvested from the safe donor zone on the back and sides of the head. The difference is that the harvested hair is transplanted into the desired areas of the face like the cheeks, chin, and brows.
Here are the steps of the facial hair restoration:

  • Facial Hair Consultation: Everything starts with the consultation! During the initial consultation, the surgeon assesses the patient’s medical history, the amount of facial hair loss along with the characteristics of the donor hair, and how much is available to safely harvest for the facial hair transplant procedure. The surgeon will also discuss your aesthetic goals and determine your candidacy for a beard hair transplant, mustache hair transplant, sideburn hair restoration, or eyebrow hair transplant. Connecting your mustache hair with goatee hair to establish a more complete beard look, is another popular hair transplant procedure.
Immediate Post-Op
  • Donor Hair Harvesting: Hair follicles are harvested from the donor site from the back of the scalp where hair is abundant and genetically resistant to DHT the hormone that causes hair to miniaturize and ultimately stop growing. Donor hair may be harvested using either Follicular Unit Excision and Extraction (FUE) or strip harvesting with Microscopically Dissected Elliptical Excision (MDEE).
  • Recipient Site Preparation: The hair surgeon creates tiny incisions at the proper angle, direction, and orientation in the recipient area of the beard, mustache, or brows. The incisions are artistically placed to mimic the natural direction and angle of normal beard hair growth or facial hair growth.
  • Placement of the Hair Grafts: The harvested hair follicles are gently and meticulously placed into those recipient sites, matching the angle, direction, and orientation of the incision, ensuring the proper management of the precious donor hair as well as a natural-looking facial hair transplant result.
  • Post Operative Care: Patients are provided with instructions for post-operative care of their donor zone and the newly transplanted hairs and area with post-op visits scheduled at 6, 9, 12, and 18 months to monitor progress.
The Benefits of a Beard Hair Transplant and Facial Hair Restoration Procedures

Beard hair transplant and mustache hair transplant surgery offer numerous benefits for men seeking to enhance their facial appearance or those transitioning to FTM who desire a more masculine appearance. Other benefits include:

  • Natural-Looking Results: beard hair transplant surgery utilizes the patient’s own hair follicles to create a natural, seamless integration with existing facial hair.
  • Camouflages Scars: hair transplant surgery can successfully camouflage scars from cleft palate surgery, other cosmetic surgery procedures, and even burns..
  • Customized Treatment: All facial hair transplant procedures are tailored to address specific areas of patchiness or thinning. Our Ziering Surgeons take time to design your facial hair restoration to bring balance and symmetry to your facial features and enhance your masculine appearance.
  • Permanent Solution: Unlike temporary solutions such as topical medications, beard transplant surgery provides a long-lasting solution for hair loss. It may also be combined with hairline restoration procedures if there is sufficient donor hair available. Your transplanted beard can be groomed and styled just like your existing facial hair, too!
  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: A fuller and more defined beard can lift one’s sense of self and personal confidence, empowering individuals to feel more masculine and attractive

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Using minoxidil may help stimulate beard hair regrowth, as well as bimatoprost. Keep in mind that consistency is key to maintaining hair growth, and these are temporary solutions. 
Beard oils and some balms can soften the beard hair, making it more manageable, but it will not magically grow new hair.
A healthy hair diet includes lots of lean proteins, and leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collards, plus nuts, fresh berries, legumes, and avocados. This type of diet is good for keeping your scalp and facial hair healthy. Quality supplements can help thicken your existing hair. But a good diet alone will not regrow lost hair
Hair dye does not cause hair loss. However, if it is too strong or has harsh chemicals, it can damage your skin and hair.
The need for multiple sessions depends on the extent of your hair loss and your desired outcome. A consultation will help determine your specific needs.
This really depends on the desired area for hair transplantation and the amount of existing hair or the amount of hair loss. In general, a mustache hair transplantation requires up to 500 hair grafts, chin hair restoration typically needs 500+ hair grafts with cheeks usually demanding 1000+ grafts for each side of your cheek.
Beard combs and brushes are great and are recommended for managing and grooming your beard. Beard oils can help tame unruly beard hair and may be used with combs and brushes designed just for beard hair. Use gentle shampoos that do not have parabens or sulfates in them.


Are you ready for a patchy-free beard?

Are you ready for a patchy-free beard? If you are considering beard or facial hair transplant surgery, consult with a qualified, board-certified hair doctor to discuss your best treatment options and take that next step to a revitalized and more confident you.