Will the transplanted hairs look like normal facial hair, or would they look [and/or grow] like the hair from the scalp it would be transplanted from?
Question: Thank you for answering my question… at the same time I have some hair around my neck and facial cheek that I don’t need…can we harvest those hair follicles to the mustache/goatee area without scarring on my face?
So with about 700 grafts to my major scars, I can have a short hair without knowing I had a scar?
Answer: You’re welcome J. In general, scalp hair is the most reliable and an excellent match for beard restoration. If it is the incision that is of concern, then the grafts can be obtained by the FUE technique. However, if you strongly wish to use beard hairs, we can try them but often they are not of sufficient quality.
With your question about “without knowing I had a scar”- to which scar are you referring?
Posted by Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD, FACS
Question: How long is the procedure? I assume the procedure will involve extracting from the donor area, preparing the hair, and implanting into recipient area? Will the hair grow faster if it’s taken from the scalp? Thanks for the info so far and looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers.
Answer: The time of the procedure ranges between 3 and 6 hours or so, depending upon how many grafts are transplanted. Yes, that is typically how the procedure proceeds- requiring the dissection of the hairs under the microscope. Performing around 125 of these facial transplant procedures every year, yes, I do find that scalp hairs work the best, both in terms of quantity as well as quality/characteristics of the hair that essentially matches beard hair.