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Almost 50% of males find it difficult to grow a full, healthy beard or sideburns with even growth and no patchy areas.

One answer to this problem can be beard transplant surgery, a simple solution that alleviates bald patches, creating a full healthy beard or even a well-shaped goatee.

There are a number of reasons that it may be considered advantageous to grow a beard; but transplanting facial hair makes it possible to grow and maintain sideburns, a beard or even a mustache, giving a very masculine appearance.

Thanks to science, and a healthy pinch of vanity, you can now gerrymander the hairs on your head, resulting in a fuller beard Opens a New Window. —with little visible difference made to the scalp itself. Yes, beard transplants have existed for a while now, but they’re more effective than ever.

The first thing to know is that the transplanted hairs come from your scalp, primarily the back where the hair is thickest and most resembles that of the beard Opens a New Window.

Beard restoration surgery at Este Turca can completely alter the appearance of your face, giving it a more contoured line and a fuller, more neatly shaved look.

1. How beard transplants work?

Extracting and replanting 2,000 hairs one at a time is a lengthy procedure. But it’s not as long as you might assume: A beard transplant can be completed in one eight-hour day. For this, Epstein and other doctors give their patients an oral sedation, as well as local anesthesia around the head.

Hairs are then removed one at a time with the FUE technique, short for follicular unit transfer. Previously, doctors would remove a strip of skin with hair follicles, which left a prominent scar across the back of the scalp. FUE, on the other hand, is undetectable to the naked eye. Then, the doctor makes tiny incisions in the beard area that determine the direction, density, and angulation the hair will grow. The doctor’s deftness in this part will determine how natural your beard looks once it’s grown out.

2. What to expect post-surgery?

You should expect these transplanted hairs to fall out after two or three weeks, but that’s a good thing: They then grow back permanently, but not until after three or four months. (So there’s a gestation period.) This happens because the body experiences mild shock from the relocation, but the hair’s papilla remains in its new home and will undoubtedly regrow after the hair regenerates.

3. When the beard hairs grow?

The latest procedures are fairly convincing. Guys with patchy beards can go from a three to an eight. That means you probably won’t get total coverage—but then again, guys with eights seem quite content with their beard density.

4. Who makes a good beard transplant candidate?

Just about any guy can get a beard transplant, assuming he has the $5-$11K to shell out for it. As long as guys have the right donor hairs on the scalp, they’re good candidates. If you’re a candidate for male-pattern baldness later in life, you’re going to have 2,000 fewer hairs to help cover your cranium once the hair begins to thin. The good news? Those hairs won’t fall out of your cheeks—the transplants are permanent.