With the west embracing the beard, it has naturally started the trend of bushy well endowed beards, but not all of us can be genetically good beard people, so we have beard transplants for them. If you are looking into getting a beard transplant, then you might be currently looking into how much it will cost you.
Beard transplant costs can be based on various factors, the type of beard transplant that you want to undergo, the hospital that you choose, the surgeon, and a lot more, but you don’t have to sit and research every part as we have made it easier for you. Scroll down to have a look at all the things you need to consider while preparing a budget for your beard transplant; let’s have a look at them.
What is a Beard Transplant?
Before getting into the costs involved in beard transplant, it is essential to look at what exactly is beard transplant? What are the various steps? And check if you are a good candidate for a beard transplant. Let’s start first by understanding what exactly is a beard transplant.
Beard transplant is a cosmetic procedure in which hair follicles from a different part of the body are transplanted to the face to match the facial hair. The hair follicles are usually taken from the scalp on the back of your head and are transferred to your chin. A Beard transplant can be performed to enhance an existing beard or reconstruct a new one.
Who can Undergo a Beard Transplant?
You can go for a beard transplant if you –
- Are not able to grow hair on your chin by using natural methods
- You have a thin hair density in your jawline area, making your beard seem thin.
- You have a patch or uneven stubble.
- If you have lost your natural beard to causes like fire, injury, scars, etc. and it is not growing back
- If you have lost your hair due to medications for cancer, diabetes, etc.
- If you suffer from medical conditions like alopecia areata or traction alopecia which has led to hair loss
- If trauma caused due to the loss of a loved one, prolonged stress, or any other causes has affected the growth of your beard and triggered a facial hair loss.
- If you have patchy beards because the hair from your face was used for transplantation purposes in the past.
These are some of the reasons why people might go for a beard transplant. Your cause for undergoing a beard transplant can be out of this list, but before undergoing any beard transplant, it’s good to have a consultation with a doctor to understand what you need.
What is the Cost of a Beard Transplant?
Undergoing a beard transplant can set you back by anywhere between Rs 50,000 to Rs 4 lakh. But this is an approximate amount that will vary based on factors like-
The Location of Your Clinic
The clinic that you choose plays a significant part in deciding how much a beard transplant can cost. The clinic’s infrastructure- does it use the latest technology or still is working with redundant technology?. The clinic with the latest technology will charge you more as compared to its counterpart. Where is the clinic located? Clinics in rural areas though less in number may charge you less than clinics located in urban areas.
Another factor is if you choose a clinic located in areas where their concentration is high, then you can expect competitive pricing. Another factor will be to look at how established the clinic is as well-established brands may charge you 10- 15% extra as compared to a new name or lesser-known brand.
Type of Transplant
There are commonly two methods of performing a beard transplant in India and will play a part in deciding how much it will cost for you they are –
1. FUT Hair Transplant
Follicular unit transplantation, also known as strip procedure, is a hair transplant method in which patients’ hair is transplanted in naturally occurring groups called follicular units, consisting of 1- 4 hair follicles. It involves removing a strip of skin from the back of your head to help obtain the hair follicle grafts, which are then transferred to your jawline. This technique causes more scarring than its counterpart, the FUE. In FUT, the follicular units will also contain sebaceous glands, small muscles, nerves, and in some cases, fine vellus hairs too. The complete result of the procedure may take 6-9 months to become visible.
The cost of undergoing a FUT transplant largely depends on the number of grafts required. For 500 grafts, the cost can range from 12,000 to 18,000 rupees approximately.
2. FUE hair transplant
Follicular unit extraction is a beard transplant technique that involves harvesting single hair follicles from the donor site, which is usually the scalp on the back of your head to be transferred onto your jaw. It uses small punctures to transplant the hair from the donor site to the jaw and is minimally scarring when performed by an experienced surgeon. The results of the procedure can be seen 3-4 months after you undergo surgery, and upto 80% of the transplanted hair will grow back.
The cost of FEU, like its counterpart FUT, depends on the grafts required by you; the cost of undergoing an FEU for 500 grafts can cost you between 14,500 to 23,000 rupees approximately.
A graft refers to the strip of skin that is extracted from the donor site, which contains the hair follicles. On average, each person has two hair in one hair graft; this number may differ from person to person, with the number of hair ranging from 1- 4 in a single graft.
Based on the amount of transplantation required, your doctor will have to harvest the grafts. A single beard transplant surgery may require between 2000- 5000 hair grafts varying from person to person. The cost of one graft can range between 50- 150 rupees which varies from clinic to clinic.
During the procedure, you will be given a type of anesthesia based on what the doctor thinks will be the best for you. The cost of anesthesia can range between 500- 5000 rupees.
5. Surgeon Visitation
Before you undergo a beard transplant, you will first need to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Wherein he will understand what you require, check if you are fit to undergo a hair transplant surgery, perform an Alopecia Test to ascertain the number of grafts that will be required for the transplant and make you understand the procedures involved in the surgery and the risks you will have to keep in mind.
To visit the doctor, you will have to pay for his time; this can cost between 500- 1000 rupees for one consultation session.
The surgeon you entrust to perform your beard transplant will have a part in deciding how much you end up paying for it. A surgeon who has a lot of knowledge in beard transplant and has years of experience and popularity under his name will naturally charge you more than when you go for a plastic surgeon who is just starting out on his transplant journey.
When deciding on a surgeon, it is always recommended you go for a surgeon who is well experienced in beard transplant specifically; this is because hair transplant is different and more complicated than regular transplants. It requires the hair to be planted at a certain angle perfectly to replicate a natural beard growth. This surgery cannot be performed correctly by doctors who are not experienced in this type of surgery.
As your medical insurance does not cover this procedure and the money goes out of your pocket, you should invest in a good plastic surgeon with at least five years of experience in beard transplants. Before deciding, one also goes through his reviews and before and after photos to get a better idea of his craft.
Is a beard transplant surgery permanent?
Yes, once the hair transplant surgery has been performed, it is permanent, and the hair will continue growing as natural hair. You can expect up to 90% of the transplanted hair follicles to survive when performed by an experienced surgeon, but know that this number varies from person to person.
Can I shave after a beard transplant?
Yes, after a beard transplant, you can treat your transplanted beard how you would treat your regular beard. But you should not shave your beard right after the surgery; consult your doctor for the best time to resume shaving your beard. They will most likely recommend you start shaving after seven to ten days of undergoing surgery.
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Having a beard can equal confidence for many. After all, it has quickly risen to one of the factors that determine male charisma in today’s age. If you are looking into undergoing a beard transplant, after reading this article, you now know what exactly it is, the types available, and the factor that will affect the cost of undergoing one. With this, you will be able to gain a rough idea of approximately how much your beard transplantation procedure will cost.
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