Loss of facial hair may occur for several reasons. It can be the result of genetics, laser hair removal, electrolysis, surgery, burns or injury. Just as with a hair transplant to the head, the donor hairs for a facial hair transplant come from the back or sides of the scalp. Just as with a hair transplant to the head, the donor hairs for a facial hair transplant come from the back or sides of the scalp. The number of grafts required can vary but averages are as follows: 350-500 grafts for the mustache, 600-700 grafts for a full goatee, 200-250 grafts for each sideburn, and 300-700 grafts for a cheek beard. While not very common, some patients may require a second procedure to transplant additional grafts if they desire a very thick density.
Once transplanted, the hairs are permanent and typically grow just like facial hair with similar texture and other characteristics. Furthermore, the transplanted hair can be shaved just as you would other facial hair.
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedative, depending on the patient’s choice. Lasting 2 to 5 hours, it is essentially painless, as is the recovery period. For the first 5 days after the procedure, tiny crusts are around each transplanted hair, and the transplanted area must be kept absolutely dry.