Facial Hair Transplantation
Using the patient’s guidelines, the areas to be transplanted are marked out using a surgical marking pen. The markings are checked for symmetry between the two sides. Measurements are used to help ensure symmetry.
With beard restoration, most patients opt for the FUE technique in order to avoid a linear scar. FUE has largely replaced the traditional “strip” donor extractions for beard transplantation. Regardless of the donor technique used, patients are made aware of the potential limitations of the donor hair quantity and therefore “size” and density of the beard which can be achieved through solely one procedure.
The goal in eyebrow restoration is to restore the desired shape and density, and natural direction and angle of growth of eyebrow hair.
Patients are told to keep the face dry for the first 5 days after the procedure. Topical antibiotic ointment is applied to the donor area whether a strip or FUE technique was used. Patients are then to wet the face after 5 days with soap and water, starting to remove the dried blood and crusts. Shaving is permitted after 10 days. Hair regrowth usually starts around four to six months. The transplanted hair can be treated as any other facial hair and allowed to grow out or shaved.
For eyebrow restoration, if “strip” harvesting was performed, sutures are removed around 10 days post-operatively or the dissolvable sutures are expected to be gone by four weeks. Antibiotics and pain medications are given for the first several days. Eyebrows will start to regrow around 4 to 6 months after transplant.