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.
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