10 Things You Should Know if You’re Considering a Beard Transplant

Patchy-bearded men of the world rejoice! Beard transplants are here. Citing the “hipster beard craze”, recent reports say the procedure has increased six-fold in the past five years. Whether you're considering a beard transplant or are scratching your chin for more information on the trend, here’s what you need to know:

1. The procedure can cost upwards of $7,000.

For beard-challenged trustafarians, this is peanuts when compared to the satisfaction that comes from a full and lustrous beard. For anyone on a budget, this price tag is outrageous, especially when compared to practical procedures like LASIK eye surgery, which now runs less than $1,000.

2. You can get the beard you always wanted…

Just like a haircut, you’re better off bringing a photograph, because you can dictate how you want your new beard to look. Tell the doctor to give you “the Howie Mandel" and you'll walk out with a camera-ready soul patch. Talk about “designer stubble.”

3. …But you’ll have to sacrifice some hair up top.

In this case, your new beard is made from hair that comes from the back of your scalp. This hair most closely resembles the hair grown around the chin. Or rather, the hair you wish grew around the chin.

4. The transplanted hairs fall out after two weeks.

But don’t worry—they promptly grow back three months later. Just put your faith in science.

5. You’ll probably have to take a sick day.

The procedure takes between two and five hours, but rarely requires a second round.

6. Beard transplants aren’t just for the goatee zone.

You can also get eyebrow and sideburn transplants! We hereby coin the term "hair tattoo," describing a patch of hair strategically installed anywhere on the body. Used in a sentence: "I'm thinking of getting a hair tattoo of the Brooklyn skyline across my shoulders."

7. It actually works.

This guy had a single procedure with 2,300 grafts. Eight months later, he's sporting a relatively full beard.

8. The Brits are especially excited about beard transplants.

In 2012, 4,500 men in the UK got facial hair transplants, 13% more than in 2011. No word on what percentage of these patients lives in hipster-heavy East London.

9. The results can boost your confidence.

One patient says the transplant helped cover scars on his chin, and made it easier for him to approach women.

10. Sadly, you cannot be a beard donor.

Well, maybe you could, but it sure would be tough to find a perfect hair match, right? Imagine the money Johnny Damon could make every few months.

That’s what we know so far. For the time being, we’re still focused on making the most of the facial hair we already have. What about you?

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