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Do beard transplants work?

Published 26 September 2019

Yes, beard transplants work and can make a significant improvement to your appearance!

Beards became popular in 2014 and it looks like they are here to stay with many men choosing to opt for the beard. And it’s not just the Hipster making the beard popular. These days office managers, tradies, barbers, professional footballers, actors, musicians can all be seen sporting a beard.

In addition to beards being fashionable, there are cultural and other reasons supporting beard popularity. Beards are viewed as symbols of courage, strength, youth, virility and good health.

However, what happens if you have a bald or patchy beard and you are desire fuller, thicker facial hair? Fear not. Beard transplants can help improve missing patches, add thickness to make the beard fuller or simply help with styling options.


Beard transplantation can be performed by Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) depending on degree of donor hair available. Many prefer the FUE method, where hair follicles are taken from the back of your scalp one by one and relocated to the recipient area.

Your surgeon will advise on the best procedure for you and we encourage to do lots of reading before undertaking hair transplantation.


The procedure begins with full design consultation so you can achieve the look you want. The three main considerations are: the area requiring the hair or recipient area, the number of grafts that can be gained from the donor area and where is the best hair to suit the face.

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There are two main parts to the procedure: graft extracting and the implementation of grafts to the recipient area. Donor hair will be taken from the area between the ears on the back of the scalp and will be implanted one by one by our experienced doctors. Beard hair growing directions are taken into consideration during the procedure for a successful natural looking result.


Beard transplant recovery is generally problem-free with little or no pain. Your recovery timeline depends on the type of surgery used, with FUE offering faster recovery times.

In general, most people return to work within a week of the procedure to make sure any side effects have passed. After one week, the transplanted area will look very natural. Recovery of donor area is fast, and your existing hair will cover this.

You should be able to shave again a week to 10 days after the transplant. After six months you will see new hair growing through, however the end result can take 12 months.

Remember, at your personalised consultation, you can seek a more accurate estimate of your recovering timeline along with activities to avoid after your beard transplant.


Did you know that beard transplantation is a specialised area of hair transplantation? Unlike adding density or volume to thin or balding scalps, beard transplants are implanted on the face for everyone to see. So, it’s important that you select a surgeon and clinic with the best microscopic technology cell cultures or alternative storing solutions to ensure the new facial follicles have the highest chance of survival and best quality growth. Afterall, it’s your face! And your money!

Medihair Hair Transplant Clinics have over 80 years combined experienced in hair transplantation. Supported by our 2018 Award Winning FUE Surgeon, book your free confidential consultation on 1300 355 325 with Medihair and find out how your beard transplant can change your look and your life!


Bianca Shaw

A well-respected surgical stylist, Bianca Shaw has worked in the hair loss industry for 28 years, educating and supporting patients, and working alongside many of Australia’s leading surgeons. Qualified in Trichology and Hairdressing, Bianca was initially trained by a leading hair transplant surgeon and can perform a range of procedures including hair line design, placement of grafts for maximum density, and the dissection and implantation of hair follicles.

Having worked for leading hair loss companies, and managing a number of successful hair transplant practices, Bianca is committed to helping patients understand the treatment options available, ensuring they make the best decision and get the best results to improve their appearance and quality of life.