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Facial Hair Transplant (Beard Transplant) in Toronto

Starts at $4,999 to $11,999
Procedure Time
1-2 hours
Recovery Time
Up to 10-14 days
Thomas Bell, M.D
Physician and internationally recognized cosmetic plastic surgeon and lecturer.
66 Avenue Road, Suite 4 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8

How Much Does a Facial Hair Transplant Cost?

FUE facial hair transplant pricing varies depending upon the size, area and density requirements of the facial hair, beard and moustache to be treated but, typically ranges from $4,999 – $11,999.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Facial Hair Transplant?

Recovery from a facial hair transplant procedure is short and comes with little discomfort. Some redness and swelling may be apparent but this will fade after 2-3 days, but it can take up to 10-14 days for the transplant facial hair scabs to fall off.

How Long Does a Facial Hair Transplant Take?

Small segmental defects can take 1-2 hours, but for full moustache, sideburn and beard transplant up to 3,000 follicular unit extraction grafts will be needed. For a meticulous and artistic implantation technique, this can take between 8-10 hours to complete.

What is a Facial Hair Transplant?

A Facial Hair Transplant is the process of harvesting hair from the “preferred zone” at the back of your scalp and moving, or transplanting these hairs to your face to create, enlarge or densify your facial hair appearance.  At SpaMedica, the donor hairs are NOT harvested using a linear scar forming “strip graft” technique, but, rather, through a SpaMedica pioneered automated and robotic FUE procedure.

A full beard, mustache, sideburns, and rugged stubble are all facial hair options that every man should have the choice to create.  Full eyebrows are a common female desire. Genetics can sometimes get in the way of this, with some men suffering from thin and patchy facial hair, or no facial hair at all.

In the past, there was little one could do to reverse their lackluster facial hair, but with advancements in hair transplantation technology, it’s now possible.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant procedure where automated rotary punches are used to extract hair follicles from the scalp. These follicles are then transferred to the facial skin of the moustache, sideburns and beard. Once they have picked up a blood supply, they are permanent, ensuring a long-term facial hair solution.

Who is a Facial Hair Transplant Candidate?

The FUE facial hair transplant procedure is an ideal option for those with thin or patchy beard growth, thin sideburns, thin mustache or thin eyebrows.

As with any hair transplant, facial hair transplants require a sufficient amount of donor hairs. During your initial consultation, we will assess whether you have enough required hairs to match your goals and expected look.

Benefits of a Facial Hair Transplant

Short Recovery Period
After the procedure, you will notice some redness and minor swelling, but it will fade away the following days.

Permanent Facial Hair Solution
The procedure is a permanent solution for individuals suffering/lacking from facial hair.

Natural Appearance
When performed by an experienced hair restoration team, the facial hair results look completely natural.

More Attractive
Several studies confirm that males with facial hair are more attractive than their counterparts, indicating strength and confidence.

Facial Hair Transplant Risks

Like all procedures, a facial hair transplant comes with the risk of potential complications. Dr. Bell and the SpaMedica hair restoration team have been performing FUE facial hair transplants for many years and, because of this, the risk of a significant complication is extremely low. Although Dr. Bell has never seen a serious complication following a SpaMedica hair restoration, he has fixed many that have done their procedure in less regulated countries. Hair restoration risks listed below, are a few of the more commonly reported facial hair transplant complications.

If the patient takes proper care, the chances of developing an infection are extremely slim. SpaMedica hair restoration patients are given preventative antibiotics for several days following the procedure.

Slight swelling at the transplant area should subside after 48 hours, any longer and it could be a sign of infection.

Bleeding is also possible from both the donor and recipient area but this can be easily controlled.

Death of the Hair Grafts
At the best transplant centres, over 80-90% of the transplanted hairs will grow. Less experienced centres may have a much higher risk from poor harvest or implantation techniques.

Shock Hair
In patients with delicate hair, the transplant process itself and the micro-trauma of implanting the grafts can cause much of the surrounding, native, un-transplanted hair to go into shock and fall out, a process called Telogen Effluvium (TE). To minimize this risk, expert teams like SpaMedica, will deploy very delicate techniques and even use the injection of blood-derived growth factors to toughen up the scalp hair prior to treatment.

Why Choose SpaMedica for Facial Hair Transplant?

SpaMedica is a cosmetic surgery practice that specializes in facial hair transplants using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), the most advanced technique. Our long list of Toronto patients have been extremely pleased with the thick, natural and compelling nature of their facial hair transplant results.

Our expert team works hard to meticulously match donor site hair before precisely inserting the hair follicles at just the right angle and density to ensure the highest quality finish.

With Dr. Bell and SpaMedica, patients can expect a natural-looking mustache, sideburn and beard hair restoration with good density and excellent pattern design.  Our years of experience in Toronto hair transplantation ensures only the best facial hair results, every time.

Different Types of Facial Hair Transplant

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is another facial hair transplant technique. FUT involves removing a strip of hair-bearing skin from scalp, usually the back. The strip is then divided into tiny grafts of individual follicular units which are then inserted into the transplant area.

This technique is known to cause more pain and scarring and provide less-natural results. It is for this reason that SpaMedica chose to specialize in FUE facial hair transplant technique and DOES NOT offer strip graft surgery.

Non-Surgical Facial Hair Transplant Alternatives

Wigs, micropigmentation, scalp powders, low level light lasers and injection of growth factors are some alternatives to surgery in male pattern hair loss. There are no good alternatives to surgery for facial hair transplantation.

How is a Facial Hair Transplant Performed by Dr. Bell?

The procedure starts with a selection of FUE hair grafts from areas of the scalp where the diameter and appearance of the hair shafts best match those of the mustache, sideburn and/or beard. Between 250 and 3,000 single hair grafts could be needed depending on the size of the target area.

The harvesting sites are shaven to a short stubble before local anesthesia is inserted, rendering the entire scalp completely anesthetized with no feeling. Small rotatory and automated punches are guided along with the hair, harvesting follicular units and once collected are kept on ice.

The FUE single hair grafts are then expertly placed in the desired area to create natural-looking facial hair. A tiny needle creates the slits into which the hair grafts are placed.  Transplanted grafts then pick up a blood supply and begin producing hair.

During the implantation, patients sit in a semi-reclined position and are able to watch movies or listen to music.

How to Prepare for a Facial Hair Transplant

In the days and weeks leading up to your facial hair transplant procedure date, you will be asked to follow certain steps that will help you speed up the recovery process and lower the chance of any complications.

●  No smoking in the weeks leading up to and after the procedure date.

●  No medication that contains aspirin should be taken 10 days before.

●  No alcohol for 1 week before the procedure date.

●  No taking anti-inflammatory medications 3 days before the procedure.

What to Expect After a Facial Hair Transplant?

Patients are shown how to gently wash and care for their FUE transplant 1 week following the procedure. And to allow the follicles to settle in their new location, it is important to refrain from grooming and touching as much as possible.

Don’t be concerned when the new facial hair starts to fall out after 2-3 weeks. This is an expected and natural part of the process. It will start to regrow back (permanently) after 3 months and continue to grow for a lifetime.

Facial Hair Transplant Recovery & Timeline

Day 3: Your usual light, low impact activities can be resumed, and most people return to work.

Week 1: Any swelling will have subsided and the dry scabs on each shaft will have come off.

Week 2: The hair bulbs that do not shed their shaft start growing and contribute to the facial hair density.

Month 4-6: The bulb which shed the transplant hair shaft, however, do not fall out and retain their blood supply and survive and begin to grow hair at about 4-6 months.

Month 12: Mustache, sideburn and beard will now have complete and fully harmonized density.

Best Procedures Paired with Facial Hair Transplant

Blepharoplasty and double chin liposuction go well when paired with facial hair transplantation.

Facial Hair Transplant FAQ

How Painful is it to Get a Facial Hair Transplant?

Patients who undergo single hair FUE hair restoration to the mustache, sideburn and beard describe the procedure as very tolerable, as once the local anesthesia is injected there is NO pain. The injection of local anesthesia is rendered more comfortable by the use of topical numbing cream and nitrous oxide.

How Long Should I Wait to Shave After Getting a Transplant?

Patients are encouraged to wait around 4-6 weeks after the procedure before shaving facial hair. After this time, no damage will be done to the transplanted hair follicles.

If I have Facial Scars, Can I Get a Facial Hair Transplant?

Yes. In fact, having thick, full facial hair is a great way of camouflaging facial scars and acne marks.

How Quick Will My Beard Grow After a Transplant?

You will see noticeable growth within 3-6 months. After the surgery, the new hairs are visible, but will then shed. This is a normal part of the process. Once the shedding cycle is complete, the new hair will begin to grow. A beard transplant will provide you with thicker, fuller facial hair for a lifetime.

Does a Beard Transplant Leave Scars?

Unlike the unattractive and aesthetically displeasing linear scars associated with the old-fashioned strip graft technique, a FUE facial hair transplant leaves no scarring. The dry scab that covers the small 0.8 and 0.9 mm punch holes come off after approximately 7-10 days.

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