As beards gain more and more social acceptance throughout our society, many men are finding that growing facial hair or a full out beard is something that they would like to experiment with. Whether you work a construction job or in a high-rise office in downtown Manhattan, beards are not only acceptable, but seen as a symbol of masculinity, strength, and even determination.
Growing a beard has long been considered an important masculine attribute. According to an article written by Barnaby Dixson and Paul Vasey for the academic journal “Behavioral Ecology”, the famed evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin posited that beards evolved in our human ancestors through female choice in a highly competitive environment. Today, that “competitiveness” has only increased.
But what about those men who simply cannot grow beards due to genetic factors? Are they simply relegated to the bottom of the evolutionary pool? Today, due to advances in medical technology, it is possible to receive a beard transplant so that even the most baby-faced men can don a full out beard. Below we explain all you need to know about this new technology.
What is a Beard Transplant?
For men who face premature balding, surgeons for a long time have been taking hair from men’s beards to transplant it to the areas of the scalp to help reverse balding. Since men who can grow beards very rarely will lose their facial hair, this procedure has helped thousands of men grow a full head of hair.
More recently, surgeons have been reversing this procedure for men who want to grow facial hair but don’t have the genes to do so. Essentially, a surgeon takes hair from the back of your scalp and transplants it onto your face where you are having trouble growing a beard. A couple of years ago this technology was not possible because surgeons were only able
to gather “groups” of 15 or more hair follicles which, if transplanted to your face, would have left you with a beard of separated clumps.
Today, however, surgeons can “harvest” individual hair follicles from the back of your scalp where hair grows thickest. This individual follicle transplant allows for a more thorough, thick, and natural looking beard to grow.
According to a recent article in the New York Times on the increasing popularity of beard transplants, the frequency of beard transplants grew from 1.5% of all hair restoration procedures in 2012 to just under 4% in 2014. While these procedures are costly, they are a one-time investment that will leave you with the ability to grow a full beard for the rest of your life.
Who Should Consider a Beard Transplant?
The importance of male grooming has been growing in recent years. Whereas men used to only be expected to show up to work with a simple combover and a cheap suit, society today anticipates that men will put more time and consideration into the image that they project. Growing facial hair, then, is an essential part of masculine style.
In that sense, any man who can’t grow a full face of hair to experiment with different facial hair styles might very well consider a beard transplant. That having been said, it is also important to consider the color of your hair. If, for example, you can grow a small amount of facial hair around your chin area but not up the side of your cheeks, then you need to carefully look at the color of the hair on your head and the facial hair you can grow.
If there is a significant color discrepancy between your facial hair and the hair on your head, a beard transplant using the hair from your head will leave you with two distinct tones of facial hair. While some men may not mind small discrepancies, if your chin hair is a reddish tint and your hair is a dark brown, a beard transplant might not be for you.
If, however, you have similar colored and textured hair on both your face and your head, or if you have no hair at all on your face, then a beard transplant would work well for you.
The New Image That Comes with a Beard Transplant
Whether you want to try to grow a beard to attract someone who has not been showing interest in you, or whether you are a survival prepper who wants to toughen up his image, beard transplants are great option worth considering.
This article was provided by Aron James, the founder of StubblePatrol.com. Stubble Patrol is a site on male grooming. He loves to write about his personal experiences.