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Have You Heard of Beard Transplant?

Hirsute Hipsters Drive 72% Growth In Beard Transplants

  • More than a quarter (27%) of those having beard implants are doing so to keep up with trends

  • Eyebrow transplant requests up 89%, pubic hair transplant requests increase by a fifth (21%)

  • Male hair transplant tourism up 169% in one year, as men look to go abroad for cheaper procedures


Monday 14 April 2014 – Nearly three quarters (72%) of surgeons have reported an increase in enquiries for beard transplants in the past year, as facial hair has become all the rage amongst young men, according to our recent survey. Clinics revealed that more than a quarter (27%) of their beard transplant patients are following the latest trend for thicker, bushier beards.

When we polled hair transplant surgeons across 40 countries we found that although traditional hair transplants remain the most popular request by men, 95% of clinics confirmed that they had seen an increase in the number of requests for transplants on other areas of the body [1]. Some of the most popular requests outside of traditional hair transplants were for beards, eyebrows, pubic region, eyelashes and chest.

According to those polled, patchy or uneven beard growth is a common problem amongst men, and almost a third (31%) of patients requesting a beard transplant are looking for fuller coverage. More than a quarter of requests (26%) for beard transplants are to cover scaring.

Follicular unit extraction (FUE), sometimes called FUE Harvesting, takes individual hair clusters (of between one and four hairs) and replants them one by one, which although time-consuming, gives great results and little chance of scarring.

Although the popularity of beard transplants is growing, the procedure is not cheap. A typical transplant can cost several thousand pounds and sometimes more for the most complex procedures.

Not surprisingly given the hefty price tags here, many people looking to have beard transplants are opting to have the procedure carried out overseas. Cheaper air fares and highly competitive prices by foreign clinics have seen overseas enquiries for male hair transplants alone up 169% in the past 12 months.

Of all the patients searching for hair transplants through WhatClinic.com, more than three quarters (77%) contacted overseas clinics about the procedure, with some of the most popular medical tourism hot spots for this treatment being India, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Apparently, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Ben Affleck were the most popular beard examples used by patients!

Here’s what Caelen King, CEO of WhatClinic.com, has to say: “Hair transplant surgery has come a long way since the days of tell-tale hair plugs. In the past few years, there have been huge advancements in hair transplant technology and techniques, which could account for the significant growth in this area.

“Beard transplants require skill, experience and advanced technique so make sure you do your research and find a surgeon you can be confident of. Ask about their qualifications and how many surgeries they have carried out. Talk with your surgeon about expectations and likely results, as there are a variety of factors that can affect the success of the procedure.

“It’s also worth comparing surgeries in the UK and overseas on price. Hair transplant procedures are not cheap, so spending a couple of hours researching online could save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.”

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