» Which surgeons have performed the largest and most beard hair to scalp hair
» transplant megasession? How many hairs can you get from a very thick
» beard? Are they mostly all 1-hair grafts?
» It seems like beard hair is the most suitable of all body hair to
» transplant to the scalp. Is the growth phase similar to scalp hair? Does
» the growth phase change once transplanted to the scalp?
» Anyone ever performed a 10,000 hair megasession of beard hair?
» Can you thin a goatee that is very thick and grows fast by transplanting
» some of the hair from there to the scalp, and kill two birds with one
» stone? Does the goatee then look normal?
» Is chin beard hair better than cheek bear hair?
» Thanks for anyone who answers!
I believe the largest beard hair procedure Dr. Cole has done would be between 2000 and 3000 grafts. A physician could conceivably extract up to 8000-10,000 grafts but the amount of beard hair individuals have can vary quite considerably (plenty of men have much less). Beard grafts, from what we’ve seen, are actually generally two-haired grafts, with plenty of ones and some threes as well. Although beard hair is the the best sort of body hair to use, it is not a perfect substitute for scalp hair as it tends to be courser, even when it grows in. For this reason, it can look unnatural when placed in the hairline but can add some nice volume when placed behind it.
Dr. Cole generally discourages patients from undergoing very large beard or body hair sessions because there is always the possibility that the yield will be disappointing. That’s not to say that there aren’t doctors out there who will perform huge sessions but we generally discourage patients from having them. If the results ARE disappointing, not only will you have wasted a substantial amount of money, but you will likely feel emotionally distraught due to the hope you put into seeing substantial growth.
The other issue you need to consider, when it comes to beard hair, is that there is always a possibility of scarring. We personally have never seen scarring occur from beard hair extraction but we have seen a patient with facial scarring following a beard hair procedure with another doctor. Although we can’t say for sure whether this patient was unusually prone to scarring, or if it was the doctor’s technique that resulted in the scarring, the fact that he did not have any healing problems during later procedures with Dr. Cole suggests the latter. It’s possible that the other physician used some sort of extraction method that was overly traumatic. Clearly you want to be very careful when it comes to any type of surgical procedure on your face. For this reason, Dr. Cole will usually extract beard hair from less-conspicuous regions of the neck, versus the chin or cheeks (and to answer your question, there’s no real difference between the beard hair in each of these regions).
If you do think beard hair transplantation might be something you want to try, I’d definitely advise you to first undergo a small test procedure, to see what sort of results you can achieve, before committing to a larger session.