Some studies have shown that bearded men command greater respect or notoriety than their clean-shaven brethren.
Abraham Lincoln, Earnest Hemingway, Shaun Connery, and George Clooney (on occasion), are four facially hair-laden men who come to mind.
Perhaps it’s their sagely appearance, worldly experience or seasoned maturity and masculinity that seem to go automatically with these bearded and mustached men. A well-groomed, thick, symmetrical beard and mustache is a distinguishing feature like none other which sets these men apart from other men.
But when facial hair is thin, sparse, patchy, or uneven, it ruins – or at least diminishes – the overall masculine effect.
Did you know that hair restoration surgery isn’t just for balding men? It’s also designed for men who want to fill in the unsightly gaps in their facial hair. The techniques for both procedures are similar, as are the results and the level of safety.
In Turkey, for example, where mustaches are the norm, foreign patients have been flocking by the tens of thousands to undergo inexpensive facial hair transplant procedures to boost the appearance of their beards and mustaches.
When one thinks of nature’s “balancing act,” what often comes to mind is the mystical yin-yang interchange of forces. In the “real” world, natural imbalance is abounding. The same is true in the way in which hereditary hands out men’s facial hair. Some men are blessed with thick, powerful looking beards. Others struggle with sparse or patchy mustaches, beards, sideburns, and thin eyebrows.
Heredity aside, poor facial hair could also be the result of natural hair loss, acne, scarring, prior hair removal by electrolysis, laser hair removal, or a burn injury.
It takes 1,000 grafted hair follicles on average to provide sufficient facial hair volume, density, and coverage. The back of the scalp is usually the donor site of first resort.
The best thing about facial hair transplant surgery is that the results are permanent, the recovery time is short – roughly two weeks – and the outcomes in many cases are truly spectacular. It depends largely on the quality and texture of the patient’s facial skin as well as the availability of donor grafts.
Talk to a qualified hair transplant surgeon about facial hair restoration to learn more about how you might benefit from the procedure. Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist in Virginia. Contact The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.