Epstein performs two or three beard implants per week — up from just a handful each year a couple years ago, he said.
The specific hipster-inspired style — a lumberjack-meets-roadie hybrid — was made popular in neighbourhoods such as Williamsburg, Bushwick and Park Slope, doctors and patients said.
One happy patient is Danny, 27, whose beard used to be so patchy, he was forced to “fill it in” with an eyebrow pencil, he said.
Two years ago, he paid $8,500 for the surgery, which he considers a fashion statement.
“I have a baby face but now I’m able to look older. My fashion statement is a little edgy, and I do like the ‘rugged look,’” he said,
He added, “It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.”
During the procedure, doctors remove hair from other body parts, including the head and chest, before implanting it in the face.
New beards grow back normally and can be shaved.
The hair-raising trend is also popular with female-to-male transgenders, Hasidic Jews, and guys who simply aren’t very hairy, doctors said.
Suspenders? Tick. Glasses? Tick. Beard? Tick.Source:ThinkStock
“It’s the style. It’s just more common now to see scruff than ten years ago,” said Dr. Yael Halaas, a Midtown plastic surgeon, who performs the procedure.
“We’ve been getting a lot more calls about it,” she said.
A 39-year-old New Yorker, who works in catering industry, got a beard transplant to make him feel younger, DNAinfo.com reported.
“I had contemplated [getting a beard transplant] for approximately eight months,” he said, “Knowing the results, I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time deciding,” he said.
Countries like Turkey already consider facial hair transplants as part of their tourism industry. Select salons in Australia such as
Why More People Are Traveling Abroad for Plastic Surgery
What you need to know about “medical tourism” and why more people are doing it.
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Smoking, sun, frowning, smiling, genetics, free radicals — in short, life — all eventually show up on your face no matter how much sunscreen and lotion you’ve used.
With the revolutionary plastic surgery options available today, you can nip, tuck, and inject to a slimmer, more youthful you. Erase those smile lines, jowls, and wrinkles with a facelift or tighten that stomach with a tummy tuck.
Although many of us would like to alter our physical reality, not everyone can afford expensive plastic surgery. The alternative? Medical tourism, or traveling abroad for procedures. Why get a tummy tuck in Boston when you can get it done at a bargain price in Buenos Aires — airfare included?
But as with any surgery, complications both physically and even financially can happen postoperation.