HOW IS THE TREATMENT DONE?
In order to perform the procedure, the surgeon will normally shave the patient’s chest first.
The treatment, known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from a donor area at the back of the patient’s head where the hair is plentiful, and transplanting these hairs onto areas where the hair is thinning or receding.
The body hairs are then transplanted in the same way as they would be if taken from the head – in that they are removed individually and carefully transplanted onto the target area.
An FUE procedure can last many hours, depending on the number of hairs which require transplanting.
The average transplant costs around £10,000 or £2.50 a hair. For chest hair the price rises to £5 per hair.
The patient can leave the clinic immediately after treatment. For around a week following treatment the head and the donor area may appear red and may be slightly swollen in places.
During this time the patient should not take part in any rigorous exercise or sporting activity.
The patient will also experience a period known as ‘shedding’ following the procedure.
This is where the superficial hair follicles, which have been transplanted, fall out of the head, enabling the roots to embed and settle in their new location and go on to grow healthily.
How long this period lasts for, and the number of hairs which are shed, differs from patient to patient.
Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants
THERE’LL be no more filling in beards with an eyebrow pencil for these men anymore. Hundreds are having surgery to remove hair from other body parts, including the head and chest, and implanting it in the face.
IT’S shear madness! The hipster beard craze has grown so popular in Brooklyn that men are rushing to doctors for “facial hair transplants” — surgery that helps make beards look thicker and less patchy, sources said.
Stubble-challenged guys are forking over up to $8,500 for the beard-boosting procedure, which has spiked in popularity in recent months, plastic surgeons told The New York Post.
“Brooklyn is probably the nucleus of the trend, it’s the hipster ‘look’ guys want. If you have a spotty beard, and you let it grow out, it looks sloppy, ” said Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a Midtown-based plastic surgeon.
“[Clients] want full beards because it’s a masculine look. Beards are an important male identifier,” he added.