Men are spending £14,500 on beard transplants
With facial hair still firmly in fashion, more men are digging deep into their wallets and spending thousands on beard transplant procedures
Earlier this year, a survey by electrical manufacturers Braun found that men feel 53 per cent more attractive to women when they have a beard.
Which may explain why the hair transplant is heading south. Over the past few years, high profile figures such as Wayne Rooney and Gordon Ramsay have apparently had their barnets artificially boosted – but now, new statistics suggest that the transplantation trend has shifted from crown to chin.
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Dr Jeffrey Epstein, an American facial plastic surgeon, recently told The New York Times that a decade ago he performed, on average, four to five beard transplants each year. This has steadily risen over the past decade and now the doctor helps three baby-faced men beard up every week.
Transplants can be used to hide scars, or simply supplement existing facial hair Photo: Youtube
The procedure, which costs up to £14,500, works in much the same way as a hair transplant. ‘Donor hairs’ are plucked from the back or sides of the scalp and transplanted onto the beard-line in a process called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
After grafting, the hairs begin to grow very quickly, and an individual can typically expect to begin shaving within two weeks of the procedure.
Jose Armos, a Miami-based paramedic, paid $7,000 earlier this year for a beard transplant from Dr Epstein’s clinic. “It was hard for people to trust me because I had that baby face,” says the 28-year old. “So I wanted that stronger, manlier look.”
Pittsburgh University worker Ray also wanted to look more masculine – and believed a beard was the perfect way to achieve this. The 53-year old has had three beard transplants in the last four years; despite sporting a full and luscious beard, his wallet is now $22,000 (£14,500) lighter.
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“I don’t really even care that much if people know that I’ve had the transplants,” Ray said. “I just don’t want them to know how much I’ve spent on it, because then they’ll think I’m crazy. A lot of guys go through a midlife crisis and they buy the sports car, but I just got a beard.”
The chief motivator in men forking out for beard transplants appears to be solely aesthetic, although the procedure has also been known to be advised for individuals wishing to hide burn or acne scars, or for those undergoing female-to-male transgender treatment.