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What is a beard transplant?

hair transplant. Image c/o Dr Serkan Aygin

hair transplant. Image c/o Dr Serkan Aygin

The area of hair implantology has grown significantly in knowledge and subsequent ability. One of the most advanced countries in the field, Turkey, has Doctors who apply the FUE method successfully to beard transplantation too. This is a matter worthy of our attention, so let’s take a closer look at the entire issue of beard and FUE transplants

What is a Beard Transplantation?

It is no co-incidence that beard transplants are popular with men. Why do men go for beard transplants? Well: women rate men with beard stubble as attractive – and those with a full beard, as more masculine and as better potential fathers. FUE is not only sufficient for the scalp – but also for other areas such as your beard. As much as it is possible to develop bald patches on the forehead and scalp, so is it common to find men with bald patches in the beard and moustache area.

Growing a beard is part of some men’s style. Men who want to grow a full beard but developed bald patches due loss of beard hair can come to Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic for beard transplantation.

What method is most commonly used?

Beard transplantation is hair transplantation from the back of the head to the areas of the face suffering from hair loss. FUE hair transplant is used to transplant single hair follicles from the donor area. FUE is far better than other conventional and complicated methods.

So how is the beard implant performed?

A three-step process is typically followed at Dr. Serkan Aygin: Consultation comes first. At this stage the availability of donor hair is assessed, together with the total number of transplants required on the patient. Operation comes next: They consider the direction in which the beard grows, where grafts of hair is taken from the donor area, typically the back of the neck between the ears – and placed in the recipient area. Finally, one day after the procedure, patients receive cleaning and PRP at the clinic.

What is the recovery procedure after a beard transplant?

Twelve to eighteen months after surgery, the recipients of facial hair transplant will continue growing a full beard that looks natural and they will be pleased with the final results. The FUE beard transplant is obviously a superior, natural and long-lasting option to things like Minoxidil, hormone therapy and other supplements that come with side-effects. Your doctor will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to clean the area. Post-operative hygiene is paramount for a swift and full recovery.

Why is a Beard in Turkey a popular option?

They’ve made it so easy and convenient to perform the procedure in Turkey. The above methodology has become so successful: “consultation, operation, cleaning & PRP”. Nobody wants to have a botched or failed procedure – which is why it is highly recommended to go with an experienced clinic where set, proven procedures are in place.

When you start with the online consultation, in the case of Dr. Aygin, he has a clear idea of how much attention you’ll require, the likely number of grafts etc. This, together with pictures, is used for a hair analysis so that there is clarity on donor/recipient areas.

Upon arrival – patients are collected from the airport by a private driver and translator, then they’re transferred to the hotel. Throughout the procedure, a translator is present and also available for anything else you might need while in Turkey.

The procedure is then carried out until the doctor is satisfied that there will be a natural result. After recover, is literally impossible for people to tell that you had a transplant: it looks completely you, completely natural. When the doctor is satisfied, they will hand over after care products and you’ll be ready to depart.

It is fair to say that Dr. Serkan Aygin fine-tuned the procedure to a point where it can hardly be improved by anyone in the industry!

FUE and where we are today:

Since FUE is the method used for beard transplantations, let’s explain the concept in general. Developments in hair microsurgery have made it possible to transplant hair follicles. Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE hair transplantation is extraction of original hair from one area of the scalp to another. It is a minimally invasive procedure that does not involve cutting, sutures and staples. The Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic in Turkey is one of the leading clinics performing this procedure. Of course, people visit Mexico, Los Angeles, Harley Street London, Turkey, Thailand, South Africa and many other locations for this: but you should really consider many factors, not just price when choosing a hair transplant.

There is a slight difference between FUE, DHI and Sapphire FUE hair transplant. In FUE, a circular cut is made around a hair follicle or a group of hair follicles is a tiny steel blade, leaving a small hole in the donor area. In DHI, micro-punches of 1mm or less in diameter are cut into the donor area of the scalp to extract individual hairs. Basically, during DHI hair transplantation, no channels are created: The grafts are implemented directly – hence it is known as direct hair transplantation.

There is also Sapphire FUE, where a sharp and very small sapphire blade makes a puncture around one hair follicle, lifts it within itself, and is used to immediately puncture a tiny hole in the recipient area and then deposit the hair follicle into the hole when a plunger is pressed.

All of them are great procedures, but Sapphire FUE and DHI are improvements on classic FUE.

FUE transplantation can practically be performed in any part of the body, albeit that for aesthetic reasons, the most popular options are to the scalp and facial area, including beard transplantation.

How is the FUE Hair Transplantation Performed?

Well this is not significantly different to what we described above for the beard transplant, but let’s take a look: To begin with, the patient will have a consultation with their doctor for assessments and tests. Then the doctor follows the following process.

  1. The doctor extracts individual hair follicles, or groups of follicles, from the donor area using a specially designed disposable tool at most 1mm thick. This is the extraction phase.
  2. The hair follicles are kept moist at low temperatures in a special solution. The hair technician carefully counts them.
  3. The hair follicles are then transplanted one by one onto areas where more hair is desired. This is the implantation phase that is performed with a special implanter at most 1mm thick. This creates the exact needed angle, density and direction of hair required. The result is natural looking.

Advantages of FUE Hair Transplantation?

No Major Scarring

Unlike other transplant procedures, FUE is so advanced that it does not leave visible linear scars on the head even when hair is cut short.

Fast Healing

Follicular unit transplantation heals so quickly that the patient can continue normal life activities after a week.

Natural Results

This hair transplant procedure gives natural looking results and people can’t tell there was hair transplant. After surgery hair growth continues naturally and the quality of transplanted hair is always the same as untouched hair and it blends in naturally.

No Stitches

The FUE procedure involves advanced technology that does not require any stitches.

Consistent Results

The FUE hair transplant procedure is recognized worldwide for consistent results. The doctor has control over how the hair grows by strategically placing hair follicles in a manner that leaves the patient with a head full of hair.

Minimal Risk of Infections

To ensure that the hair transplantation procedure never leads to infection after the -surgery, patients must follow the after-care instructions like those issued by the Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic. After-care is one of the most important elements to ensure a successful procedure.

Dense Packing

Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic’s technique allows hair follicles to be densely packed. This gives a natural, dense look to the hairline.

“No pain no gain” is a myth:

Many people ask: are hair implants painful? Well, the answer is, with soft FUE, it is claimed to be far less painful – or not painful at all, when compared to conventional methods that used to cause pain.

Final scoop:

Beard transplants are popular and there are thousands of men doing it for their own personal reasons. The advanced FUE method used by Dr. Aygin was described in this article – and is probably the leading method in the world due to it’s efficiency. Perhaps it’s time you have an online consultation with a specialist, ask them some questions and see if this is for you!

What you should know about hair transplants in Turkey:

Unlike many “me-too” countries that merely seduce medical tourists with low prices, Turkey was an early adopter of FUE transplants – and gained a lot of experience. It is one of the few places where Doctors treat multiple ethnicities, since it sits at the intersection of Asia and Europe.

This wealth of experience, coupled with a weaker currency, brings the advantage of both price and expertise, and peace of mind that you have the highest chance of success when choosing an experienced Doctor.

At the Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic, for example, patients just need to know how to reach the airport in Istanbul. From there everything, including the smallest detail, is managed by a team: local guides and drivers, translators – and of course, a world-renowned Doctor that has more than 20 years’ experience in FUE transplantation. FUE transplantation is definitely worth considering.


Now that you know more FUE facts – it is time to schedule a consultation online or by phone. Suggestion: Speak to the medical team at the Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic in person. Check out before and after pictures and get a better idea of what is involved. It seems that baldness is optional these days – you have choices!

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