Is an FUE Beard Transplant the Right Choice for Me?

January 26, 2021

Many people looking for thicker, fuller beards inquire about beard transplants. And with most procedures of this nature, many of them have done some research. However, they may not be doing the RIGHT research. Frequently, beard transplant inquiries come in asking for FUE (or Follicular Unit Extraction) transplants. But is an FUE beard transplant the best choice for you? It might not be. Read on to find out more.

The FUE Beard Transplant

First, let’s talk about what an FUE transplant is. After you understand exactly what an FUE procedure entails, you’ll be better equipped to understand how an FUE beard transplant works.

An FUE hair transplant is a surgical transplantation technique whereby hair follicle bunches are extracted from one area and placed in another. Simply put, if you have lots of hair on the back of your head and very little on the front, follicles would be transferred from one section to the other. The same thing goes for the beard and mustache region. Simple right? Right!

When performing an FUE beard transplant, hairs are still harvested from the back of the scalp. In fact, the initial steps are virtually identical. The only difference is that when it comes time to rehome the hairs, they end up on your face instead of your head.

The FUE procedure is simple and relatively painless. The tiny punch hole wounds heal quickly. Additionally, there is little downtime, especially compared to other surgical operations. Even FUT transplants may result in a bit more pain than FUE and the possibility of increases in downtime. Of course, this all depends on the patient. However, that’s not to say that the FUE beard transplant doesn’t have its downside. It can.

FUE Beard Transplant Drawbacks

Beard transplants really aren’t that different from standard scalp hair transplants. However, one major difference should be considered. Frequently, men with thin or patchy beards may have plenty of hair on their heads. Clearly, this is not the case for the average hair loss sufferer. But beards are different.

Most men who request beard transplants aren’t suffering from hair loss. Often times, they simply never had much facial hair in the first place. It may have grown in slowly and never fully developed. It may be patchy. The hair may frame their face in a way they dislike or sit lower than desired. Frequently, beard transplants are about reshaping and structuring hair that was always missing.

Therefore, unlike a standard scalp hair transplant, some men may not need to worry about overharvesting the donor area. After all, they don’t need as many grafts to cover what is frequently a smaller area. Additionally, they may only need a single procedure to achieve the beard growth results they’re looking for.

However, it may be unwise to rush to this decision. Remember hairs removed using FUE will not grow back. Getting an FUE beard transplant may sound like a good idea in theory. After all, you don’t have to worry about a scar on the back of your head. But you could be wasting the hair in a donor area that may be necessary for future procedures. This is especially true for men suffering from hair loss in both areas. In the end, most men are better off choosing the FUT beard transplant option.

FUT Beard Transplants

So, now we come to FUT beard transplants. FUT beard transplant procedures are favored over the FUE beard transplant here at Best Hair Transplant. That’s because your donor area won’t be overharvested with an FUT procedure. In other words, should you need future hair restoration procedures, it will be easier to complete them with optimal, natural looking results for the patient.

An FUT procedure goes about collecting donor hair follicles in a completely different way. While FUE transplants require a hole punch to remove follicular bunches, FUT removes an entire strip of hair from the donor area. Next, the two sections of the scalp are sewed back together. If done properly, the resulting scar should be barely visible to the naked eye. Finally, the strip of hair is sectioned apart into small follicular units. At this point, those hairs are transplanted in thin areas of the scalp, or in this case, the facial region.

In the end, FUT beard transplants may be the better option for most patients. At Best Hair Transplant in Redondo Beach, we find this to be the case more frequently than not. Ultimately, that’s because we’re able to preserve the donor area for future procedures that may be required to maintain or improve results as time passes. This is common with hair transplants. Therefore, we believe it prudent to err on the side of caution. It’s best to save your precious hairs should you need to move them around again in the future. Of course, the final call should be made after a consultation with your hair transplant physician.


Best Hair Transplant is the best place to schedule your beard transplant in Los Angeles. But don’t take our word for it. We suggest learning as much as possible about hair restoration. Do so prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.

At Best Hair Transplant in Redondo Beach, we pride ourselves on helping our patients choose the best procedure for them. Do your homework. Research your hair restoration doctor. After all, not all doctors are equal. For your benefit, ask to see “Before & After” photos.

At Best Hair Transplant, we’re proud of our results and happy to provide hair restoration services. Additionally, we’re proud to make beard transplants affordable and help you save money on a variety of hair transplants.

To ensure your ease of mind, you can view our customer recommendations HERE. Furthermore, you can also see our Google reviews and Yelp reviews. We can’t wait to help you start restoring your lost hair.


Best Hair Transplant
1970 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 2
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(213) 403-0455

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