How Does a Beard and Mustache Transplant Work?

July 27, 2021

How does a beard and mustache transplant work? A beard and mustache transplant is a hair transplantation procedure that extracts healthy hair follicles from the body, usually the base of the back portion of the scalp, and implants them into patchy or balding areas of the face. Customers may want beard and mustache transplants to cover facial scars, but more often than not, our customers just want lush, full facial hair.

After all, and let’s be real for a moment, facial hair for men could be equated to the way breasts are viewed for women. Breasts are a naturally feminine characteristic. One that silently expresses something about you. The same is true of facial hair for men. However, when it comes to facial hair, there are so many styling and growth options that one might suggest that beards and mustaches carry even more important in the looks department. Much like one’s head hair, they’re a way to really express your style and who you are.

So it’s no wonder that men are so obsessed with having the perfect beard and mustache. And it’s because of this that so many men with patchy facial hair turn to beard and mustache transplant procedures to help them achieve their facial hair goals. Trust me. I know. I’ve been there myself. If I wear a goatee, it’s pretty obvious that I’m missing some hair. It never grew in properly.

What is a Beard and Mustache Transplant?

Beard and mustache transplants are a delicate job. Your beard and mustache have certain growth patterns. Take a look! You’ll see it. Just like our head hair, beards and mustaches have a certain direction they tend to grow. And your hair transplant surgeon better know how to determine that. After all, we want the results to look completely natural.

On average, 2,000-3,500 follicle grafts are transplanted. Depending on the patient’s desired style and fullness, more may be necessary. Most often, this hair is transplanted from donor sites at the back of the head where the hair tends to be fullest.


There are two types of hair transplants that are used for beard and mustache transplant procedures. They are the same methods that are commonly used to treat common hair loss conditions such as male pattern baldness and traction alopecia. The first is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This is performed by harvesting complete follicular units individually from the donor area.

This is the most common method employed for repairing patchy facial hair. There will be minuscule scarring in the form of a small white dot at the donor site, and the hair follicles that were extracted will not grow back. However, this surgery is done in such a way that the scars will be completely invisible once the hair at the donor site has grown out. This method is considered the less painful of the two procedures, though neither is pain intensive.


The second approach is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). First, we remove a small strip of skin from the back of the scalp. Then, we stitch up the incision using a “baseball” stitch. This type of stitch allows the scalp to heal in a way that will best hide your scar. From here, the portion of the skin is sectioned apart and grafts are implanted into the necessary areas of the beard and mustache. This is a more invasive procedure and results in a longer healing time. This method is less common for mustache and beard transplants. However, it is less time-intensive and less expensive than FUE. We recommend FUE to most of our patients, but there are times when FUT is a better option.

Beard and Mustache Transplant Healing

The initial healing stage is shorter for an FUE procedure. First, we’ll shave the donor site. This is necessary to harvest the follicles. With the FUT procedure, hair can remain long to hide the scars from the incision. With both procedures, there will be some swelling, redness, and scabbing at both the donor site and the transplanted area. The initial healing stage lasts about 2 weeks.

Be aware that about 3 months after your beard and mustache transplant that the newly transplanted hair will fall out. This is called shock loss and there’s nothing to worry about. It’s a completely normal part of any hair transplant procedure. The old hairs must be shed in order to make way for the new hair growth. Within 6 months to a year after your transplant, your new facial will have grown in. This is a slow process that requires patience. 

Many factors play into which hair transplant procedure is most appropriate for your beard and mustache transplant. These include evaluating the severity of your condition, genetics, and hormone levels. Frequently, follicular units are harvested from the back of the head. However, chest hair is also an option. While this is uncommon, it may be necessary for some patients. This could be due to a lack of adequate hair to transplant from the head, or the shape and texture of your facial hair.

If you desire a fuller, thicker beard, it will require more follicular grafts than if you only need to fill in a small patch in your mustache. If you are only filling a small area of facial hair then FUE will be the most appropriate procedure. We charge per graft for our procedures, which we feel is the fairest pricing model, as some patients will require significantly more grafts than others. While it is an unlikely possibility in rare instances some patients are not good candidates for facial hair transplants.

Contact Us For Your Facial Hair Consultation

If you visit our website you can see before and after photos of beard and mustache transplants, as well as read testimonials from our happy customers. We pride ourselves on empowering our patients with accurate information so that they can make the most informed decision about which method of treatment is best for them. We are proud of the results that our customers experience. We’re also happy to be offering affordable hair transplants, as we know this is a big expense. We believe hair restoration should be accessible for everyone.

You can schedule a complimentary consultation through our website at your convenience. On your call or video chat, we will discuss your facial hair goals, evaluate your current condition, determine if you are a good candidate, and discuss your budget. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you and helping you grow the beard or mustache of your dreams.


Best Hair Transplant is the best place to schedule your hair transplant in Los Angeles. We’ve helped both men and women regrow their lost hair. 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, we’re proud of our results and happy to provide hair restoration services. Additionally, we’re proud to make hair 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.


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