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The Complete Guide to Beard Transplants Cost

Facial hair has always been a symbol of masculinity and style. However, not all men are blessed with a full and thick beard. This has led to the increasing popularity of beard transplants among men in their 20s and 30s who want to enhance their appearance. In this ultimate guide, we will explore everything you need to know about beard transplants, from the procedure to the expected results and aftercare.


Deciding if you need a beard surgery

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about beard implants over the last few years. This guide to beard transplants is designed to help you learn more about beard transplant costs and techniques and determine if you are a good candidate for a beard transplant surgery.

Beard transplants have become very popular among guys in their 20s and 30s who are looking to enhance the appearance of their facial hair. Beard surgery works in a very similar way to hair transplants and can provide males who are self-conscious about their facial hair with a much fuller and thicker beard.

You might be considering a beard implant yourself but haven’t fully decided yet. If so, this guide to beard surgery will help you make up your mind.

What you need to know about beard surgery

If you are completely new to the art and science of transplantation, it would be easy to assume that the hair for a beard transplant comes from a donor; however, this is not the case.

Just like with hair transplants, the hair that’s used for a beard transplant comes directly from the patient himself. The hair that grows on the back of your head is genetically programmed to be permanent. Therefore, this is the best hair to use for transplantation procedures. The beard transplant surgeon takes the hair from the back and sides of the head, most often using Follicular Unit Excision methods, and then implants it into the areas of the beard that need to be thickened up.

What’s the difference between a Beard hair transplant and a hair transplant? We’ve outlined what you need to know below.



Donor hair is generally taken from the same area.

One big similarity between hair and beard transplant techniques is that the doctor takes the donor hair from the same area – the back and sides of the head. The reason for this is hair that grows in this area is genetically programmed to be resistant to male pattern balding and therefore won’t fall out.

Newly transplanted hair falls out before it grows in properly.

Another similarity between beard surgery and hair surgery is that the newly transplanted hair will fall out before growing back. This is completely normal in both hair and beard hair transplant.

Results are natural-looking.

Given how far hair transplantation has come over the last couple of decades, it’s surprising how many people still assume hair transplants still come with the dreaded “plug” look that was so common in the ’70s. Modern hair and beard transplant techniques have completely eliminated this and now both types of transplants provide incredibly natural-looking results.


You can usually get the exact type of look you want with a beard hair transplant.

A big advantage of beard transplants is that you’re usually able to achieve the exact look you want. This isn’t always possible with hair transplants, especially for guys with more severe male pattern balding. This is because those guys who have lost a lot of hair don’t have the required amount of donor hair for full coverage. This usually isn’t an issue with beard transplants, since fewer grafts are needed to perform a successful beard surgery.

The downtime isn’t as long.

Another advantage beard transplants have over hair transplants is that there is much less recovery time following beard surgery. A hair transplant requires a good deal of aftercare, and strenuous exercise is discouraged for the first few weeks. Although beard transplants do require some aftercare and downtime, a beard surgery is not comparable to getting a hair transplant.

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Why are you considering a beard transplant?

Although there aren’t necessarily any right or wrong reasons for getting a beard surgery, some reasons are more logical than others. For example, a very common and sensible reason for getting a beard implant is to improve self-confidence. Confidence is something we all want more of, so anything that can improve it is usually a good idea.

If, however, you’re not too concerned about the appearance of your facial hair, but are considering getting a beard surgery because of pressure from your significant other, this isn’t as smart of an idea. When considering any form of cosmetic treatment, you should do it for reasons that are important to you, and not for other people. After all – you’re the one who lives with the results if you choose to move forward with a beard transplant.

Having said that, it’s not a bad idea to discuss how you feel with friends and family. You might find you’re  overly self-conscious about your facial hair without good reason.

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Can you afford to get a beard transplant?

If your reasons for getting a beard transplant are sound, the next question you need to ask yourself is – can I afford a beard implant surgery?

Often, beard transplant surgeons offer payment plans so you don’t have to pay the full cost of the procedure up-front, but you still shouldn’t put yourself in financial difficulty for the sake of a beard surgery.

Unlike those suffering from hair loss, guys who want a beard implant are not going to lose more hair from the time they decide they want a procedure to when they can afford it. Therefore, there’s no rush to get the procedure done and you can wait until you’re able to afford it.


How is a beard surgery performed?

The beard transplant procedure is similar to hair transplants. The surgeon extracts donor hair from the back or sides of the head using either Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). FUE is a popular method as it allows for individual hair extraction without the need for incisions. The extracted hair follicles are then meticulously implanted into the beard area to achieve the desired thickness and fullness.

How many grafts will I need?

The number of grafts required for a beard transplant varies depending on the individual’s current facial hair density and the desired coverage. A full beard may require around 3,000 grafts, while a goatee may require an average of 1,500 grafts. The surgeon will assess your specific needs during a consultation to determine the appropriate number of grafts.

Who is a good candidate for beard surgery?

There are no specific requirements for getting a beard transplant. Any man unsatisfied with their facial hair’s thickness can choose to undergo the procedure. However, it is important to consult with a beard transplant surgeon to receive a proper assessment and personalized recommendation.

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How can I find a good beard transplant surgeon?

The first step in finding a beard hair transplant surgeon you can trust is to schedule a consultation. The best doctors are happy to offer virtual and/or in-person consultations where you can discuss the full beard transplant procedure. Ask to see beard transplant before and after pictures or videos of past beard implant procedures the surgeon has performed. Also, ask about their level of experience as both a surgeon and specifically, with hair transplants. As with any surgical procedure, you want to find a qualified, medically certified doctor. Experience, training and certified skills are important when you consider a transplant of any kind!

It’s very important you feel comfortable with whatever doctor you choose, since he or she will be permanently altering your appearance. Therefore, come prepared to your consultation with a list of questions, and choose a doctor who makes you feel both comfortable and respected and who is prepared to answer your questions to your satisfaction.

How long does it take to get beard surgery?

A typical full beard transplant surgery procedure takes between 2 and 5 hours. The length of time needed depends on how thick you want your beard to be and the amount of coverage that’s needed to accomplish that fullness. For example, some men might be happy with the thickness they have around the goatee area but want the hair that grows on their jawline to appear thicker.

Are the results of a beard hair transplant permanent?

Yes. Once the hair is transplanted and the new hair has had time to grow in – usually 3-4 months after the procedure. Once it grows in, it will remain there permanently, meaning you will be able to enjoy the results of your facial hair restoration for many years to come.

Is a beard transplant procedure painful?

Not really. The process that’s used to extract the hair from the donor site during beard transplant surgery doesn’t require any incision, since the hairs are removed individually. There may be a little bit of discomfort when the surgeon implants the hairs, but nothing that would be considered very painful. In fact, most patients do not report any pain from their beard implant, and they can achieve the fullness they desire after only one transplant session.

What is the aftercare, downtime and recovery from a beard growth surgery?

The amount of aftercare and downtime required after a beard transplant procedure is minimal. When FUE is used to extract the donor hair, there is no incision required and therefore no scar that has to heal on the back of your head. With FUE beard implant surgeon individually extracts the follicles from the donor area and then places them in the recipient area.

Although there’s not a huge amount of aftercare or downtime required with a beard surgery, you might need to schedule a day off work to have your procedure performed. You will also need to plan for a follow-up visit with your beard hair transplant surgeon so they can assess your results and progress after surgery. They’ll also be able to advise you on things (activities, grooming) to avoid and how to ensure that the newly transplanted hair doesn’t get disturbed in any way.

Is Beard Implants worth the investment?

For many individuals struggling with patchy or limited facial hair growth, the transformation witnessed in beard implants before and after is often life-changing. It’s crucial to consider the procedure as an investment in confidence and appearance, as a well-done beard transplant can last a lifetime and significantly impact one’s self-esteem.

How much do beard implants price?

Beard transplants can be pricey, ranging from $3,000 to $15,000. Partial transplants for areas with sparse growth can be around $3,000 to $7,000. The final beard plantation cost depends on the number of grafts needed. The initial consultation to assess candidacy may also have a separate cost, so it’s wise to inquire about this beforehand.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Possible risks involve infection and scarring, though they’re rare with an experienced surgeon and proper aftercare. After the beard surgery, a short recovery period may necessitate a day off work. Avoid shaving or disturbing the transplanted area for a few weeks post-surgery.

What results can I expect?

Although results vary from one patient to the next, most people who have this surgery are very pleased with the results. Unlike hair transplants, where sometimes there isn’t enough donor hair to provide full head coverage, a full beard hair transplant can provide a full, thick appearance all over the desired areas of the face.

When will I see the final results from my beard surgery?

After surgery, patients should avoid shaving for 9-14 days to allow the transplanted hair to take root. Final results typically appear after 3-4 months. It’s essential to follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions for optimal recovery.

We welcome and encourage you to check out our beard transplant before-and-after photos under the “Our Results” menu to see pictures of patients we’ve helped here at the Toronto Hair Transplant Surgeons. You’ll be able to see the progression and have a better understanding of realistic expectations.

Is there anything I need to avoid?

The most obvious thing you need to avoid after getting a beard implant is shaving. It’s extremely important that the newly transplanted grafts retain the angle and depth your surgeon placed them. Otherwise, they can either become dislodged or grow in the wrong direction.

It takes between 9 and 14 days after a beard surgery for the newly transplanted hair to take root, so avoid shaving for this period of time. After approximately one month, the new hair will have taken root and gone into the resting phase, and only the facial hair that was already present will remain. Therefore, you should wait until 2 weeks after your beard surgery procedure to trim your facial hair in any way, and 1 month until you shave it properly.

Both our doctors have performed successful beard transplant surgeries on many patients with fantastic results.