Facial or mustache hair transplant is a procedure for restoring hair on the face where the hair has become thin or gone completely. Over the years, doctors have seen a tremendous increase in the number of facial hair transplant. In addition to increasing the hair density on the face region, facial hair transplant can be done in order to restore mustache, hide sideburns, acne scars or any other type of scars. The procedure aims either to thin coverage of a limited region or full restoration of the entire beard or mustache. The number of grafts depends on the type of restoration you want. Generally, the number of grafts ranges from 300 to 900 for a cheekbone. In the case of sideburn, it is between 200 to 300, for full goatee it is between 600 to 900 and for a mustache, the number is between 350 to 500.
Mustache Hair Transplant Procedure
There is no difference between the scalp and the facial hair transplant. The surgeon would careful select a donor area that is the sides or back of the head. The doctor needs to ensure that the donor site has hair that matches closes to the recipient side. He or she would use either FUE or FUT for transplanting the hair from the donor region to the recipient area. Usually, the surgeon prefers using FUE for mustache hair transplant, as there will be minimal scars that are not visible to the human eye. After the success of the procedure, you would notice that the transplanted hair would grow like your other hair. You would have to trim or shave them with time.
Eligibility Criteria for Mustache hair transplant
If a person is undergoing Alopecia Universalis, mustache hair transplant or any type of hair restoration will not be effective. Since the patient would not have hair on any part of his body, thus there is no donor site to harvest from.
Post Treatment Guidelines
Mustache hair transplant does not require a lot of time to recover, the recovery time is less than 5 days. Yet the surgeon would recommend you to keep the transplanted region dry. After 4 to 6 days, you will notice that the tiny crusts around the grafted hair will fall out and then the transplanted hair will fall out in 2 weeks’ time. However, you do not have to worry, as new hair will grow within a couple of weeks.
What Complications should you expect?
Generally, a mustache transplant surgery is not a lengthy one, and it has fewer chances of post-surgery complications.
Nonetheless, below are some complications
- Unnatural looking tufts of hair
- Temporary loss of transplanted hair
- Infection in the hair follicles
- Inflammation in the hair follicles
- Lack of sensation or numbness in the treated area
- Formation of the crust on the donor’s site
- Swelling of the affected area
Having the right and experienced surgeon for your mustache hair transplant can prevent many of these complications. Nonetheless, there are certain complications such as loss of transplanted hair that is inevitable.