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Facial Hair Transplant Toronto

Facial hair transplantation is gaining in popularity. While some parts of the world (e.g. India, Middle East) have long regarded thick facial hair as a sign of masculinity and virility, the Western world has more recently embraced the aesthetic appeal of robust moustaches, goatees, beards, sideburns and eyebrows.

In Facial Hair Transplantation, hair is restored to areas where growth is thin or missing. The procedure can be performed on areas where there is no hair, or on areas where hair growth is thin and more fullness is desired.

This procedure is most commonly performed on the goatee and moustache areas, but it can also be performed on beards, sideburns and cheeks. Facial hair transplants can also be used to conceal acne scars and other types of scars. The number of grafts required can vary but averages are as follows:

  • Moustache: 350-500 grafts
  • Full Goatee: 600-700 grafts
  • Sideburn: 200-250 grafts (each)
  • Cheek Beard: 300-700 grafts
  • Uncommonly, some patients may require a second round of transplants if they desire a very thick density.

The key with facial hair transplantation is to use mostly 1- and sometimes 2-hair grafts, and carefully place them at the exact correct angle and direction to create the most natural appearance.

To minimize scarring, Dr. Alexander uses all-microscopically dissected grafts that can be placed in the smallest possible incisions. Once they’ve been transplanted, the hairs are permanent and typically grow with the same characteristics as your own facial hair. Moreover, the transplanted hair can be shaved just like you would with other facial hair.

Donor Hairs for Facial Transplantation

Donor hair for facial transplantation typically comes from the scalp. Which region of the scalp depends on where Dr. Alexander thinks the closest match between scalp and facial hair exists in you. Once transplanted, the hairs will grow permanently, and with similar quality and characteristics to your native facial hair, and it can be shaved.

Procedure & Recovery

The transplantation is performed under local anesthesia with mild oral sedation. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it can last 2 to 5 hours. Either strip technique or FUE can be used, depending on a variety of factors, which Dr. Alexander will discuss with you. The procedure itself is essentially painless, with a very smooth recovery period. Most are able to go back to regular daily activities 2 days after the procedure, and resume strenuous exercise in 1-2 weeks.

For the first 5 days after the transplant, tiny crusts will be present around each transplanted hair, and the transplanted area must be kept absolutely dry. The face will look like something was done for at least the first 3 to 4 days. Sutures that are placed in the donor area are removed at 1 week. The transplanted hairs fall out at around 2-3 weeks, then start to regrow at 3 months, where they will continue to grow for a lifetime.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 26th, 2020

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we decided to close the practice until at least April 7th. We will need to reassess closer to this date to determine whether or not we can open at that time or if we must remain closed a while longer.

Your health and well-being is our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until at least April 7th.
  • The office will be staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Surgeries will be rescheduled.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the Ministry of Health and Public Health. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to FACE if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Social distancing and social isolation are also critically important. Please stay home if you can!

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not rest until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to answer your questions.

Looking forward to moving past this and being able to continue to help our patients look and feel their best!

We are still continuing to conduct virtual consults. Contact us today and schedule a virtual consultation!