Beard Transplant Cost


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

A beard transplant, sometimes referred to as a facial hair transplant, is an ever-growing cosmetic procedure designed to help thicken facial hair for those who suffer from either a batch beard or for those who cannot grow a beard at all.  The procedure also helps with thinner-than-average sideburns, thin mustaches or even eyebrows.

Beard Transplant Cost
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How much does a beard transplant cost?

The cost of a beard transplant will greatly vary as every surgeon will have their own pricing policy.  Aside from the surgeon, your goals, your geographical location, the number of grafts and the style/method your doctor uses can all affect the price.  With these factors in mind, the costs of a beard transplant, from people and doctors who shared their costs online, ranged anywhere from $5,500 to $12,000, with the “number of grafts needed” greatly affecting the total costs.

Strip Method- $15-$25 per graft
FUE Method- $15-$30 per graft
The number of grafts are highly dependent on your situation, but according to our research, the average patient needs anywhere from 500 to 3,000 grafts.

Generally, the more hair you need, the higher this number will be.

According to Cory Torgerson, MD, Ph.D., FRCSC on this RealSelf.com thread, he noted the costs of a beard transplant for the member in question would cost about $8,000 to $10,000, but in this case, since it was an African American, the hair would require extra skill and experience, meaning a higher price tag.

Gizmodo.com notes the cost of the procedure can range from $3,000 for a partial beard transplant for those who have a patchy beard or $7,000 or more for those who want a full beard and is unable to grow a beard at all.

Bradley R. Wolf, MD, via his official pricing list, charges based on the number of grafts required.  100 grafts via the strip method would cost $25 each or $2,500 total, while 300+ grafts would cost $16 each or $4,800+.  As for the FUE method, 100 grafts would cost $30 each, 200 grafts would cost $20 each and 300+ grafts would cost $17 each.

In this NY Times article, on 28-year-old paramedic paid $7,000 to have more than a thousand hair follicles harvested from the back of his head to his face, while others who had the procedure done, mentioned in this article, paid a total of $22,000, $4,000 and $10,000.

What is a beard transplant?

The procedure, for the most part, is a fairly straightforward procedure, which involves removing tiny hair follicles in strips from the back of your scalp, often where the hair is the thickest and transplanted where the bald spots are present in your facial hair.

Before the extraction even begins, the area where the hair is being extracted will be first numbed with a local anesthetic, and depending on your surgeon’s preferences, two types of techniques will be considered, either via a process known as FUT or FUE.  FUT, also known as strip harvesting, removes the hair in strips, while the FUE process, known as extracted follicle by follicle, will involve using a hollow needle which is able to isolate the individual hair follicle before implanting in its new position.

The number of grafts for the typical beard transplant can range from 500 to more than 3,000 grafts.

The entire procedure, depending on the amount of the hair being transplanted, can take anywhere from two to six hours to perform.

When the procedure is over, the hair often begins to grow immediately, with results often seen in as little as two to four weeks.  As far as the recovery, most patients will recoup in as little as five days as long as the area is kept entirely dry.

Potential risks

While there are very few side effects and the procedure is considered to be relatively painless, there are still risks involved as with any cosmetic procedure.  The risks involved, as per the Wimple Clinic, may include scarring, redness, swelling, tenderness and/or an infection.


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