Monday, May 5, 2014

Beard hair transplants: Hollywood hype or true trend?

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Addresses Trend Buzz

Geneva, IL – May 5, 2014.  Sporting a beard has become quite popular among Hollywood’s leading men, but the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) finds recent reports of a growing trend in beard or facial hair transplants may be more hype than reality for the average man.

When the ISHRS polled its members via an online survey recently and asked if members’ practices have seen an increase in the number of “facial hair transplantations” or beard hair transplants over the past 12-18 months, 60 percent of the Society’s members reported that they have not seen an increase in these procedures.  

Similarly, the ISHRS 2013 Practice Census polled members about the number of facial (moustache/beard) hair transplants performed around the world in 2012 and found that this type of procedure accounted for only 1.5 percent of all hair transplants.  While there was a small bump in the number of facial hair transplants that ISHRS members reported performing from 2010 to 2012 (4,302 to 4,707 procedures, respectively), the most notable increases occurred in the Middle East and Asia.

“In some cultures, beards are quite common and symbolize a man’s masculinity and even prosperity,” said Vincenzo Gambino, MD (Milan, Italy), president of the ISHRS.  “While a clean-shaven appearance is still popular, beards are now very trendy among more males than ever before thanks to their resurgence in Hollywood and among professional athletes.  For those who prefer a fuller beard or more facial hair, beard hair transplants offer excellent results.”

Dr. Gambino added that hair restoration specialists agree that beard hair transplantation is a trending area in hair restoration that will continue to grow in popularity – particularly in more metro areas of the world where trends are commonly observed.

“We do see hair restoration physicians in larger markets, such as New York City, who have a specialty in facial hair restoration reporting a significant increase in patients requesting beard hair transplants,” said Dr. Gambino.

During a beard hair transplant procedure, tiny hair follicles (or grafts) are harvested one-by-one from a donor area of the body and transplanted to the beard area.  The transplanted hair typically starts growing in immediately, and usually patients can shave two weeks following the procedure.

So for those who are follicularly challenged in the beard department, beard hair transplants are an option to consider for permanent facial hair as natural-looking as a Hollywood A-lister.

About the ISHRS

Founded in 1993, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a non-profit medical association with a membership of over 1,000 physicians worldwide dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of hair restoration. The mission of the ISHRS is to achieve excellence in patient outcomes by promoting member education, international collegiality, research, ethics, and public awareness. For more information and to locate a physician, visit

About the ISHRS Practice Census Survey

Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc. of Chicago, IL (USA), the ISHRS 2013 Practice Census survey is a compilation of information provided solely by participating physicians.  The information published in this survey was developed from actual historical information and does not include any projected information. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 6.5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For a full reprint of the ISHRS 2013 Practice Census Report, visit

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