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How To Fix A Patchy Beard And Grow Thicker Facial Hair


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    Do you suffer from a patchy beard? Or perhaps you are unable to grow thick facial hair? Many men have difficulty growing a beard, either due to insufficient facial hair or a patchy facial hair pattern.

    Although there are many supposedly ‘good treatments’ out there, a large percentage do not work – this is mostly down to genes. However, beard transplants – which we offer here at The Treatment Rooms London – are proven to be effective in fixing a patchy beard and allowing you to grow thicker facial hair.

    In this article, we explain why a patchy beard occurs, offer some tips and tricks on how to promote beard growth (before transplant) and provide you with key information on beard transplants.

    What causes a patchy beard?

    Patchy beards are often caused by factors out of our control, whether it’s from genes passed down from parents, varying levels of hormones, or scarring. It might seem like there’s nothing you can do to promote facial hair growth and achieve a better beard, but luckily there is a range of non-invasive and surgical treatments you can undertake to get that full beard effect you’ve been looking for.

    How to fix a patchy beard and grow thicker facial hair

    Before you consider surgical treatments, there are several ways to help promote beard growth that you might like to try. These include:

    • Regular exercise
    • Maintaining a healthy diet
    • Exfoliate regularly
    • Reduce stress and rest

    Regular exercise

    Ensuring you get your exercise each day increases blood flow, which in turn can promote hair growth.

    Maintain a healthy diet

    Sticking to a nutrient-rich diet can help to thicken out your beard. Foods that contain vitamin A – such as dairy products, and cod liver oil – can promote hair which is healthier and stronger. This is because vitamin A encourages cell growth, and produces sebum which helps to keep your hair healthy. Vitamins B, C and E are also helpful. If you struggle to get enough nutrients from your diet, you could take vitamin supplements.

    Exfoliate regularly 

    Exfoliate and wash your face regularly to encourage blood circulation. Exfoliating using a cleanser eliminates dead skin cells and oils, promoting facial hair growth.

    Reduce stress and rest

    Stress can contribute to hair loss, so taking steps to reduce stress levels could help your facial hair growth. From socialising to meditation; there are many ways that you can seek to ease your mental tension. You should get enough rest and sleep – ideally between seven and nine hours a night – as insufficient sleep may contribute to hair loss.

    For more information, please refer to our article on how to avoid hair loss.

    Be wary of ‘miracle grows’

    You may come across a variety of miracle grow products or beard growth formulas on the market. It is wise to treat these types of products with caution, as there are scams which make bogus claims about the capabilities of these formulas.

    Beard transplant

    The best and most effective treatment for patchy beards and thicker facial hair is a beard transplant. The two techniques used for a beard transplant are the follicular unit excision (FUE) and follicular unit transplant (FUT) techniques:

    FUE beard transplant

    The FUE technique takes hair grafts as individual follicles from the donor area – usually the back of your scalp. After the hair follicles are taken with tiny punches, they can be transferred to your facial hair area, where they are placed in holes that have been prepared in the recipient site. Your new facial hair will fall out initially, before growing back in 4 to 12 months, resulting in a denser beard.

    FUT beard transplant

    This technique removes hair grafts as a strip from the donor area before this incision is closed with stitches. The strip is then divided up into smaller sections using a surgical tool. These grafts are then placed into holes prepared at the recipient site. Once the transplanted hair follicles fall out, your new facial hair will then grow within 4 to 12 months.  

    man with white beard

    Beard transplant benefits

    The Treatment Rooms London offers beard transplant surgery to those with a patchy beard. These techniques they offer give the following benefits:

    • Permanent results as the procedure doesn’t require updating
    • A natural look using real hair
    • Only requires local anaesthetic
    • Is able to hide pre-existing scars or burns if necessary
    • You can shave or trim your new beard as normal
    • Gives you several options for beard styles

    Patchy beard growth

    Let’s wrap up this article with some quick tips and tricks on how to grow your beard after a beard transplant:

    • Avoid touching your beard for five days after treatment
    • Gently pat your face dry but not your beard after washing
    • Don’t swim in a pool for four weeks
    • Sleep flat on your back to avoid increasing swelling
    • After 14 days, you can start to trim, comb, or apply oils to your beard

    Get in touch 

    If you suffer from a patchy beard or a lack of facial hair growth, why not get in touch with The Treatment Rooms London? Our expert surgical team offers years of experience in dealing with hair and beard transplants, and provides a personalised care package. 

    Discover more about beard transplants at The Treatment Rooms London – call us on 020 8706 0076 or use the contact form

    Sources:

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/expert-answers/stress-and-hair-loss/faq-20057820

    Authored by

    Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Roshan Vara

    Dr Roshan Vara

    Full Medical Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

    GMC Registered - 7458409

    Reviewed by

    Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Dilan Fernando

    Dr Dilan Fernando

    Royal College of Surgeons

    Executive Committee Member & Treasurer of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

    GMC Registered - 7458157

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