If you were born without the genes to grow a full beard, here’s one piece of reassuring news: You were born at the right time to fix that.
Thanks to science, and a healthy pinch of vanity, you can now gerrymander the hairs on your head, resulting in a fuller beard—with little visible difference made to the scalp itself. Yes, beard transplants have existed for a while now, but they’re more effective than ever.
To get the scoop on the increasingly popular procedure (and the current medical capabilities), we spoke with Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, dermatologist at Foundation for Hair Restoration in Miami, FL. Epstein has administered more than 500 beard transplants.
The first thing to know is that the transplanted hairs come from your scalp, primarily the back where the hair is thickest and most resembles that of the beard. “These hairs will grow like beard hairs,” Epstein says. Even if your hair and beard are slightly different colors, Epstein says that it won’t look unnatural, and in hundreds of beard procedures he has performed he has never had a patient with coloration issues.