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How To Get A Thicker and Fuller Beard

The University of New South Wales in Australia has found that women find men with beards more attractive and more suitable to fatherhood and protection. That same study found that men consider men with heavy stubble or higher as being more masculine than clean-shaven men. As we are all genetically predisposed to wanting to appear as masculine and dominant as possible, this is only a good thing when you are sporting a beard.

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How To Get A Thicker, Fuller Head Of Hair

Hair loss changes the way we look and the way we see ourselves. Whether real or perceived it can make us look and feel older than our actual age. It can even give the impression of being unwell or unhealthy. If this bothers you then how to get a fuller, thicker head of hair. The knee jerk reaction can often be to jump in and find the fastest solution. Hopefully, this works out well, but in case you want to put a little more thought into it here are a few tips. There is nothing wrong in wanting a better head of hair. But it is important to understand why and what can be achieved. Very importantly the decision you make will make you happy.

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5 Reasons To Choose A FUE Hair Transplant

A hair transplant works because some hair can be removed from around the back and sides of your head (donor area) that is genetically healthy and strong and immune from the baldness gene.

How the hair is removed is dictated to the hair transplant technique used. Some candidates are suitable for either technique whereas others may be better suited to one over the other.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

“FUE” or to use the full name, Follicular Unit Extraction, is the movement of genetic groups of hair known as follicular units (FU); “bunches” of hair usually 1 to 4 hairs.

A micro cylindrical surgical punch surrounds the FU and with a great deal of skill and precise measurement of skin and hair angles the FU is encompassed within the punch.

  • FUE leaves no linear scarring
  • Post-operative recovery is faster and easier
  • Able to “cherry pick” FU to suit the area of placement
  • Widens the donor area to expand the number of FU available in conjunction with Strip
  • Gives a new alternative to repair patients to widen the harvesting potential, especially with the advent of BH

FUE leaves no linear scarring. Any surgical procedure will produce some scarring and FUE is a medical/surgical procedure so scarring is a side effect of having the hair transplant technique. Unlike the FUT – Follicular Unit Transplant technique that leaves a linear scar FUE does not. Because a small round punch is used a small wound is initially made. As the area heals and the skin complexion relaxes the punch marks become harder to see and blend with the surrounding hair and skin. Assuming the area has not been over-harvested and the skin heals well the extraction will be spread around the back and sides of the head to reduce any visible signs of the hair extraction.

Post-operative recovery is faster and easier. A benefit to FUE is the recovery can be easier with generally fewer restrictions on the individual´s movement and activities. You have still undergone a surgical procedure so all care needs to be taken to ensure the best healing possible and no damage is caused so always follow the instructions given by the Clinic and if in doubt ask them to clarify the do´s and don´ts.

Able to “cherry pick” FU to suit the area of placement. As FUE removes the hair follicles one-by-one it is possible to remove the ideal looking hair grafts for a specific area of your hair restoration. This is especially so with small procedures and hairline work that can require finer hairs opposed to thick coarse hairs to ensure a natural soft hairline is designed.

Widens the donor area to expand the number of FU available in conjunction with Strip. For advanced hair loss stages, it is not always possible to cover the entire area of hair loss with one technique or procedure. This is simply because regardless of the technique a priority is to the healing and safe removal of the hairs and this restricts the amount that can be removed. By using both hair transplant techniques can maximise the total number of hair grafts that can safely be removed and give a candidate with advanced hair loss the maximum coverage possible in one procedure.

Gives a new alternative to repair patients to widen the harvesting potential, especially with the advent of BH. Due to the type of extraction using a small punch tool hair can be removed from a wider area around the sides and back of the head and even from other areas of the body such as beard, back, and chest. This will help to achieve the maximum number of hair grafts that will help those with advanced hair loss when their traditional donor area is restricted or limited and those that have undergone previous hair transplants and the donor area is impaired. FUE can also be used to add hair back into the donor area and specifically into old strip scars to help camouflage the linear look of the old scar.

Choosing the hair transplant technique to use is not always an option but sometimes dictated by the necessity to achieve the best result for both the donor area and the hair growth over the top of your head.

The hair transplant diagnostic will be looking to measure the patients´suitability to achieve a natural result, quantifying aspects such:

Donor hair density
Donor Surface Area Size
Hair Characteristics
Scalp Laxity
The best technique to use, either the FUE or FUT hair transplant technique

With all this information the hairline can then be designed taking into consideration age of the individual, current hair loss stage, potential hair loss stage and the assessment of graft numbers available now and overall in the future.

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Difference Between Beard and Scalp Hair

What have beard and scalp hair got in common if anything? They grow so close to each other they are probably basically the same. Unlike skin and nails hair characteristic change depending on the area of the body it grows.

Hair grows in cycles with three separate steps but facial hair has a much shorter growth phase compared to scalp hair. On the scalp, this cycle lasts for years; on the face, it is a matter of months.

The anagen phase or growth phase other two growth phase transitions to catagen- when growth stops and the falling out phase, telogen.

Androgenic hair growth is dependent on the male hormone testosterone, male pattern baldness the genetic hair loss condition in men is understood to be caused by a by-product of testosterone that triggers the baldness gene. Ironically, this same process can stimulate healthy and strong hair growth of the beard and body.

Beard hair tends to be thicker than scalp hair, coarser in hair characteristics and often wiry in comparison.

The scalp hair can be straight or with only a slight wave but the beard hair grows thicker and curly, this is due to the shape of the follicle in the skin.

It is possible for the scalp hair to remain the original hair colour whilst the beard can turn grey.

Hairs grow in groups known as follicular units, on the scalp depending on the area the groups can vary from one to four hairs, with the larger groupings found around the back of the head. The beard grows in mainly single hairs with the odd two hair follicular unit group.

Beard transplants are becoming more popular with men wishing to give either more definition to the shape of their beard or simply add volume and fullness. Scalp hair is added to the existing beard and over a period of healing and growth matures to fill out the new look beard. Due to the differences with the two sets of hairs the beard needs to be groomed to maintain a balanced even look.

Beard hair has also be used over the top of the scalp and to repair unsightly scarring within the existing hair growth. It is important a match is maintained between the two hair types otherwise they will not blend and result in an unnatural pattern of hair growth.

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5 Body Hair Transplants Facts

Body hair (BH) is becoming more used in hair restoration, from the chest, beard, even legs and back.

BH is generally used when repairing a previous poor hair transplant and when the traditional donor hair has been exhausted (the hair around the back and sides of the head).

A few things to know about body hair:

1. Body hair has a different growth cycle to scalp hair, generally not growing as long

2. The texture characteristics of BH are generally different to scalp hair, so a match is harder to make

3. Scalp hair grows in natural groupings, with an average of 2.2 hairs per group; BH general are single hair groups

4. BH is usually extracted using the FUE technique (BHFUE)

5. If using anti DHT treatments it can effect the quality of growth of the body hair.  

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