When more facial hair is desired, Dr. Epstein can create the desired look, whether to the entire beard or specific areas such as the goatee or sideburns, using techniques he has largely developed. Facial hair transplants can also be used to conceal acne and other types of scars, as well as restore hair lost as a result of prior laser hair removal. The donor hairs most commonly come from the scalp, which typically grow like normal facial hair in their texture and other characteristics, and can be shaved or trimmed as desired.
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedative. Taking four to eight hours to perform, each graft is individually harvested by FUE techniques, then dissected down to contain just the hairs that are then placed into hundreds to thousands of recipient sites, each made one at a time by Dr. Epstein, with attention to the angle, direction, and position.