A hot new trend that first appeared on the streets of Brooklyn is catching the attention of hip male urbanites in other parts of the country. Described as lumberjack-meets-roadie, the manly scruff seems to have originated with the up-and-coming 20- and 30-somethings in the flourishing visual art community around Park Slope, Williamsburg and Bushwick. The “hipster beard” has become so popular that it has launched demand for facial hair transplants!
Plastic surgeons in New York City say demand for beard transplants has increased dramatically. The procedure is similar to a hair transplant. Under local anesthetic, hair is removed from the back of the scalp (or sometimes the chest) and transplanted into the beard area. Surgeons say the procedure has a high rate of success, but it takes about a week for signs of the surgery to fade and can take up to 10 months for the beard to grow in.
Medical tattooing offers an effective alternative to hair transplants that provides attractive results you don’t have to wait for. Using a specialized hair stroke technique, Whitney Center medical tattoo experts are able to create the appearance of hair where there is none. The technique can be used to camouflage scars in the beard area, fill in patchy or thin beards and hide bald patches, giving your beard an attractive, even, natural appearance. For many men, medical tattooing offers a faster, more reliable way to get the hipster beard look that women love.
Beard transplants run the gamut from the well beyond 5 o’clock shadow favored by actor Jake Gyllenhaal to George Clooney’s well-groomed chin to the mountain man scraggle favored by the Duck Dynasty gang. Beard transplants seem to appeal most to younger men who have always had a hard time growing facial hair and to men who have a patchy natural beard or scarring in the beard area, sometimes from acne, that interferes with hair growth. Some men in their 40s are also signing up to give themselves a more youthful appearance – and a competitive edge at the office.
Something to think about if you’re considering a beard transplant or medical tattoo, a British study found that women considered men with light stubble most attractive and available for a relationship while men with full beards were considered older, more masculine and more aggressive. The most requested beard? The Brad Pitt.