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Mustache transplant is a popular hair loss treatment for men. It may be performed as a single procedure; however, hair specialists often conduct mustache transplant treatment together with other facial hair transplants such as beard transplant or even eyebrow transplant. In Europe, mustache transplant procedure gained popularity in recent years together with growing trend for maintaining facial hair rather than shaving it totally. Mustache transplant, similarly to beard transplant, is usually performed using follicular unit extraction technique (FUE). It is due to the precision of FUE treatment and possibility of the meticulous design of new facial hair combined with the lack of visible scars in the donor area.

Mustache Transplant Candidates

Until recently, facial hair transplants, and especially mustache transplant, were performed in order to help patients who due to medical condition or accident (severe burns etc.) were deprived of natural facial hair. However, in recent years many patients complaining about the lack or low density of hair are deciding for mustache hair transplant. Therefore, if you are not happy with your mustache’s look, you may think about visiting hair specialist in order to get mustache transplant.

Am I Suitable for Mustache Transplant?

As long as you don’t suffer from spot baldness or diffuse pattern alopecia, you are free to decide to undergo mustache transplant treatment.

Preparing for Mustache Transplant

As in the case of other types of facial hair transplant through follicular unit extraction technique, the key element of preparations for mustache transplant is not using any blood thinners, including popular aspirin, for around a week before the procedure. In this way, the danger of excessive bleeding during mustache transplant is significantly decreasing.

How is Mustache Transplant Performed?

Mustache transplant is performed with follicular unit extraction method. Hair specialist harvests hair grafts usually from the back of the patient’s head. In FUE method, 1-4 hair is picked up in every graft. Then, the seemingly untouched units are being grafted in the mustache area. Follicular unit extraction due to this precision allows more creativity and modeling of future mustache growth. This way of mustache hair transplant provides the best possible results and doesn’t result in scarring. The only minus is the amount of time taken by this hair growth treatment (due to precise hair grafting), which is longer than in the case of FUT.

Mustache Transplant Summary


Local anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Hospital stay is not required

Duration of Operation

2 to 5 hours

Number of Trips Abroad


Mustache Transplant Recovery

Mustache transplant recovery is quite quick. After the hair growth, treatment patient is free to go. On the second day, he is able to resume his normal activities including working. However, more strenuous activities should remain limited for some time. One of the key advice regarding mustache transplant recovery period is keeping the mustache area dry in order to provide good conditions for the development of new hair.

Mustache Transplant Risks and Complications

While hair grafting through follicular unit extraction leaves only tiny incisions, still there is a small possibility of minor infection, easily suppressed with antibiotics. Apart from this, abnormal swelling and bruising may appear after mustache transplant. In this case, it is recommended to contact your hair specialist.

Mustache Transplant Side Effects

Initially, the donor area, as well as mustache area, may be a little bit swollen as a result of mustache hair transplant, similarly to other types of facial hair transplant. It is totally normal and there is nothing to worry about as long as it isn’t extensive. Additionally, expect your new hair to fall off two weeks after your mustache transplant. There is nothing to worry – they will regrow in two-three months. It’s just how the process goes.

Mustache Transplant Success Rates

It is estimated that in the hands of skilled hair specialist, 90% of hair grafted in mustache transplant procedure will survive. The most important factor for survival of grafts is experience and skills of your doctor, so choose wisely.

Before and After Mustache Transplant

Naturally, patients want to experience a significant change before and after mustache transplant. In the hands of skilled hair specialist, mustache hair transplant should finish with spectacular change. New hair will start to grow naturally after two-three months from this facial hair transplant procedure and you will be happy to see a fully-grown mustache in the place where there was no hair before.

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Mustache Transplant FAQ

Is Mustache Transplant Procedure Safe?

Yes, in comparison to other cosmetic medicine procedures, mustache hair transplant is relatively safe, the only (and rare) risk being a minor infection. Therefore, there is nothing to be worried about.

Will I Be Happy from my Mustache Transplant Results?

Assuming that you choose a good hair specialist (for example from the list above), you will be pretty much satisfied with your new look after mustache transplant. In the hands of a professional, 90% of hair grafts should survive.

Why Follicular Unit Extraction for Mustache Transplant?

While it is a somewhat longer procedure, FUE treatment guarantees no permanent scarring as well as allows for free shaping of the new mustache. Therefore, most of the mustache transplants are performed with follicular unit extraction technique.