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Mustache transplant involves the procedure of harvesting the healthy hair follicles from the donor sites of the patient's head and implanting them into the patched, thinned mustache region or creating a new mustache in persons without any mustache for congenital reasons. Mustache transplant is a very effective procedure for people who have asymmetric and non-dense mustache or whose mustache does not grow as desired due to various reasons such as alopecia areata, certain medications, burns, genetics, facial trauma, and hormonal conditions.

Who Is This For?

Healthy individuals who have thin mustache hair for hereditary or hormonal reasons, or due to an injury, trauma, burn or scar.

Treatment Duration

1-2 hours

Potential Risks & Side Effects

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve Damage
  • Scarring
  • Need for corrective surgery

Recovery Time

During the recovery period of mustache transplant surgery, the crusts will begin to heal from one week to ten days and there will be no scarring. The results are natural, consistent and permanent if the procedure is performed in good clinics and by experienced surgeons.

Success Rate: 95%

Alternative Treatments

There are no alternative treatments than mustache transplant for regrowth the damaged mustache hair follicles.

How Does it Work?

Just like in a hair transplant, mustache transplant specialists prefer using the FUE technique. The surgeon will harvest hair follicles from the donor area (mainly your head) and then implant them into the mustache area. If you don’t have enough hair in your donor area, the surgeon can also take follicles from your chest.

For your online consultation, we will kindly ask you to send your photos as shown in the Photography Guide down below, so we can evaluate your case.

What Does a Beard Transplant Surgery Involve?

Each and every beard transplant procedure is customized according to every patient’s needs, preferences, and the clinic’s practices. To help you better understand, here is the beard transplant step-by-step guide:

1.     Online consultations

First things first, an online consultation (between you and a Beard Transplant specialist) will be scheduled –this is done in order to make sure that you’re a suitable candidate for the beard transplant surgery. You will be asked to send some pictures of your face and head (from the front, left, and right sides of the face, mustache area, and the back of the head). After a Hair Transplant specialists reviews your pictures, you will be told the approximate number of grafts that you need. During the online consultations, expect the following questions:

  • Have you ever had a beard transplant before?
  • Do you have any medical conditions that we should be aware of?
  • Are you currently taking any medication?
  • What do you expect from the beard transplant surgery?

2.     Planning your trip and choosing the clinic

When you decide to have a beard transplant, our first step will be to present to you several detailed options of clinics and doctors. After you have chosen your preferred clinic and doctor, we will then set up an operation date and arrange your trip. All the dates are set according to your preferences!

We recommend that you arrive in Turkey a day before the surgery, so that you can have enough time to rest.

3.     Final consultation with your surgeon

When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your beard transplant surgeon. Part of the discussions will be about your expectations and goals. After this, the surgeon will make an illustration of what to expect by drawing marks on your new beard line. 

4.     Medical Examinations

Before the surgery commences, your surgeon will examine your overall health state by making different tests such as physical and blood tests. When the tests results are known, your final surgery preparation will begin.

5.     Preparation for surgery

As part of your final surgery preparations, your surgeon will give you local anesthesia. This is done so that you don’t feel any sort of pain or discomfort during the procedure. If your surgeon decides to use the FUE technique, the donor area will be shaved down. Suppose you have Trypanophobia (fear of needles), you will have to let us know during the first consultation so that we get you a doctor who can make anesthesia without using needles.

6.     FUE mustache transplant surgery

Once the anesthesia kicks in, the surgery will commence. Your surgeon will extract hair follicles one-by-one using microblade and micro punches. All extracted hair follicles will be stored in a container that has a special solution that keeps the grafts alive. Depending on the amount of hair follicles to be transplanted, it usually takes between 3 and 8 hours to complete the surgery.

7.      Check-up after the operation

A day after the surgery, you will meet with your surgeon for a post-op review, and it is during this session that the surgeon will give you some guidelines to follow during the recovery period.

What Should I Expect After a Mustache Transplant Surgery?

  • First of all, you should avoid wearying physical activities for the first 2 days.
  • 6 days after the surgery, you can start to moderate exercise and weight lifting.
  • You can swim after 10 days.
  • You should avoid direct sunlight for the first 2 weeks.
  • The graft sites will form scabs in 224 to 72 hours after the surgery, which will fall off in 4 to 6 days.
  • You may begin to shave eight days after the procedure.
  • Most of the transplanted mustache will fall out by 2 to 3 weeks.
  • It will take up to 4 months to newly transplanted mustache to grow.

Things You Should Do Before Surgery

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirins and any other meds associated with blood thinning.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • Patients advised to avoid smoking 24 hours before the surgery.
  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So you should not take in anything alcoholic 24 hours prior surgery.
  • If you are taking meds for chronic or acute diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, you should inform your surgeon before the surgery commences.  


Is Mustache Transplant Painful?

You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.

Does Mustache Transplant Leave a Scar?

In FUE facial hair transplant procedures, no pain is felt during the procedure, and there are no sutures or scars after surgery.

When Can I Shave After a Mustache Transplant?

You can start shaving eight days after the procedure. Most of the transplanted hair will fall out in two to three weeks. After this normal process, hairs begin to grow again after four months. When the hair grows again, you can shave them normally.


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