Is a Beard Transplant the Fix to Patchy Facial Hair in Your Early 20s?

You may undergo the ‘beard transplantation’ procedure to fix the problem of patchy facial hair in your early 20s. However, it is prudent to consult with the best beard transplantation specialist before undergoing this procedure since many men grow full beard in their 20s. The decision to wait for a few years or to undergo the transplantation procedure at your early 20s ultimately depends upon you as well as the specialist doctor. However, you can learn important points regarding the factors that affect the growth of beard and the necessity of undergoing the beard transplantation at your early 20s after reading this article.

Factors Responsible for Beard Growth

The cycle of testosterone hormone production starts when a boy enters the puberty. In some men, the facial hair may start growing immediately after entering the puberty. The testosterone hormone builds up over time. In many men, this hormone may continue to influence the growth of facial hair years after entering the puberty due to this reason. Thus, the thickening of facial hair may continue till a man reaches the age of 25. The possibility of growing thick facial hair is also influenced by the genetics. Therefore, a specialist has to consider a variety of factors when determining the appropriateness of beard transplantation procedure in your early 20s and can help you in making the right decision.

Reasons behind Patchy Facial Hair

  • Hormone

The dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone (derived from testosterone) is responsible for the ‘male pattern’ baldness as well as patchy beard. You may notice excessive hair-loss leading to baldness if the hair follicles are sensitive to DHT. The surplus production of DHT also negatively affects the hair follicles and prevents them from growing hair in the future. These adverse effects of DHT are equally noticeable on the facial hair and it can cause patchy beard.

  • Genetics

According to the geneticists, some genes may be responsible for male pattern baldness and patchy beard. These genes are usually passed on via the X-chromosome of maternal side.

  • Alopecia Areata

You may have patchy beard due to alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune disease that can be treated. It can cause hair loss all over the body. Therefore, it causes baldness alongside causing the patchy beard. This condition can affect both men and women. You may notice an improvement in the condition of patchy beard with treatment of alopecia areata.

A specialist of hair transplantation will find out the reason behind the development of patchy beard before determining the appropriateness of beard transplantation in early 20s.

Stages of Beard Growth

The growth of beard usually follows this age pattern.

  • 11-12 years

First facial hair emerges after the onset of puberty and grows on either side of the upper lip.

  • 16-17 years

The growth of facial hair continues and extends over the upper lip.

  • Until 18 years

The hair starts to extend down from the sideburns and down from the lower lip.

  • 17-21 years or After 21

The facial hair continues to grow along the lower face

Some men grow full beard after the age of 21. It depends upon the testosterone level.

Is Beard Transplantation the Fix to Patchy Hair in Your Early 20s?

You have to find the answer to this question after consulting with a specialist for male hair loss treatment. It is safe to undergo the beard transplantation procedure at your early 20s. However, you may have delayed growth of facial hair and your facial hair may grow thicker without transplantation by the age of 30 years. Thus, there is no harm in waiting for a few years.

The back of the head is selected as the donor site during the hair/beard transplantation procedure. The follicles found in this area are usually resistant to DHT. Therefore, it is less likely for you to lose the transplanted hair follicles if they are collected from the back of your head.

The beard transplantation procedure is generally performed following the FUE (follicular unit extraction) technique. During the procedure, a specialist will strategically extract each follicle from the donor site. The loss of hair from the donor site is not noticeable. However, you will lose many DHT-resistant follicles in this scenario. Therefore, you may not have sufficient hair follicles for the natural hair transplant if it is required in the future. This is an important point to consider before undergoing beard transplantation in early 20s. An experienced and reliable hair-transplant specialist can help you in making the right decision.