Not everyone who wants to grow a thick, full beard is able to accomplish this feat. There are many factors that can interfere with facial hair growth, from basic genetics to hormonal fluctuations and certain medications. If you are 25 years of age or older and still are not able to grow in a thick beard, you are not alone. There are ways to overcome patchy facial hair and enjoy an attractive, full beard.
What Causes a Patchy Beard?
Not everyone is born with the natural ability to grow a full beard. Obviously, you must have male levels of testosterone to promote facial hair growth – most women have very little visible hair on their face, if any. But testosterone is not the only factor that determines how much and where your facial hair will grow. Some of the other causes of a patchy beard include:
- Alopecia areata
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Lifestyle factors such as stress and poor sleep
- Low DHT
- Fungal skin infections
- Inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis
- Damaged skin or scarring
Some causes of a patchy beard can be mitigated with lifestyle changes and medications. If your patchy beard is caused by hormone imbalance, alopecia or skin infections, there are treatments that can help remedy these issues. Improving your diet, stress management and sleep patterns can be beneficial if these are contributing to your scarce facial hair. However, when it is genetic or there is damage to the hair follicles, the best solution may be a beard transplant.
Transplant Procedures for Patchy Beards
Filling in the sparce areas in your beard with hair graft transplants can achieve the appearance you desire. The follicular unit extraction (FUE) method is a meticulous and effective option for harvesting follicles from other areas to transplant on the face. In a few months, you can have the thicker, fuller beard you always wanted with natural, attractive results.
If you are ready to explore a beard transplant procedure to obtain the facial hair you desire, give us a call at Avance Hair Transplant. Call our office in the Reno/Lake Tahoe, NV area to schedule your consultation with Dr. Erez Dayan, our hair transplant specialist and plastic surgeon.