When people think of hair loss, they usually picture a receding hairline or a complete loss of hair on the scalp. However, baldness doesn’t occur only on the scalp. It can take place anywhere on the body, including the beard.
Dealing with beard hair loss can be very frustrating, especially if you’re used to growing a long beard. Bald patches in the beard don’t look very pleasant and can negatively affect your confidence.
Fortunately, there are many solutions to this problem, but let’s see what causes it before exploring your treatment options.
What Is the Reason for Hair Loss in the Beard?
The most common reason for hair loss in the beard is Alopecia Barbae. It’s a form of autoimmune disease that affects your facial hair.
The disease makes your immune system attack healthy hair follicles by mistake, causing them to fall out. They fall out in patches that are usually coin-sized but can become larger over time.
This type of facial hair loss is a type of alopecia areata, which causes hair to fall out from the scalp, also in patches.
Another type of condition is Alopecia Totalis, which causes the loss of all hair on the head, that is, both scalp and facial hair.
A similar condition is Alopecia Universalis, which causes the loss of all body hair, even eyelashes and eyebrows.
Bald spots in the beard can also appear as a side effect of chemotherapy treatments. Those treatments usually cause hair loss on the scalp, but some patients also experience bald patches of hair in the beard.
What Can Be a Solution for Hair Loss in the Beard?
There are many solutions for hair loss in the beard that can stop the inflammation that’s causing the loss of hair.
However, we highly recommend you don’t buy any over-the-counter creams or medications before consulting with a dermatologist first. The right diagnosis is paramount for addressing the cause effectively.
Your dermatologist will take a skin biopsy to extract a bit of your hair and analyze it to determine what is causing it to fall out. That way, they can devise the right treatment plan to help you restore your beard.
Some of the most popular solutions are steroid creams and corticosteroids that reduce inflammation in the body. The latter ones are available both as a topical and injectable solution.
Another treatment is Anthralin or Dithranol, which is a cream for treating psoriasis, but it can also be effective in treating autoimmune hair loss.
Minoxidil or Rogaine is also often used to stimulate hair regrowth. It’s a topical cream that improves blood flow to the hair and provides visible results in about three months.
Yet another solution for hair loss in the beard is Diphencyprone (DPCP). Topical DPCP immunotherapy helps treat Barbae and advanced Areata by causing an allergic reaction that causes the immune system to reduce inflammation.
While all these treatments are effective, they don’t always restore the entire hair. Some bald patches may persist, and new hair may not be as thick as before. It may also have a slightly different color.
Beard Hair Transplantation as a Natural and Permanent Solution
Hair transplantation is a minimally-invasive and permanent solution for any type of hair loss. It stimulates natural hair growth, so you don’t have to worry about any patch of hair loss persisting after the surgery.
At Dr. Emrah Cinik Hair Hospital, based in Istanbul, Turkey, you can get a first-class beard hair transplant that will enable you to grow a full, thick beard and restore your masculine charm.
The procedure is done using an advanced Automated FUE technique. It involves extracting hair grafts from a donor area with a motorized punch tool and implanting them into the recipient (balding) areas. It doesn’t leave any scars and provides permanent results after just a few months.
Dr. Emrah Cinik Hair Hospital is one of the most renowned hair restoration clinics in Turkey and beyond. Dr. Emrah Cinik and his medical team pack years of experience in the hair restoration field and boast top-notch skills and expertise.
If you have any questions about the procedure or you’d like to schedule a hair transplant with Dr. Emrah Cinik, contact us today to get your free consultation.