Facial Hair for Men: Less or More?

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In general, facial hair is pretty much a no-go for most women. With the exception of eyebrows, which are trending right now with the popularity of bushy-browed model Cara Delevigne and social media memes like #browgameonpoint, ladies are growing out their brows and going bigger and more dramatically arched.

For men, however, facial hair is a fashion statement that can convey a strong message about personal style. It’s interesting to note, though, that at the same time that beards are having a big “moment” for American men, increasingly high numbers of gents are also seeking laser hair removal for facial hair. This dichotomy is both interesting and surprising. Let’s look at the two opposing facial hair trends – and see why when it comes to facial hair, men either want to go big or go bare.

Laser Hair Removal for Men: Less Is More

As is often the case, we always want what we can’t have. While some men are pining away for a bushy beard, other guys are made miserable by their untamed facial hair and seek laser hair removal to finally rid them of the frustrating follicles. Some men prefer the fresh-faced, clean-shaven look. For these guys, daily shaving rituals, itchy, painful stubble, and frustrating ingrown hairs are all part of a maddening process.

Fortunately, laser hair removal can free men of the need to slave away at shaving permanently. The treatment is relatively painless and offers full facial freedom, making LHR well worth the cost for men who just can’t stand being chained to the Bic and Barbasol. Laser hair removal for men offers a permanent solution to unwanted facial hair in only a few sessions. In general, six to nine treatments between two and three months apart will get the longest-lasting results for a face as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Beard Transplants: More Is More

Beards are all the rage right now in America. You can’t turn on the television without seeing bushy-faced Vikings or medieval warriors sporting “face-manes” on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Big city hipsters will claim that they started the beard trend and knew it was cool before it was even cool. Then again, the same goes for all their most dearly held trends: the skinniest skinny jeans, the most ironic of ironic t-shirts, and the most vintage of vintage wing tips.

For all the popularity of beards, however, there are some men for whom the hair-faced look just isn’t achievable. For these guys, the preference for the lumberjack look can be frustrating if their facial follicles just won’t cooperate. Fortunately, advances in hair transplanting technology can put the lavishly bearded look within reach.

Facial hair transplants are complex and highly intricate surgical procedures. They require a highly skilled hair transplant surgeon in order to make incisions at precisely the right angle to ensure that the transplanted hair follicle grows in the proper direction. Hair follicles are harvested from other parts of the body – often the back of the head provides ample intact follicles from which the surgeon can select transplantable hairs – and carefully placed in the chosen location.

Some men opt to have nearly a full beard’s worth of hair follicles transplanted, especially if they have little to no natural facial hair. It’s also possible to fill in bald patches within an existing beard. Once successfully transplanted, the hair will grow just like natural strands do; it can be trimmed or shaved into a variety of ironic beard shapes that would make any red-blooded hipster turn green with envy.