While many popular methods used to stimulate facial hair growth do not provide results, a hair transplant is one option for men who want to grow a beard. The process involves removing hair follicles from the back of the head and implanting them in the face. After the transplant, the hair in the follicle falls out and the follicle produces new facial hair.
A surgeon usually completes facial hair transplants in a private office. The process sometimes takes up to one day. As of 2013, the cost of a transplant ranges from $1,000 to $8,000, depending on the number of hair transplants the patient requires. Before deciding to have a facial hair transplant, the patient should speak with his doctor and surgeon about the benefits and risks of the procedure.
A common misconception regarding hair growth is that shaving a beard makes the hair grow back thicker. Keeping the hair cut short initially makes each hair appear thicker by removing the thin ends. As the hair grows back, it develops the same texture and fullness as before shaving. Shaving cannot increase the number of hair follicles on the face, so it does not produce a fuller beard. Many teen males who begin to grow facial hair during puberty can grow a beard, but the process requires patience, taking two to three months.