[Skin Concerns] Messed up my face with a beard transplant.. | Kr Laser

published on Jan 21, 2020

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Hi /skincareaddiction!

This is long, and I hope it’s in the right place. I really hope I can get some help here. So, I recently decided to fuck my life up by getting a beard transplant almost 3 weeks ago. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve never been able to grow a single hair on my entire face (excluding eyebrows) yet I’ve always yearned to grow a beard. I researched beard transplants for nearly a year, from the different techniques used, to other specifics (post op care, beard styling, complications, etc). I consulted with a few different clinics here in America and I was quoted for some big numbers.. $10,000+.. I then found a “reputable” clinic in Turkey. Apparently, Turkey is all the rave with hair restoration. A few friends have also gone to this same clinic and have had good results. I mean, it sounded wonderful. I would pay $1750 for consultations, a COVID19 test/bloodwork, the surgery, 3 nights at a good hotel, and a chauffer to and from the airport. Then I’d explore the beautiful city known as Istanbul, eat wonderful food for cheap, and come back home after a decent mini-vacation. The flight was also cheap. Awesome, right? Wrong. Here is where the problems start.

The clinic was extremely unprofessional; I didn’t have an English translator for the majority of my experience with the clinic; the procedure was excruciatingly painful – the idea of dying on the table to escape the pain didn’t seem bad at the time; many of the post-op directions were unclear and contradicted the post-op care provided by many other clinics (found this info through Googling different hair restoration clinics); the hair placement doesn’t seem natural – and it was impossible to tell until after the scabs fell out, so it’s not I would have corrected it during the surgery process; and now that I’m back in America, there is little response on their end when I message them for treatment options. Their last response after I complained about bumps and scarring was, “Wait 2-3 months and it should go away.” which by the way, is completely different than what other clinics mention. Inflammation should go down in the first few days, and there should not be bumps left behind after the surgery. I could go on about the nitty details, like how the hotel they advertised wasn’t the same one I went to, or how I had to wait hours at the airport because my ride was late, but I digress.

I learned a valuable life lesson, right? Anyways, I am feeling pretty down, but I better suck it up and try to improve my situation. I visited my dermatologist when I got back and he can’t do much for me, understandably. He said he has no experience in hair restoration. I’ve followed the post-op care provided by the clinic I went to, have taken all my medications for swelling, antibiotics and pain, and wash according to their instructions. Nothing is really working. I’m just not sure where to turn to, and I hope that I can at least somewhat try to remedy my fucked up situation. Thank heavens COVID19 is making us wear masks, that’s my only saving grace at this point! LOL

What would I like to address? I have many prominent bumps and scars (I think?) on my chin and mustache area, and it’s near impossible to show my face without a mask. Apparently, and I didn’t come across this before getting the surgery done, it’s considered a horrible idea to get any hair put in to the soul patch area, because of how easy it is to get scars and other complications. I’m totally lost on what I should do. If it helps, my skincare routine before this transplant was: Cetaphil facial wash in the AM and PM, Clindamycin wipes AM and PM, and a moisturizer AM and PM. Would love any and all advice. Thanks for reading.

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PS to anyone reading this: In case it wasn’t clear, please DO NOT get a fucking beard transplant, especially one overseas. That is all.

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