Wannabe Hipsters Seek Beard Grafts

Stubble-impaired men pay thousands for transplants

Feb 26, 2014
Outside Magazine
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An angelheaded hipster and his beard    martiapunts/Getty Images

If you can't grow a beard, buy one.

As DNAInfo.com reports, plastic surgeons are increasingly seeing men interested in facial hair transplants to patch hairless gaps in their beards or construct a full beard for that scruffy hipster look.

The New York Post says the trend is no longer associated with the Brooklyn hipster look. Jeffrey Epstein, a Midtown-based plastic surgeon, says he performed just a handful of these procedures a couple years ago. Now he sees up to three beard-seeking patients per week.

"[Clients] want full beards because it’s a masculine look. Beards are an important male identifier," Epstein told the Post.

Grafted facial hair typically comes from another part of the patient's scalp or chest. Patching up a spotty beard costs around $3,000, and a full beard construction can run $8,500.

"I have a baby face, but now I'm able to look older. My fashion statement is a little edgy, and I do like the 'rugged look,'" a patient named Danny told the Post.

Obviously, these men didn't follow our Guide to Your Best Beard.

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