March 4, 2014
How To Get A Hipster Beard
Modern medical science is astounding. We have learned to everything from how to clone ears onto mice to sequencing the whole human genome. Some medical procedures become fads, like tattooing eyeliner, or boob jobs. The latest fad is beards.
Now, I can hear you asking: What do medical advances have to do with growing beards? I’m glad you asked! Apparently, BEARD TRANSPLANTS are the actual fad, according to Reuters. Yael Halaas, MD, is a facial plastic surgeon based in Manhattan. Halass says that an increasing number of men in their late 20s to early 40s are undergoing this procedure, which can cost up to $7,000.
“The demand for it has definitely increased,” agreed Jeffrey Epstein, MD, a New York facial plastic surgeon who said he did 175 beard transplant procedures in 2013. “One reason is that whole hipster, casual way people like to look.”
There, he said it, the hipster look. Older men are transplanting hair TO their heads, the hipster group is transplanting hair FROM their heads to their faces. How well does that work, really? I’ve always thought the hair on a man’s head was a completely different texture and feel from his beard hair (much less anywhere else).
The transplant is done under local anesthesia, and can take up to ten months to fully flourish on the face. The majority of men asking for it are from some of the “coolest” neighborhoods in Brooklyn and they are willing to go as far as Florida to avoid suspicion.
“We’re seeing Brooklyn hipsters,” said Glenn Charles, a cosmetic surgeon from Boca Raton, Florida, who said a third of his beard transplant patients are from New York. “They are hiding away for a little while. It takes a week or so to heal up so you’ll have remnants of the surgery show for a week.”
Not all is well in hipster world with the beard transplant, however. The Chicago Tribune says that the transplant procedure has “killed the hipster.”
Men’s fashion trends just as much as women’s does, if not as fast. The last “big look” was the hairless androgynous boy look. Now, the trend is for casual clothes, porkpie hats and skinny jeans—and scruffy beards. Naturally grown, because-I’m-lazy, beards. Not transplants, which are more thoughtful and sculpted. Thus went the way of the hippie in the late 60s.
“The whole hipster-look thing was a trend,” Dr. Scot Glasberg, president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said in a phone interview. “But it’s not a trend anymore. These things change every five minutes.”
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