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A great beard is a thing of beauty. But some people, especiallypathchy bearded hipsters in New York, are taking this “trend” to the next level — by getting beard transplants!
More and more New Yorkers are willing to pay a pretty penny for a big, beautiful beard, according to local plastic surgeons. Follicly-challenged hipsters from Williamsburg to Park Slope are dropping thousands of dollars on plastic surgery to boost their beard game and blend in with their neighbors. These facial hair transplants can cost from $3,000 for a fill-in of sections to $7,000 for a full beard. Apparently, many of them ask to look like George Clooney:
According to New York doctors, the procedure is growing in popularity. One Midtown plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, performs two to three beard implants a week, up from just a handful a decade ago.
The specific hipster-inspired style — a lumberjack-meets-roadie hybrid — was made popular in neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Bushwick and Park Slope, doctors and patients said. During the procedure, doctors remove hair from other body parts, including the head and chest, before implanting it in the face. New beards grow back normally and can be shaved.
The hair-raising trend is also popular with Hasidic Jews, and guys who simply aren’t very hairy, doctors said. “It’s the style. It’s just more common now to see scruff than 10 years ago,” said Dr. Yael Halaas, a Midtown plastic surgeon who performs the procedure.