NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It seems beards are back in style and some men are paying big bucks to get that scruffy look.
As CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported, it can be tough for some men to grow a full beard, so now, some are paying to get the beards they desire with facial hair transplants.
Dr. Yael Halaas, a facial plastic surgeon, said in her practice the number of men going for facial hair transplants has more than quadrupled.
“We’re taking hairs from the back of the head usually and transplanting them, individual, follicle by follicle into the beard hair area,” Halaas explained.
The transplant can cost up to $7,000 and Halaas said it normally takes one procedure, then the transplanted hair grows on its own.
Halaas said the shaggy trend is really hot in hip Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Park Slope and Williamsburg, where Hsu talked to residents who both agreed and disagreed with the hairy procedure.
“I prefer beards. I think they’re handsome, masculine, attractive,” said Brooklyn resident Jessica Foster.
Foster’s boyfriend, however, likes to go clean shaven.
“I just like a clean-cut look honestly and everybody in Williamsburg right now has a beard, so I want to look a little bit different,” Aaron Doherty said.
“I personally prefer my boyfriend without one because as you know, it can be very very ticklish,” said Brooklyn resident Sandra Shafer.
“I don’t like beards that much but stubble is OK,” Williamsburg resident Kaylene Cordero told Hsu.
Then there’s Diane and Eddy Fenton, who are celebrating 45 years of wedded bliss, and only once in all that time did he shave off his facial hair.
“It just made his chin look shorter and his face look round and I laughed until it grew back out,” said Diane Fenton.
Now, if you’re not into beards, some men shave them off when it gets warm and spring is only three weeks away. That’s certainly something we can all celebrate.
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