Hasidic Jews Pay $7K for 'Beard-Transplant' Therapy

Doc Says Hipsters and Transgender Men Also Crave Bushier Look

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By Forward Staff

Published February 26, 2014.

Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn are reportedly paying thousands of dollars for facial hair transplants that allow them to have fuller beards.

New York City plastic surgeons say observant Jewish men are among the prime markets for their procedure that runs up to $7,000, DNAinfo reported.

“Whether you are talking about the Brooklyn hipster or the advertising executive, the look is definitely to have a bit of facial hair,” Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a facial plastic surgeon who has performed the procedure for 12 years, told the web site.

It’s not just Hasidim that are seeking a fuller facial look. Beards and mustaches are becoming hipper as young men seek alternative looks.

Hasidic Jews tend to come in for denser sidelocks, doctors told DNAinfo. Other clients include men who have struggled since adolescence to grow proper beards and women undergoing sex changes to become men.

Facial hair transplantation restores hair to areas where hair growth is thin or missing. It can be performed on beards, sideburns and cheeks, though the most common places are the goatee and mustache areas, Epstein says on the website for his Foundation for Hair Restoration medical practice.



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