Hasid or Hipster?

Brooklyn Men Willing to Pay Big Bucks for a Hairier Face

Plastic surgeons in New York say they're seeing men paying up to $7,000 for facial hair transplants.

Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn are among the follicly-challenged men feeding a growing trend in New York: facial hair transplants.

New York City plastic surgeons say they're seeing an increasing number of men paying up to $7,000 for a more hirsute look, reported DNAinfo, a digital news service about New York.

"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 DNAinfo.

As the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg has become better known for its hipsters than its Hasidim, a lot has changed, but one thing both groups have in common is hairy faces. Or in the case of some, wannabe hairy faces.

In addition to Hasidic Jews, who tend to come in for denser sidelocks, doctors told DNAinfo their clients include men who have struggled since adolescence to grow a beard 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.