Men want to maintain their beard for selfies! (Photo: Twitter)
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Selfies Motivate Young Indian Men to Get Their Beard in Shape

If you are jealous of young Indian men sporting that perfectly styled beard and wish to wear one to not only woo your lady but also join the latest “shapely beard” fad to impress friends on the social media, the time is just right for you.

According to cosmetic surgeons and skin specialists, the quest to catch up with the latest trend of growing and styling beard and moustache has, of late, inspired several young adults visiting them for that “perfect patch” of the facial hair involving medications and even surgical techniques.

There is certainly a demand for a more sharpened beard these days. People come to get their facial hair sharpened and shaped in order to attain that perfect rough look. Sharpening is done using laser treatments.

Dr Anup Dhir, Cosmetic Surgeon, Apollo Hospital

According to experts, young men want to increase hair density, get rid of excessive hair on cheeks just below the eyes as well as neck and even get hair transplants in a few cases.

Beard No More a Bad Boy’s Style

Fans love to see Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan sporting a beard. (Photo: The Quint)

A strong desire to look better than the rest is really forcing young men to make a beeline at cosmetic clinics across the country. Sporting a beard and twirling moustaches are considered fashion statements nowadays. The trend seems to have come from celebrities, including actors and cricketers.

Dr Rohit Batra, Senior Dermatologist, Sir Gangaram Hospital

Batra gets 8 to 10 such cases every month and according to him, the trend has been on for three to four years and the frequency is increasing every day.

Gone are the days when long moustaches and beards were associated with bad guys and girls fell for clean-shaven men. At least, that is what several Bollywood movies showcase, with actors like Ranveer Singh sporting a twirled moustache in his latest hit film “Bajirao Mastani”.

The Hero of Hair Transplant

Pre and post hair transplant: Salman Khan. (Photo: The Quint)

In order to upload a perfect selfie on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, one wishes to look stylish.

Dr Navin Taneja, Director, National Skin Centre

Multiple independent surveys also claim that women find bearded men sexier than clean-shaven ones.

According to a recent survey by German consumer product company, Braun, that offers cutting-edge hair removal products, 53 per cent of men actually feel more attractive to women when they have a beard while 41 per cent feel more confident in general when they’re sporting beards.

Hair-growing treatments include hair transplant and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment. Those who have less or no hair go for these treatments.

“The cost varies between Rs 35,000 and Rs 50,000 for hair transplant. A session each for the further PRP consultation is charged at Rs 10,000,” Batra informed.

But one should consult experts before taking any hormonal therapy.

(Prasant Kumar writes for IANS. He can be contacted at prashant.k@ians.in. This article was published in special arrangement with IANS.)

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