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The unkempt, hairy hipster look is driving a plastic surgery boom in New York, where baby-faced young men are flocking to doctors for beard transplants that can cost a whopping $8,000 .Facial surgeons with private practices in Manhattan and Florida say they have seen a phenomenal increase in demand in the last five years, and hipsters are leading the way.No longer the preserve of fishermen or aging academics, beards are the signature look of urbane men in their 20s and 30s who consider themselves witty, creative and politically progressive.Uber-trendy parts of Brooklyn may be New York's hipster hub but doctors say patients fly in from across the United States, Britain or even Australia.They say the boom is fueled not just by changing fashion, but rising awareness and social acceptance of hair transplants and improved techniques that result in pretty impressive beards.Halaas says she sees four to five patients a week for beard transplants.Glenn Charles works in Florida but told AFP he gets more beard transplant patients from New York than any other state.
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