Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Alejandro (also known as Alex)was born with a large congenital nevus on the right side of his face. He underwent procedures as a young child to have the dark regions removed and replaced with a skin graft taken from his neck. Although this solved the issue of having a noticeable area of discoloration on his face, the newly inserted skin lacked the ability to grow a normal beard, unlike the left side. Alex really wanted to have normal looking beard growth on both sides of his face. Dr.U helped him by performing a series of two life-altering beard reconstruction procedures to create the beard and sideburns that he had always wanted for
Learn more about this teen’s procedure and experience in this inspiring video.
Before Photos – Facial Beard Transplant
Alex provided the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinic childhood photos which portray what he looked like with his congenital nevus.
The before image below shows Alex as a young adult with the skin graft taken from his neck area to replace the congenital nevus. Since it was derived from the beard regions of his face and neck, it started to grow thick hair on his right cheek. Dr.U had to then perform a laser hair removal procedure to permanently end this unwanted growth.
Procedure Photos – Beard Construction For Inspirational Teen
Dr.U’s main objective was to transplant donor hair into the right side of the face to pattern the left side as a near-to-perfect mirror reflection. The importance of this goal could not be underestimated. Any deviation between the left and right sides would stand out to onlookers.
He carefully studied the existing characteristics and subtle growth details already in place on the left side of the patient’s face. Dr.U remarked that nature had already created a well-designed beard on the left side. And it was his mission to reproduce exactly what nature had accomplished. The first step was to figure out what hair types to use to best match the existing hair caliber on his left side.
Regular hair from the patient’s scalp was a poor option for completing both sides of his beard. They were far too thick.
Dr.U determined that his nape hair  would be the best and closest choice. However, the overall available quantity was not sufficient. He then decided to incorporate leg hair into the overall donor pool. This finer quality hair also provided the detail for replicating the hair growth found along the margin edges, the upper borders of the beard marking the transition between the hair growth and bare areas of the face. According to Dr.U, the upper border of the beard is critical and cannot appear harsh. Thick hair from the scalp would make these edges look rather artificial.
Here are photos depicting the planning, insertion phases of the patient’s procedure.
Dr.U marks off the regions and shape of the patient’s overall beard reconstruction results *
To achieve the desired density and fullness, Dr.U carefully selected appropriate hair types to match the thickness of Alex’s beard hair which was already in place on the left side of his face. He then decided to source thin caliber donor hair from his nape and leg.
Non-head hair cannot be harvested using basic, general FUE punches which are adequate for penetrating the skin present on the scalp. However, these instruments pose a huge risk when it comes to the harvesting of excising hair outside the scalp which tends to grow in much softer skin environments. The rotational behavior or regular FUE punches would then exert a much higher potential for damaging non-head hair follicles.
To overcome the challenges posed by drastically different skin thicknesses, Dr.U invented a new and revolutionary type of technology system which he refers to as Dr.UGraft Zeus. This advanced hair transplant resource is built with different rotational performance settings that are safe enough for any skin terrain beyond just the scalp. Alex’s beard hair reconstruction was performed using Dr.UGraft Zeus to safely extract grafts from the nape and leg donor regions.
Second Phase of Los Angeles Teen’s Beard Construction Procedure
The patient’s overall beard reconstruction was divided into two surgical phases. For the second procedure, Dr.U enhanced the results created by the first surgery. Not only did he insert more grafts for a fuller-looking appearance, he also sharpened the beard transition contours.
Markings on the left photo depict the planning for the refined beard contours which will have sharper transition points that adjoin the patient’s mustache *
Before and After Images
The patient is shown before his beard restoration and after his second procedure *
The patient’s final beard reconstruction results help camouflage the seams of his skin graft inserted on the right side of his face *
Alejandro is an inspiration to his fellow high-school students and everyone around him, including the staff at the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinic in Los Angeles.
Learn more about the patient’s journey from his congenital nevus removal to his beard reconstruction, made possible with Dr.UGraft Zeus technology.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I am not able to grow a beard at all. Would I be eligible for a beard reconstruction procedure with Dr.U?
A beard restoration procedure is still appropriate even for individuals who do not have the genetics to grow out a beard or other types of facial hair. Dr.U will determine the best hair type to use (i.e. your existing scalp and/or body hair ) to create natural-looking beard growth for your face. If an adequate donor type and graft quantity are available, he would be able to work one-on-one with you to finalize an overall vision that would best compliment your appearance.
Do I have to use leg or nape hair if I want to undergo a beard construction procedure performed with Dr.UGraft Zeus? Can this system also extract regular scalp hair?
Thinner hair would be an important detail for the outer transition borders of the beard (i.e near the hollow of your cheeks). Thick scalp hair may create harsh and abrupt lines which could potentially look very contrived and artificial. The use of leg and/or nape hair is not a mandatory requirement. It is certainly possible to utilize Dr.UGraft Zeus to safely harvest hair from your scalp. The final choice for your donor hair types would depend entirely on what factors would look most natural for your appearance in the end.
I don’t like the shape of my natural beard hair growth. Is it possible to redesign new contours that would look better on my face?
With Dr.U’s beard hair reconstruction procedures, you don’t have to feel restricted to the facial hair patterns that you are genetically born to have. Dr.U would be able to take your vision into consideration and design the overall contours and transition points to create the best-looking appearance for your particular facial characteristics.
References Umar, Sanusi MD, Eyebrow Transplants, The Use of Nape and Periauricular Hair in 6 Patients, Dermatologic Surgery: December 2014 – Volume 40 – Issue 12 – p 1416-1418