Formation of Beard (474 FUE beard grafts): Carlos K. Wesley, M.D. (NYC & LA)

To provide a more well-defined shaping of his facial hair, this 42-year-old man visited the office of Dr. Carlos K. Wesley to undergo an follicular unit extraction session in which a total of 474 beard grafts were harvested from beneath his mandible and placed into the donor area as shown.

His hair follicles were incubated in autologous (his own)platelet rich plasma (PRP) throughout the duration of the procedure. This, combined with an ATP-containing storage solution has been shown to enhance survival of transplanted hairs.

Rather than a larger FUE punch used by a robotic approach, Dr. Wesley used a smaller caliber 0.8mm hand-held motorized punch to performed the donor harvest. This approach better enabled the capture of donor hair roots that are slightly curved beneath the skin surface. Upon completion of the harvest, the patient’s donor area was treated with PRP and ACell in order to not only minimize scar tissue formation, but also encourage partial regeneration of donor hair follicles.

The patient was seen shortly after his procedure and images of the patient can be seen below. This link illustrates the timing of hair growth after surgery. Similar patient hair transformations with Dr. Wesley and his team may also be viewed.