Slide13A severe car crash two years ago left Bill grateful to be alive and with a large contracted scar below his nose. The resulting scar prevented hair from growing in the area and it served as a painful daily reminder of the accident.

“People wouldn’t look at my smile, they would stare at my scar, and I really wanted to do something to cover it.”

Unfortunately, attempts to surgically revise the scar were not successful. After speaking with several doctors, Bill met a plastic surgeon who suggested that he contact Dr. Boden who has a particular expertise in follicular unit extraction (FUE).

In FUE, hair follicles are removed one-by-one from permanent hair-bearing areas and then meticulously re-implanted into areas of hair loss. Dr. Boden felt that Bill was an excellent candidate for this procedure.

Typically hair follicles are extracted from the back of a person’s head and then re-implanted into the bald or thinning areas. Bill’s case was unique because the hair follicles were removed from the beard area and implanted into the scarred mustache area.

“The texture and color of the beard most closely resemble the mustache hair and Bill’s scar could effectively be concealed with living, growing hair,” explained Dr. Boden. “Transplanting hair from the beard is a good option for men with facial hair loss in the mustache or sideburn areas and with individual follicular unit extraction, there is no evidence of scarring in the donor area.”