As a part of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery (AAFPRS) Faces of Honor program, Dr. Epstein donated his time to restore the facial hair Jones lost during an IED blast almost ten years ago.
The pro-bono hair restoration procedure, valued around $16,000, took Dr. Epstein over eight hours to perform. Using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Dr. Epstein harvested roughly 3,000 hair follicles from a donor site on Jones’ lower scalp.
Each follicle was then individually placed along the target area, creating new eyebrows and a beard.
Jones was wounded in 2004 when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Luckily, he suffered only minor injuries, but the bomb’s heat deadened the hair follicles on his face.
Jones feels like the permanent change in his appearance erased a piece of his personal identity. “Some people might look at me and say I don’t need hair,” Jones said, “but this is important to me. I want to look normal.”
The Faces of Honor program was created by he AAFPRS to assist soldiers injured during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. For Jones, a married father of one, having his facial hair and eyebrows restored will be life changing. “The beard and facial hair will put him in harmony with how he feels. It’s going to make a difference,” Dr. Epstein states.
With 22 years of experience, Dr. Epstein is one of the world’s most recognized experts in hair restoration. To date, he has performed more than 9,000 hair restoration procedures.
The founder of the Foundation for Hair Restoration, Dr. Epstein has developed his own innovative transplant techniques which allow him to bring long lasting, natural looking results to every patient.
If you or someone you know is troubled by lost or thinning hair, contact the Foundation for Hair Restoration at 305.666.1774. Dr. Epstein is available for consultations in Miami and New York City, as well as online.
Foundation for Hair Restoration
6280 Sunset Drive
Miami, Florida 33143