Beauty is
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Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Wolfgang Funk - Head physician at the Cosmetic Clinic Dr. Funk Munich

Academic CV Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Wolfgang Funk:



Personal information


First name:Wolfgang


Acad. Title:Dr. med.
Dr. med. dent.

specialist for
Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery
Maxillo-Facial Surgery and Plastic, Aesthetic Operations

Address:Klinik Dr. Funk
Klinik für ästhetische und Wiederherstellungs­chirurgie
Frau-Holle-Straße 32
81739 München

Tel.:+49 (0) 89 / 60 60 900

Fax:+49 89 / 60 61 604



“Beauty is our profession”

After his medical degree he conducted a 6½-years medical specialist education in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and got an additional degree in plastic and aesthetic surgery

In addition he passed 3½-years medical specialisation in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic-plastic surgery at the Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro with Prof. Dr. Ivo Pitanguy

4-years medical specialisation in maxillo-facial surgery


Dr. Funk is known for his experience and competence in aesthetic surgery. He has a distinct mind for harmony and aesthetic for patient’s appearance. The synergy effect between his dexterity, his steric imagination combined with his portfolio of adjuvant and appropriate techniques is supporting his tremendous positive results in function and patient satisfaction.




School Education

  • 1976  A-levels at the home school Lender in Sasbach, Baden



Course of studies


1976 - 1983
Studies of human medicine at Saarland University

1983Graduated with a state examination

1983 - 1984Studies of dental medicine at Saarland University

1984 - 1987Studies of dental medicine at Münster University

1987Graduated with a state examination



Doctoral theses


  1. Superioreal access to the extratemporal portion of the n. Facialis, its anatomical basis values in relation to the sex, the side, and the distribution pattern (Magna cum laude)

  2. Development of an organ culture-essay for studying the impact of chemotherapy on human scalp hair follicles (Magna cum laude)






1987 - 1988
Specialist training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Osnabrück at Prof. Esser Municipal Hospital

1988 - 1992Specialist training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Karlsruhe at Prof. Geiger Municipal Hospital

1993Appointment as a specialist for oral and maxillofacial surgery

1992 - 1994Training in plastic surgery

1994Recognition as plastic surgeon

1984 - 1996Regular fellow of the Ivo Pitanguy clinic and 38th Infirmary of Santa Casa General Hospital (Pontificia Universidade Catolica Do Rio De Janeiro) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1996 - 1998Further training assistant for plastic, aesthetic and hand surgery in Ulm with Prof. Hofmann

2001State examination and appointment as a specialist in plastic, aesthetic surgery UAE



Professional career


1983 - 1984
Scientific Council at the Anatomical Institute of the Saarland University

1984 - 1988Scientific Council at the Anatomical Institute of the Münster University

Since 1995Chief physician of the Dr. Funk Clinic (formerly, Dr. Kozlowski Clinic) for plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery

Since 2007Specialist Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

Since 2008University lecturer at the Academy of plastic, aesthetic facial surgery at the University of Witten-Herdecke (postgraduate master's course)

Since 2008University lecturer at the University of Greifswald in the D.A.L.M. department



Employment abroad


1979 - 1980
Trainee in Goodyear General Hospital in Dolok Merangir, Sumatra

1994 - 1995Trainee in the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital New York, Prof. Sherrell J. Aston



Demo operations


2004Brazilian Congress for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery (Facelift Surgery)

2008Indian Congress for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery (Facelift, Endo-Forehead, Nose and Neck Surgery)

2009Indian Congress for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery (Chin Augmentation and Aesthetic Hand Surgery)

2010Indian Congress for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery (Facelift)

2013Indian Congress for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery (Face- and Neck Surgery and Autologous Fat Transplantation)

2018Brazilian Congress for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery ( New technique for Neck lift)




Foreign languages

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese




Current scientific fields of work

  • Laser medicine in aesthetics
  • Development of plastic, aesthetic surgical techniques for guaranteed identity preservation
  • Hair follicle maintenance and regeneration
  • Aesthetic, plastic surgery




Current scientific fields of work


Das alternde Gesicht [The aging face]
(Textbook on cosmetic dermatology Worret/Gehring, 2004, 6.2-169)


Das alternde Gesicht [The aging face]
(Textbook for plastic aesthetic surgery Lemperle, 2nd edition, Lfg.6/99, III-2)

Handverjüngung [Hand rejuvenation]
(Textbook for plastic aesthetic surgery Lemperle/von Heimburg, 14th edition, Lfg. 11/05, VIII-4)

Human scalp hair follicles are both a target and a source of prolactin, which serves as an autocrine and/or paracrine promoter of apoptosis-driven hair follicle regression.

Foitzik K, Krause K, Conrad F, Nakamura M, Funk W, Paus R.
Am J Pathol. 2006 Mar;168(3):748-56.

Towards the development of a simplified long-term organ culture method for human scalp skin and its appendages under serum-free conditions.

Lu Z, Hasse S, Bodo E, Rose C, Funk W, Paus R.
Exp Dermatol. 2007 Jan;16(1):37-44.

Human hair follicles are an extrarenal source and a nonhematopoietic target of erythropoietin.
Bodó E, Kromminga A, Funk W, Laugsch M, Duske U, Jelkmann W, Paus R.
FASEB J. 2007 Oct;21(12):3346-54. Epub 2007 May 31.

Dissecting the impact of chemotherapy on the human hair follicle: a pragmatic in vitro assay for studying the pathogenesis and potential management of hair follicle dystrophy.
Bodó E, Tobin DJ, Kamenisch Y, Bíró T, Berneburg M, Funk W, Paus R.
Am J Pathol. 2007 Oct;171(4):1153-67. Epub 2007 Sep 6.

T-oligos as differential modulators of human scalp hair growth and pigmentation: a new "time lapse system" for studying human skin and hair follicle biology in vitro?
Hadshiew I, Barre K, Bódó E, Funk W, Paus R.
Arch Dermatol Res. 2008 Apr;300(4):155-9. doi: 10.1007/s00403-008-0833-6. Epub 2008 Feb 1.

Profiling the response of human hair follicles to ultraviolet radiation.
Lu Z, Fischer TW, Hasse S, Sugawara K, Kamenisch Y, Krengel S, Funk W, Berneburg M, Paus R.
J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Jul;129(7):1790-804. doi: 10.1038/jid.2008.418. Epub 2009 Jan 22.

Funk W, Metelmann HR
Injizierbare Implantate in der MKG-Chirurgie [Injectable implants in OMS surgery]
(MKG-Chirurg 2009, DOI10.1007/s12285-009-0094-1;1-6)

Does erythropoietin modulate human hair follicle melanocyte activities in situ?
Bodó E, Wiersma F, Funk W, Kromminga A, Jelkmann W, Paus R.
Exp Dermatol. 2010 Jan;19(1):65-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0625.2009.00938.x. Epub 2009 Jul 23.


Metelmann HR, Funk W
Schön und gut - Wie wir uns unser Gesicht wünschen [All right - how we'd love to have our faces]
(FACE International Magazine of Orofacial Esthetics 2009, (4):56-58)

Thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH): a new player in human hair-growth control.
Gáspár E, Hardenbicker C, Bodó E, Wenzel B, Ramot Y, Funk W, Kromminga A, Paus R.
FASEB J. 2010 Feb;24(2):393-403. doi: 10.1096/fj.08-126417. Epub 2009 Oct 13.

Thyrotropin-releasing hormone and oestrogen differentially regulate prolactin and prolactin receptor expression in female human skin and hair follicles in vitro.

Langan EA, Ramot Y, Hanning A, Poeggeler B, Bíró T, Gaspar E, Funk W, Griffiths CE, Paus R.
Br J Dermatol. 2010 May;162(5):1127-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2010.09676.x. Epub 2010 Mar 10

Endocrine controls of primary adult human stem cell biology: thyroid hormones stimulate keratin 15 expression, apoptosis, and differentiation in human hair follicle epithelial stem cells in situ and in vitro.
Tiede S, Bohm K, Meier N, Funk W, Paus R.
Eur J Cell Biol. 2010 Oct;89(10):769-77. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcb.2010.06.002. Epub 2010 Jul 24. Erratum in: Eur J Cell Biol. 2013 Feb;92(2):87.

TSH is a novel neuroendocrine regulator of selected keratins in the human hair follicle.

Ramot Y, Zhang G, Bíró T, Lisztes E, Funk W, Ingber A, Langbein L, Paus R.
J Dermatol Sci. 2011 Oct;64(1):67-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2011.06.005. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

Aesthetic satisfaction soring - introducing an aesthetic numeric analogue scale (ANS-Scale)

Journal of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery
July 2011

Thyrotropin-releasing hormone selectively stimulates human hair follicle pigmentation.

Gáspár E, Nguyen-Thi KT, Hardenbicker C, Tiede S, Plate C, Bodó E, Knuever J, Funk W, Bíró T, Paus R.
J Invest Dermatol. 2011 Dec;131(12):2368-77. doi: 10.1038/jid.2011.221. Epub 2011 Sep 29.

Funk W, Metelmann HR
Von Botulinumtoxin bis Kinnimplantat - Wie das Gesicht im Leben altert und was Sie dagegen tun können [From botulinum toxin to chin implant - How the face ages during life and what you can do about it]
(ästhetische dermatologie & kosmetologie 5.2011)

Funk W, Podmelle F, Guiol C, Metelmann HR
Aesthetic satisfaction scoring - Introducing an aesthetic numeric analogue scale (ANA-scale)
(Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2011 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print])


Metelmann HR, Podmelle F, Müller-Debus Ch, Funk W, Westermann U, Hammes S
Ästhetische Lasermedizin [Aesthetic laser medicine]
(Der MKG-Chirurg) 2011

Endocannabinoids limit excessive mast cell maturation and activation in human skin.

Sugawara K, Bíró T, Tsuruta D, Tóth BI, Kromminga A, Zákány N, Zimmer A, Funk W, Gibbs BF, Zimmer A, Paus R.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Mar;129(3):726-738.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2011.11.009. Epub 2012 Jan 9.

Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) may award relative protection from interferon-γ-induced collapse of human hair follicle immune privilege.

Kinori M, Bertolini M, Funk W, Samuelov L, Meyer KC, Emelianov VU, Hasse S, Paus R.
Exp Dermatol. 2012 Mar;21(3):223-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0625.2011.01432.x.

Dopamine is a novel, direct inducer of catagen in human scalp hair follicles in vitro.
Langan EA, Lisztes E, Bíró T, Funk W, Kloepper JE, Griffiths CE, Paus R.
Br J Dermatol. 2013 Mar;168(3):520-5. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12113. Epub 2012 Dec 12

Tumour necrosis factor alpha, interferon gamma and substance P are novel modulators of extrapituitary prolactin expression in human skin.
Langan EA, Vidali S, Pigat N, Funk W, Lisztes E, Bíró T, Goffin V, Griffiths CE, Paus R.
PLoS One. 2013 Apr 23;8(4):e60819. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060819. Print 2013.

Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) promotes wound re-epithelialisation in frog and human skin.
Meier NT, Haslam IS, Pattwell DM, Zhang GY, Emelianov V, Paredes R, Debus S, Augustin M, Funk W, Amaya E, Kloepper JE, Hardman MJ, Paus R.
PLoS One. 2013 Sep 2;8(9):e73596. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073596. eCollection 2013.

Hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis hormones stimulate mitochondrial function and biogenesis in human hair follicles.
Vidali S, Knuever J, Lerchner J, Giesen M, Bíró T, Klinger M, Kofler B, Funk W, Poeggeler B, Paus R.
J Invest Dermatol. 2014 Jan;134(1):33-42. doi: 10.1038/jid.2013.286. Epub 2013 Jun 27.

α-Melanocyte-stimulating hormone: a protective peptide against chemotherapy-induced hair follicle damage?

Böhm M, Bodó E, Funk W, Paus R.
Br J Dermatol. 2014 Apr;170(4):956-60. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12759.

Abnormal interactions between perifollicular mast cells and CD8+ T-cells may contribute to the pathogenesis of alopecia areata.

Bertolini M, Zilio F, Rossi A, Kleditzsch P, Emelianov VE, Gilhar A, Keren A, Meyer KC, Wang E, Funk W, McElwee K, Paus R.
PLoS One. 2014 May 15;9(5):e94260. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094260. eCollection 2014.

Differential effects of caffeine on hair shaft elongation, matrix and outer root sheath keratinocyte proliferation, and transforming growth factor-β2/insulin-like growth factor-1-mediated regulation of the hair cycle in male and female human hair follicles in vitro.
Fischer TW, Herczeg-Lisztes E, Funk W, Zillikens D, Bíró T, Paus R.
Br J Dermatol. 2014 Nov;171(5):1031-43. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13114. Epub 2014 Oct 30.

PRESTO-Facelifttechnik [PRESTO facelift technique]

Identitätserhaltendes kosmetisches Ergebnis [Identity-preserving cosmetic result]
Der MKG Chirurg / Springer
Volume 8 Issue 3 September 2015

Thyroid Hormones Enhance Mitochondrial Function in Human Epidermis.

Vidali S, Chéret J, Giesen M, Haeger S, Alam M, Watson REB, Langton AK, Klinger M, Knuever J, Funk W, Kofler B, Paus R.
J Invest Dermatol. 2016 Oct;136(10):2003-2012. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2016.05.118. Epub 2016 Jun 25.

Transepidermal UV radiation of scalp skin ex vivo induces hair follicle damage that is alleviated by the topical treatment with caffeine.

Gherardini J, Wegner J, Chéret J, Ghatak S, Lehmann J, Alam M, Jimenez F, Funk W, Böhm M, Botchkareva NV, Ward C, Paus R, Bertolini M.

Anatomical Determinants of Facial Identity: The central importance of retaining ligaments and SMAS
Journal of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery 2017
ISSN 23472-1905 Volume 3 No 1:3

PRESTO lift - a facelift that preserves the retaining ligaments and SMAS tethering

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery
Volume 21 Number 1 March 2017


PRESTO lift - a facelift that preserves the retaining ligaments and SMAS tethering
PubMed Us National Library of MedicineNational Institutes Health
March 2017

Thyroxine (T4) may promote re-epithelialisation and angiogenesis in wounded human skin ex vivo.

Zhang GY, Langan EA, Meier NT, Funk W, Siemers F, Paus R.
PLoS One. 2019 Mar 29;14(3):e0212659. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212659. eCollection 2019.

Wichtigkeit der Identitätserhaltung beim Facelift [Importance of preserving the identity during the facelift]

Der MKG-Chirurg
Mai 2019 Volume 12 Issue 2 pp 65-77 Cite as

Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists Stimulate Human Hair Growth ex vivo.
Hundt JE, Sass S, Funk W, Bíró T, Farman N, Langan EA, Paus R.
Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2019;32(6):344-348. doi: 10.1159/000501729. Epub 2019 Sep 13.

Theophylline exerts complex anti-aging and anti-cytotoxicity effects in human skin ex vivo

Bertolini M, Ramot Y, Gherardini J, Heinen G, Chéret J, Welss T, Giesen M, Funk W, Paus R.
Int J Cosmet Sci. 2019 Oct 21. doi: 10.1111/ics.12589. [Epub ahead of print]

Minimalinvasive nichtoperative Methoden in der Gesichtsästhetik [Minimally invasive non-surgical methods in facial aesthetics]
From filler to thread lift
Behandlungsaufgaben / Minimalinvasive Maßnahmen / Ästhetische Zonen [Treatment objectives/minimally invasive measures/aesthetic zones]
Springer 2019
ISBN 978-3-662-57374-7

Monasterium Laboratory Münster
Skin & Hair Research Solutions
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