Long hair follicular unit (FUL) transplantation was developed by Dr. Pierre Bouhanna and is currently one of the most reliable and effective hair transplant techniques. It is particularly recommended for patients with low or medium hair density. FUL transplants allow for the removal of up to 4,000 hairs in a single session, without shaving.
The advantages of an FUL transplant (FUT with long hair):
- Corrects alopecia in a permanent and natural way
- Suitable for men and women
- Allows up to 4,000 hairs to be removed in a single session, without prior shaving
- Suitable for medium to low hair density
What is an FUL transplant (FUT with long hair)?
This is a variant of the FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation technique, which was developed by Dr. Pierre Bouhanna. It does not require prior shaving of the donor area.
The surgeon removes a strip of scalp, from which he extracts the follicular units. These follicular units are then implanted into the bald area to create natural looking density.
The FUL technique has two main advantages: it allows the hair to be easily sorted according to its thickness, color and growth direction, so that the aesthetic result of the graft is particularly natural and harmonious. The other advantage is that the FUL method allows up to 4,000 hairs to be extracted at once. The surgeon can thus correct most alopecia in a single session.
For which patients?
An FUL transplant without shaving can be performed on both men and women. It is particularly recommended for patients who do not shave their hair and whose donor area has an average or even low hair density.
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What happens during the procedure?
1st step: removal of a strip of scalp
Step 2: Graft extraction
3rd step: preparation of the area to be grafted
4th step: graft implantation
FUL transplant without shaving FAQ
YES – The procedure takes an average of 2 to 5 hours. The duration of the procedure depends on the number of hairs to transplant.
NO – The transplanted hair falls out after a few days and usually starts to grow back after two to three months. It takes nine months to see the final results of an FUL.
YES – They are even permanent, since the transplanted hair comes from an area not affected by alopecia. The patient’s transplanted hair will be renewed for the rest of their life.
NO – There is no risk of rejection if the implantation techniques are well respected. This is because the grafted hair is the patient’s own.
NO – Your scar will not exceed one millimeter in width. Moreover, it will be hidden by the hair. If several grafting sessions are needed, the surgeon will take a new strip to remove the old scar if possible. As a result, there may be only one scar, which is also very thin.
NO – The procedure is completely painless. It is performed under local anesthesia.
YES – Since there is no shaving involved, you can resume social and professional activities the day after the procedure. Long hair will cover the donor area and the grafted area, on which small scabs will develop for about two weeks. An edema may appear on the forehead. It will disappear after one to four days. You will have to wait three weeks before you can resume sports activities. You may experience some discomfort in the hours following the procedure, which can be reduced by taking painkillers.
NO – We recommend an FUL transplant for patients with low or medium hair density.
YES – This combination is often recommended in case of significant alopecia (large baldness), because it can significantly increase the total number of follicular units that can be harvested. A relatively dense donor area and a flexible scalp are required.
NO – FUL is not a treatment for alopecia. It is a cosmetic correction that allows us to correct alopecia in a natural and permanent way.