AMWC 2014 – New hair transplants

Doctor Pierre Bouhanna presented at the Congress of the AMWC in Monaco ( on 4 April 2014 on the value of new hair transplant by follicular units.

The various techniques of hair transplantation permit a permanent and aesthetic correction of most forms of alopecia. It is advisable to seek medical treatment with minoxidil lotion, finasteride tablets for men or antiandrogen for women or injection of PRP – platelet injections.

Dr. Bouhanna stressed the appeal of using two methods of hair transplants. The first method is a graft extraction of follicular units (FUE) on a scalp shaved at the donor site, the hair is removed with a tiny cylindrical instrument less than one millimeter in diameter either manually or operated automatically by a motor. This method is especially recommended in patients who shave.

The second technique is the long hair transplant (FUL) and is most prevalent in cases where the scalp is not shaved. A strip is taken from the occipital donor region and will be resealed using the trichophytic method to make the scar removal almost undetectable. And anyway, Dr. Bouhanna said it was still possible in a second round procedure to put some FUE grafts on this very fine line to cover any scarring. This long hair technique allows the patient to have a vision of what his result will be, especially since 4000 to 5000 hairs can be implanted in one session. The surgeon has the opportunity to better choose each hair to give the correct orientation as well as the caliber and the color.

These techniques all produce satisfactory results. The right choice will better treat patients who have the habit of shaving by choosing the FUE technique. For patients who have long hair or those who do not wish to be shaved as well as in African American patients, the technique with long hair will be preferential.

Dr. Bouhanna also confirmed that technological advances now allow not only the treatment of the majority of cases of androgenetic alopecia in men and women but also the permanent alopecia in African-Americans patients after repeated braids or pull, scars after radiotherapy for cancer and finally to reconstruct hairy areas such as eyebrow transplants, beard transplants and mustache transplants.