Shave Head Before Hair Transplant

planning a FUE procedure in way to improve my hairline. Do you alsways have to shave your head before undergoing it? i hope you say no!

Doctor Answers (8)

Hair Transplant and Head Shave

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The donor site where we take the grafts that are used will have to be shaved.  However, where the grafts are implanted does not have to be shaved.  If your hair is long enough in the back, there is an option to try to camouflage your donor site.  We have had many patients that are not able to tell their hair was even shaved.  It can be very discrete with the right length of hair.


Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

You do not have to shave your head just have it short and only partial scalp

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Depending on the FUE technique used and number of graft the are that has to be cut short may vary. We utilize a few different approaches - whole back of the head cut short, just a strip about 1 inch wide or utilizing a temporary extension/hair piece until your hair grows out

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

FUE and a shaved head for hair transplants

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Head shaving depends on the size of the case and the device used.   FUE and the devices like Artas Robot Hair Transplants and Neograft FUE are different then FUT/strip approaches.  It really is best to go in and talk to a doctor in person about this so they can look at your hair type and hair restoration needs. 

 

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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Is Shaving necessary before Hair Transplant

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No...it is unnecessary to shave your head before undergoing a hair transplant.  The surgeon needs to be able to see the direction of hair growth, so it is best not to shave.

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The donor area has to be shaved for any significant number of FUE grafts

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It is common not to shave the recipient areas for follicular unit hair transplants. If strip harvesting is done, only the hair on the strip is trimmed down. Therefore when the donor site is stitched up, the sutures are usually completely hidden by the surrounding longer hair. The recipient area is best not shaved so the surgeon can assess hair direction.

If FUE (follicular unit extraction) is the method of harvesting and you are receiving 1000 to 3000 grafts ( which today is a a common situation) the surgeon would have to shave down large donor areas to harvest the grafts. If you have very long hair, perhaps it can be used to hide the shaved area until the hair grows back.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD
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Shaving the head before Hair Transplantation

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DO NOT shave the scalp prioor to hair transplant surgery. It is very important to see the direction of the hair shafts when harvesting the donor hair to avoid injury to the underlying hair follicles.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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No you do not.

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We never shave the head in 30 years of doing hair transplants and flaps. The most important thing is how much density you will need and how much donor area you will have in the future. You might look at the Fleming-Mayer flap before deciding which technique you will like the best 20 years from now as well as the total cost.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Do not shave head prior to hair transplant

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It is not necessary to shave your head prior to undergoing a follicular unit hair transplant by either the strip technique or follicular unit extraction. 

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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