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 19

Shave before FUE hair transplant

It is necessary to shave the donor zone (Back of the scalp) before an FUE hair transplant procedure.  However, the rest of the head typically does not need to be shaved especially in the hairline area.  Occasionally I will recommend it to patients with longer hair as sometimes creating recipient sites and placing the grafts is more difficult in patients with longer hair.  However in the hairline I find it not necessary in the majority of cases to shave.

Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Shaving of the scalp

Whenever possible, unless a patient feels comfortable with a shaved head, we will allow the hair to remain long.  With FUE, it is possible to remove the follicular units from narrow strips of shaved scalp, allowing us typically to obtain as many as 600 grafts.  Of course the recipient areas are not shaved not only for easier post op healing but also that these existing longer hairs allow for the appreciation of the angle and direction of hair growth.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Transplant and Head Shave

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.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Shave head before hair transplant

Yes, you always need to shave your donor area. However, if you are a suitable candidate, you do not have to get your recipient area shaved.

Melike Kulahci, MD
Turkey Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Do you Always Have To Shave The Head Before FUE Hair Transplant

Not always. Certainly in operations of say 1000 grafts (2000+ hairs) or more, it is more straight forward to shave the donor area. However, the recipient area at the front or top does not necessarily need to be shaved.

It is also possible to do partial shaving of the donor area, using your own long hair to hide shaven sections. This however, usually results in less donor available to move per operation.

Another alternative is to grow your hair very long and shave a wide donor area underneath it using the long layer of hair to hide it apron-style. This could especially useful in women who prefer FUE to strip FUT.

Bessam Farjo, MBChB
Manchester Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Does one have to shave the head for an FUE

That depends upon how many grafts. There are ways to work around a large shaved area to include:

1) long haired FUE which we limit to 400 grafts
2) keeping the hair long to cover the shaved areas
3) shave the scalp in stripes like a step ladder with hair between each rung on the ladder. This can be see easily on the web reference below and we can do up to 800 graft that way when puhsed by the patient

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Yes and No

In general you need to shave the donor area.  If it is a small number of grafts (under 1000) and you have long hair you can shave a portion of hair and hide the shaved areas. 

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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The short answer is that one typically shaves down the donor (back) area of the scalp prior to an FUE procedure.  That said, smaller FUE procedures (500-750 grafts) require a small linear area to be shaved and provide for better camouflage.

In our practice, we utilize platelet rich plasma (PRP) n virtually every transplant case which, in our experience, promotes significantly faster healing in the donor and recipient areas.

Best of luck!

Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 92 reviews

Shaving for FUE Hair Transplantation

For a standart FUE surgery it's almost a must to shave the donor site (back of the scalp) but for the recipient site it's possible not to shave the hair. On the other hand as it will look odd mostly the patients prefer to have a total scalp shaving.
Rarely if the amount of graft that I need is less than 2000 and the patient hair is longer than 5 cm it is possible to perform the fue extraction with small sized shaving and let the patient have the comfort of faster social downtime.

Ilker Apaydin, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Shave your hair before a procedure

The necessity of shaving the back of your scalp will depend upon how many FUE grafts are harvested and your doctor and you will make that judgment.  

John E. Frank, MD
New York Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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