Shave Head Before Hair Transplant
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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.
Shaving of the scalp
Shave before FUE hair transplant
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Does the Head Need to be Shaved for an FUE Hair Transplant?
For high graft numbers, total shaving of the donor area is mandatory.
For small graft numbers like 1000-1400, a limited shaven technique could be used. This is either shaving the lower part of the donor area in case the patients hair is long enough to cover it, or areas of strips shaven so that the hairs above each strip is enough to camouflage them. However this method is not advised, due to causing different densities at various parts of the donor area that may cause cosmetic problems later.
The recipient area may not be shaved during an FUE hair transplant, although the transplanted density will inevitably drop due to limited visibility of empty areas. Another drawback of not shaving the recipient area is prolonging operative time. Since graft extractions may take many hours, it is usually not a good idea to prolong the duration even more at the recipient site incisions phase and the placement phase, which would keep the grafts out of the body for too long.
Shaving before FUE Hair Transpalnt
We don't always shave. Hair transplant could be done without any shaving, minimal shaving or strip shaving that could be hidden by longer neighboring hair. However, if you need a large number of grafts (over 2000) the surgeon needs to have access to a large area of scalp and more extensive shaving might become necessary. I recommend to my patients to keep their hair as long as they are comfortable with and in many cases we can keep the shaved area minimally visible after the procedure.
We also offer smaller FUE procedures (up to 500) that we don't have to shave at all. For these patients we cut short individual hairs that are to be harvested and there won't be any shaved area on the donor or recepient area after the procedurs. We call this procedure: Celebrity FUE Transplant due to its popularity among celebrities.
You do not have to shave your head just have it short and only partial scalp
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
FUE and a shaved head for hair transplants
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.
Is Shaving necessary before Hair Transplant
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.
The donor area has to be shaved for any significant number of FUE grafts
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.
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