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 (12)

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.

Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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
4.5 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

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.

Amir Yazdan, MD
Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Does the Head Need to be Shaved for an FUE Hair Transplant?

FUE technically necessitates shaven follicles to be extracted using a punch.
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.

Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Shaving before FUE Hair Transpalnt

The answer is No.

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.

Parsa Mohebi, MD, ABHRS
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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. 


Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Is Shaving necessary before Hair Transplant

+1 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.

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD
Oakland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Shaving the head before Hair Transplantation


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
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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