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.
You need to shave the donor site before a FUE Hair Transplant
Thank you for your question. With the FUE method of hair transplants, you will need to shave the donor site (back of the scalp) before your procedure. The good news is that in most cases you will not need to shave the entire head, permitted that the recipient transplant site is easily accessible. I typically recommend that my patients get their hair cut the week before their FUE hair transplant procedure.
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.
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.
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.
Non-shaven hair transplant
Thanks to some recently developed techniques, and depending on the patient’s condition and suitability for certain techniques, the FUE procedure may be performed without shaving the hair at all.
At our clinic, we offer three different FUE methods; FUE with shaven hair in which the hair is shaven in both the donor area and recipient areas, non-shaven FUE where the hair is shaven only in the extracted area and last, but not least the long hair FUE method without shaving the hair at all.
In the long hair FUE procedure, the extraction portion of the surgery is executed with a specially designed surgical punch while the insertion or placement of the grafts is performed with the very specially designed KEEP (Koray Erdogan Embedding Placer) which I recently patented. With this method, the maximum number of units that can be transplanted in one surgery is 3000 grafts spread over 2 days of surgery.
I always prefer that the hair is shaved 2-3 days before FUE. Preferably both the donor and the recipient areas, not shaving the latter, does slow the implantation down.Best,
You do have to shave the donor area
Unfortunately, the answer is a yes...but its not as horrible as it may seem. You will only have to shave the donor site, along the back of your head. So what we have done is consult with hairstylists and used certain tricks to "fade" the shaved area in to the non shaved part. We have also had to do this on women prior to a hair transplant and we have just used techniques to utilize the long hair to cover it up. The good news is that it will grow back and fairly quickly. So it is only a temporary problem to fix a much bigger one.
Hair care prior to Neograft FUE - hair transplantation in Seattle
During the procedure, we will prepare the donor site hair (in the back of head) by clipping the hair relatively short. The recipient sites (frontal hair line, vertex of scalp etc) are left long and unclipped because it helps to establish the direction of hair growth, and thus the direction of hair transplant placement.
Shave Head Before Hair Transplant
Hello, thank you for that question. That is a very common question we get. Depending on how many grafts are needed, sometimes patients can have the option of keeping the recipient hair its regular length, for the donor region if you are considering FUE, it must be clipped very short.