Shave Head Before Hair Transplant
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Shave before FUE hair transplant
You need to shave the donor site before a FUE 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 the head before transplant
It is not a requirement to shave the head before any hair transplant that I perform, including FUE transplant procedures using Neograft. I do recommend cutting the hair shorter than normal, and the donor area at the back of the head must be cut short in order to harvest the grafts. In some cases, this can be camouflaged with longer hair and creatively locating the donor areas, but most patients decide to cut the hair short in order to facilitate the procedure. Shaving the head totally is not required.
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Your head wll be shaved!
I usually recommend to male patients that they keep their hair short or shave with a #1 guard prior to the procedure. If they do not, we generally shave the back of the head prior to the procedure, as the hair follicles need to be short in order to harvest and prepare for grafting. With your hair relatively short, it takes only about 10-14 days after the procedure for the hair to regain a natural appearance in the harvest site.
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FUE Pre-Operative Instructions
We encourage our patients to get a fade prior (a #1 will do) to your procedure. The donor site will need to be shaved in order to abstract the hair follicle. The great news is that you really don't need to shave where the hair follicle will be transplanted to. Please talk to your doctor about your pre-operative instructions.
It is best to leave your hair longer before the procedure, this way your performing hair restoration surgeon can see your hair and coverage.
FUE surgery and head shave
In order to perform FUE, the donor area must be shaved. Shaving of the recipient site can also be quite helpful. This allows for more precise graft placement and prevents transection of preexisting hair follicles, especially if more density is desired at the recipient site.
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