Can head be shaved after Fue hair transplant?
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Shaving the head after FUE hair transplant
Many patients have different definitions of "shaving" the head. Some patients are referring to cutting the hair very short with a number 1 or 2 clipper, while others are referring to shaving the hair flush with the skin using a razor. In the former case (cutting the hair very short), the donor sites should not be visible after FUE transplant that is performed properly. There can be some noticeable thinning of the hair in the donor area that is visible after multiple transplant sessions, but this is uncommon, and is usually overcome by leaving the hair slightly longer on the back/sides.
If shaving the head with a razor, there may be small dots that are visible after FUE. As time passes, these spots will likely become less noticeable, like any scar. FUE hair transplants should not be advertised as "scar free" but rather as "no linear scar" due to the potential for pinpoint scarring to be present if the head is shaved completely.
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It is important to have this discussion with patients before going through the procedure. Extraction of hair follicles using the FUE method does leave small, round scars in every location where a hair follicle is extracted. Mind you, these are very small little bumps in most patients, and certainly much less noticeable than the scar from a strip donor site, but there will be 2000 - 3000 of them on the back of the scalp. They are not noticeable even if the hair is clipped with a number 1 clipper, but do become noticeable after a razor shave.
Patients who plan to razor shave their scalp probably should not bother to undergo a hair transplant, and conversely, patients who have undergone a hair transplant shouldn't plan to razor shave their head. Razor shaving will not, however, damage the hair follicles after the initial healing takes place.
I hope this helps.
Scarring after FUE surgery
There is no such thing as scarless hair transplant. With strip harvesting there is a linear scar. With FUE there are small circular scars that are scattered over the entire donor area, thereby camouflaging the scars. The size of the FUE scars depends on the size of the punch (smaller punch will produce a smaller scar) and your own wound healing capacity. Nowadays, we are able to use smaller punches for most individuals (with resulting smaller scars). With proper technique, both FUE and FUT will produce excellent results both at the donor and recipient areas.
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Big proponent of FUE, but not scarless
Strip surgery leaves long scars and sometimes widened scars over the ears. FUE leaves tiny 0.5mm or less tiny scars that can be seen if you are very close to someones scalp.
After a strip surgery, the scar will almost assuredly be visible if you shave your head.
Scars from FUE
Shaving after FUE
SHAVING THE HEAD AFTER AN FUE TRANSPLANT
Any short haircut that is not groomed with a straight edge blade should be imperceptible in terms of scars.
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Shaving after FUE
Shaving Head After FUE Hair Transplant
The formation of scar tissue is not something that can be avoided. This is how the skin heals itself.
I developed a special Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction technology called uGraft which creates a deliberate, inverted wound cavity. This minimizes the formation of extraneous tissue on the surface, creating much higher standards in wound healing.
Many of our patients confidently wear short buzz cuts without worrying about revealing redness or scars. In our body hair transplant procedures, follicles on the face, arms, legs, chest etc, can be extracted without concern. Any scars that form will be extremely negligible, if anything.
Can you shave the scalp after FUE?
FUE (follicular unit extraction) produces very very tiny circular "microscars" They are usually fairly well hidden. Many patients can shave their heads quite close without seeing the microscars. After all, that's the goal of FUE.
But in some patients, a close shave but not a complete save might be the better idea. It depends on the patient. Can I tell if a patient has had FUE in the past by examining their donor area? Absolutely I can.
Certain patients, especially those with darken skin types are at slightly greater risk of healing with lighter skin colour (ie. hypo pigmentation").
If shaving the scalp completely is the goal, it's important to have a through discussion with your surgeon to understand all that FUE involves (and doesn't involve).