Many people want to get their hair transplant surgery discretely. Hair shaving, which is a part of some transplant procedures, is a dead giveaway, though. This is why people try to opt for a procedure in which hair is not shaved. Although it is possible to have an unshaven FUE hair transplant, there are a few reasons why shaved hair is the best for a hair restoration surgery.
If you’re wondering whether it is absolutely necessary to shave all your head before transplant, the answer to that is no. However, it’s best if we shave your head before the surgery. That’s because it allows the surgeon to operate with greater precision and ease. Moreover, it becomes easier for the patient to follow the aftercare instructions if their head is shaved. The standard approach to remove the units optimally from the donor area is to shave or buzz that part of the hair very short. Not only does it make the area more visible, but also the surgeon can plan the surgery quite easily. It’s not possible to perform the surgery without shaving your donor area. Still, there are other benefits to shaving hair before the surgery.
We understand that some people feel uncomfortable with the scrutiny that comes with hair transplant surgery. However, from a surgical standpoint, you can gain better results if your head is shaven. It might become awkward for a while, but after a couple of weeks or so, things will start becoming normal.
Why Do You Need Shaved Hair in First Place?
Hair transplant surgery needs precision and accuracy to ensure natural-looking results. With time, technological advancements have made that possible. However, a lot depends on the surgeon. Tools alone can’t do much if the surgeon can’t use them properly. And sometimes, to use the tools properly, some modifications have to be made, such as shaving your hair.
The tools that extract hair from the donor area require shaven hair. If your hair is too long, it won’t be possible to cut around and extract the follicle with the punch tool. In an FUE hair transplant, the punch tool is very carefully placed on top of each hair follicle so that it is not damaged when removed from the scalp. Incorrect positioning of the instrument can jeopardize the survival of the hair follicles. Therefore, shaving the donor area before the surgery is crucial. If the survival of the hair follicles is in danger, you might achieve poor hair density in the recipient area. Moreover, the density of your donor area will also decrease. Due to their small size, greater care needs to be taken in the handling of the grafts. This is why a shaved head is much better.
Moreover, it won’t be possible for the surgeon to transplant grafts in between your long hair. You should know that the angling and placement of hair follicles are very important in achieving natural-looking results. The surgeon can’t perform the surgery easily on you, which increases the chances of unsatisfactory results. It is especially not suitable for surgeries that aim at increasing hair density through transplantation. Your long hair can pull your grafts out after the surgery. This also increases the risk of infection in the recovery period. This will make the aftercare process much difficult for you.
When Is Unshaven FUE A Suitable Option?
You are a good candidate for an unshaven hair transplant procedure if your balding area is only the hairline. In this case, only the donor area must be shaven to extract the grafts. Since the grafts won’t be transplanted in between your hair but on a bald region, we can tie the rest of your hair on the top. This way, it won’t fall on the surgical site, and the surgeon can continue with the procedure.
The name “unshaven hair transplant” might be slightly misleading since there is some shaving involved. This is because no matter what, the FUE technique makes use of a punching tool for extracting the hair. It won’t work properly if your hair is too long. However, with the unshaven option, it is possible to get the surgery discretely. The hair on the top of the head remains unshaved. They retain their normal length. Only the hair that is going to be extracted gets trimmed. Keep in mind that only certain candidates are suitable for this procedure. We can determine if you are suitable or not based on your pictures.
It’s important that you keep the long hair out of the surgical sites during the healing process. The long parts of your hair may dislodge your grafts if they fall on the transplanted area or they may cause infections on the donor area. Keep all parts of your hair clean by washing your hair daily as instructed. You need to keep your long hair tied securely for around 10 days until your incisions heal and your transplanted roots are secured.
Who Doesn’t Need to Shave Their Hair Before Hair Transplant?
This highly depends on your bald areas. It is possible for FUE hair transplant surgeries to take place without shaving hair or minimally so. If your baldness in only one area, it would be okay to perform the surgery by only shaving your donor’s hair. This is to perform the procedure correctly. You should also understand that your treatment plan may change during your face to face consultation with your surgeon in Turkey. Assuming that he/she sees a loss of density in between your hair during the hair assessment step, they may shave all of your hair to work on all of the bald areas. If they leave out those spots, there will be a visible density difference on your head and it may cause a funny look. In case there’s something we can correct on the spot, we would like to do it immediately while you are still in Turkey.
Another advantage of shaving hair is that it makes it possible for the surgeon to spread the grafts from the donor area on a larger surface area. It can also affect the final results. Therefore, we recommend shaved hair if you have a large bald patch(es) on your head. We can evenly spread the grafts on your scalp giving a natural-looking appearance. Layer shaving is not an option if more than one hair transplant surgery sessions need to take place. We need a healthy and vast donor area. Therefore, you’ll have to shave your head for the hair transplant.
Can I Shave Myself Before I Travel to Turkey?
We would not recommend that. You should not shave your head before travelling to Turkey. Face to face consultation is where your surgeon will check your hair and mark the less dense areas. If you do shave, the surgeon won’t be able to analyse your hair type, bald spots, density, and hairline properly. It would make it quite difficult for us to make a treatment plan for you if this happens. For correct diagnoses, the surgeon needs to see your condition properly. After the consultation session, your hair will be shaved by the experts in our medical team and you’ll be ready for the surgery.
To Sum It Up
The hair transplant journey is not as easy as it seems. Certainly, you’ve made a tough decision after a lot of deliberations. There are many people who might notice that you’ve had the surgery. They might even come up to you and ask about it. However, a lot of the discomfort around hair transplant stems from a feeling of certain shame and stigma associated with it.
Losing your hair is a devastating experience. If nothing’s working, then a hair transplant offers a permanent, natural-looking solution. It is a kind of hair redistribution. There’s nothing artificial or fake about it. Therefore, you don’t have to feel like you have to hide it. You have made a bold, courageous decision, and it is something that you should be proud of. Still, it is absolutely understandable if you feel more comfortable with a hair transplant without shaved hair since it will make things more discrete.
There are many downsides to hair restoration surgeries where you don’t shave your hair. It’s not possible to perform the extraction if your hair is long on the donor area. Moreover, poor visibility can impact the angling of the inserted hair follicles. Therefore, they might grow in a different direction to your natural hair, which will result in an uneven appearance. This is why it’s better to have shaved hair for a hair transplant. Many patients start experiencing normal hair growth after a year or a year and a half. After that, no one would even know that you had surgery, and you would end up being happy and satisfied with your results. You can book your surgery with us right here, right now. We offer free aftercare support for a year after the surgery and will stay with you right from the beginning. So, send us your pictures and book a free phone consultation.