Can I Shave My Head After Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE) Hair Transplant Surgery?

9/27/2009 1:22:01 PM


I had an FUE hair transplant a couple of years ago of 1000 grafts from the back of my head to my temples. I am now thinning more and cannot afford more transplants and wish I had just shaved it bald originally. If I do this, how visible will the scars be? Has anyone else done this?


If the punches used to extract the follicles via follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) hair transplant surgery were 1mm or smaller, scarring should be minimal under optimal conditions. However, if you shave your head completely, there will most likely be visible signs of scarring.

My suggestion is to buzz down to a #3 or a #2 clip and examine your scalp for visible signs of scarring. If no signs exist, shave down to a #1 then re-evaluate. You may want to ask a friend, family member, or significant other to examine your scalp and look for white dots. Since you only had 1000 grafts, depending on where they've been extracted, you just might be able to pull it off.


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