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Do I Have to Shave My Head for a Hair Transplant?

8/26/2010 1:17:23 AM

Question:

I have been considering a hair transplant in the future and I had hoped to be able to keep it a secret. I wear my hair a little long but I did not realize that one must shave their head for the procedure and that the scalp would be very red for a period of time. Is shaving one's head mandatory for both follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE)? I had hoped it wouldn't be so that I could go back to work a week or two later and nobody would even notice. Is that unrealistic?

Answer:

Not all hair restoration surgeons require shaving. Once you have decided on your hair transplant physician, it’s best to check with him or her regarding their individual requirements.

For an informative discussion on this topic that also provides the names of several recommended hair transplant physicians that do not require shaving, read the following thread from our Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network, Shaving of the recipient area.

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