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When Can I Shave My Head After Hair Transplant Surgery?

2/19/2008 12:08:56 PM

Question:

I am scheduled for hair transplant surgery next month. When can I shave my head after hair replacement surgery and not look like George from Seinfeld?

Answer:

As long as you are careful with the donor area scar and sutures / staples, you can shave the sides and back of your head even a few days after surgery. In my opinion, I would refrain from shaving the top of your head for at least 1 month after hair replacement surgery or until the transplanted hair sheds (which typically occurs between 2-4 weeks after hair replacement surgery).   Keep in mind however, that you will look similar as you did before surgery after the transplanted hair sheds.  This may or may not influence your decision to shave your head so early.  In other words, if you looked like George from Seinfeld before surgery, there will be a period of time that you will again, until the transplanted hair grafts start to grow 3-5 months after hair transplant surgery.

You could also consider shaving your hair down short all over before the hair restoration procedure however, keep in mind that your scar will not be concealed by your hair.

In my third hair transplant experience, I shaved my head to a 5 clip a week before surgery and then had my recipient hair loss area shaved for surgery. 3 days after my hair restoration procedure, I shaved the sides and back of my head to attempt to match the transplanted hair. In turn, I was very cautious of the donor scar and the staples. It was almost impossible to make it completely even around the donor scar, but with careful persistence, it looked pretty good.

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Bill is the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.