Many people affected by hair loss often face the question of whether a hair transplant is possible without shaving. This type of hair transplant is possible under certain conditions. Who is suitable for this? For which type of hair loss is it applicable and which method is used? In this article we will give you the answers to these questions.

Hair transplant without shaving: A new joie de vivre

Many patients wonder whether a hair transplant is possible without shaving. This is understandable, because one would like to resume one’s everyday life as soon as possible after the procedure. Therefore, the question of whether one should shave the head during a hair transplant is justified.

Basically, a surgery without shaving the head is possible. This way you will quickly be socially acceptable again and can enjoy your new hair. Especially for women it is often very traumatizing to cut off their long hair completely before they undergo a hair replacement surgery.

Also if you prefer that not everyone finds out about your treatment, the method that does not require shaving is suitable for you.

What should be considered when opting for the no shave?

A hair transplant without shaving your hair is only possible if the so-called receding hairline needs to be repaired. If the entire head needs to be treated, the head needs to be shaved completely. This is the only way to create the necessary conditions for a precise surgery.

There are different hair transplant methods available. The most effective and today most frequently used method is the FUE technique. Instead of removing a large strip from the back of your head, the FUE technique involves removing individual hair follicles from a healthy part of the head (usually the back and sides of your head). The so-called grafts are removed with a hollow needle and immediately after the removal, they are inserted with millimetre precision where they are to grow in the future.

Since the FUE technique does not involve the transplantation of skin strips, but only many tiny hair follicles, there are clear advantages for the patient: The treatment is much gentler and the scalp is much less stressed. The needles used in the method prick the skin and produce only very small injuries that heal very quickly.

Both the treatment and the recovery phase are absolutely painless for the patient. As there is no risk of scars, one can soon enjoy naturally growing thick hair. The inserted hair follicles continue to grow in their new environment as usual and fill the previously bald areas with your own hair.

The application of the FUE method for hair transplantation is more time-consuming than other methods, but also shows absolutely convincing natural results. The transplanted hair roots are precisely inserted and after only a few weeks they provide dense and natural hair growth.

How does hair restoration without shaving work?

The method, where the hair transplant can be performed completely without shaving, is not suitable for every patient. The method without shaving the head can generally only be performed if a maximum of 1,000 hair follicles are transplanted. With this method, the hair roots are picked up with a half-open, cylindrical needle. This usually has a diameter of 0.7 to 0.95 millimetres.

Through the open end, the grafts are taken up into the interior of the needle. A subsequent rotation ensures that the cut reaches 360 degrees. This application allows the skin to be cut off as well. The hair follicles can then be implanted. However, it should be taken into account that despite long implanted hair, shock loss can occur. If this is the case, the hair will grow back again.

What are the benefits of a DHI hair transplant?

Direct hair implantation without shaving the head is especially popular for filling up receding hairline areas. Since there is no need to remove hair in the donor area, the advantage of DHI hair transplantation without shaving is clearly that you are immediately socially acceptable again and no one will know about your operation if you do not want to.

Since less hair is usually transplanted during such a treatment, the healing process is correspondingly much faster and there is virtually no scarring. Especially the method of DHI hair transplantation without shaving is very popular with many patients, especially those with thinning hair, because the final result looks very natural.

The advantages in a nutshell:

  • Shaving the head is not necessary
  • Hair treatment not visible to other people
  • Rapid reintegration into society
  • Also applicable for long hair
  • Practically no scarring
  • A big self-confidence boost

If you do not want to shave your head during hair transplantation, the method described here is exactly the right treatment option for you. Of course, there is also the possibility to have the hair transplantation performed with a so-called “partial shave”. In the following section we will go into this topic in more detail.

A hair transplant with partial shaving

There is also the possibility of undergoing a hair transplant in which the hair is only partially shaved. In this case one starts by shaving the donor area and not the whole head. However, the removal of the hair is very inconspicuous and will hardly be noticed later. This technique is particularly suitable for people who have long hair at the back of the head.

A partial shave is not suitable for larger areas. However, if you decide on a transplant of your own hair at the temples, at the forehead hairline or on the crown, a complete shave is not necessary.

In most cases the removal area is located at the back of the head. From there the required hair follicles are taken. A hair transplant with partial shaving is suitable if no more than about 2,500 grafts are required.

Please keep in mind that the duration of the treatment is longer and that this circumstance also has an influence on the treatment costs.

The method is particularly suitable if, for example, unattractive receding hairline corners need to be filled with hair. After the surgery, the remaining long hair covers the donor area. This means that the shaved donor area is no longer visible after the operation. In order for the area to be completely covered, your own hair should be at least six to seven centimetres long.

For all operations with less than 2,500 grafts, you can consult your clinic of choice and ask for a hair transplant with partial shaving.

What are the advantages of a hair surgery with partial shaving?

The main advantage of this method is that you can maintain the accustomed shape and length of your hair both before and after the transplantation. Since it is not visible to others that you have undergone a hair transplant, you are immediately fit for society again after the procedure.

What is the cost of this procedure?

Do you want a hair transplant without shaving your head? The costs for procedure without shaving or with partial shaving depend on the number of grafts that are transplanted. As both methods are not suitable for filling a complete bald patch, but are only used to cover receding hairline areas, not so many hair follicles are needed.

On average, a graft in Turkey costs about 2 USD. The costs for a hair transplant without shaving are therefore considerably cheaper in Turkey than in the United States. A hair transplant without shave or with partial shave is generally possible. However, not every patient and not every type hair surgery is suitable for this.

The method is only feasible if, for example, receding hairline areas are to be filled in. You must also have an appropriate hair length. In the case of hair transplant without a head shave, the removal of hair in the reception area as well as in the removal area is avoided. In the case of partial shaving, only the donor area is shaved. This can later be successfully covered with the other hairs.

The biggest advantage of such a hair transplant is that you are quickly fit for society again and nobody around you will notice that you have undergone surgery. Also when you work in a profession where you have to deal with many people on a daily basis a hair transplant without shaving is the best solution.


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