Ali Emre Karadeniz is a plastic surgeon and hair transplant surgeon. He is the only American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery Certified Turkish plastic surgeon. He has performed over 2000 hair operations. He is an active member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).
Traditionally hair is shaven during a hair transplant procedure. Some hair transplant candidates refrain from having the procedure done just because they don’t want to shave their hair.
The FUT technique is excellent for this purpose as it doesn’t require the donor area to be shaven. A high number of hairs such as 6000-8000 can be transplanted without shaving if the patient has little or no hair at the recipient area. If the patient has significant hair at the recipient area an unshaven FUT can still be done by decreasing the number of hairs to 4000-5000 and placing them more carefully within the existing hair
The FUE method normally requires the donor area to be shaved, although there are a few alternative ways of limiting the amount of hair shaven in FUE. The following techniques are all referred to us unshaven FUE:
The donor area shaven and recipient area unshaven FUE: If the recipient are is almost totally bald, then this method can be used without a problem, but in practice it will end up in most hairs shaven. If the recipient area is with significant hair, then graft placement becomes more difficult and more time consuming, however, it may still be possible at the cost of reducing the number of hairs transplanted in that session.
Limited Shaven FUE: One or two strips of hair are shaven within the donor area so that the overlying hair covers the shaven areas. Since the donor area becomes smaller, less hairs can be harvested using this method.
Real Unshaven FUE: The grafts are harvested without shaving the donor hairs and placed at the unshaven recipient area. Since both the donor harvesting and graft placement phases become significantly more difficult and time consuming, this can be done at the expense of transferring less hairs per surgical session.