Before a Robotic FUE Hair Transplant Will I Need to Shave My Head?

October 13th, 2015

Dr. Wolfeld discusses preparing the donor area before a Robotic FUE hair transplant and the new Long-hair Robotic FUE technique, which allows longer hair to cover the donor area immediately after the transplant.

Dr Wolfeld: When we perform a Robotic FUE hair transplant procedure, we have to shave the donor area for the ARTAS robot to be able to adequately identify follicular unit grafts and perform the extraction procedure. Depending on the number of grafts we’re harvesting, that will dictate how much of an area of the back and sides of your scalp will need be shaved.

If we’re looking to do a procedure that will require approximately 2,000 to 2500 follicular unit grafts, then usually we’ll have to shave the entire back and sides of your scalp in order to extract and obtain the number of grafts necessary for the procedure.

However, if we’re going to be extracting and transplanting a lesser number of grafts, approx 1500 or less, we can perform what’s referred to as a Long-hair Robotic FUE procedure. In this case, we ask the patient before they come in for the procedure to grow their hair longer, especially in the back and sides of their scalp. When they come in for the procedure, we shave a band along the back and sides of their scalp, and by shaving just the band, we’re able to harvest up to approximately 1500 grafts to be transplanted. The hair above this band is able to cover the donor zone so it will not be visible when you leave the office after the procedure. With 1500 grafts, we’re able to very nicely create a hairline and to fill the frontal portion of your scalp. In many patients, this is the extent of the procedure that is necessary.

So, once again, we’re able to extract and transplant up to about 1500 grafts using a long-hair FUE procedure where just a band will need to be shaved, and when you leave the office, this will not be visible. However, if we’re going to be transplanting up to about 2500 grafts, then the entire back and sides of your scalp will need to be shaved.

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Posted by Michael B. Wolfeld M.D. on October 13th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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