No Shave FUE Hair Transplant

Do I need to have my head shaved for FUE hair transplant surgery?

What is a no-shave FUE and who can have a no-shave procedure?:

First, ALL hair transplants require some shaving or haircutting. To safely remove the hair follicles from the donor area, the surgeon needs the hair cut very short so only the bristles remain and help guide the surgeon when making the incision. In some cases, the entire scalp does not have to be shaved. If the patient has enough hair length, the surgical team can lift the hair in the donor, trim, and area for harvesting, and the patient can then comb the hair back down to cover the shaved area. This is almost always done when female patients have FUE.

For most male patients requiring over 1,500 grafts, shaving is often required.

However, for patients with smaller areas to cover or who need ultimate discretion because of personal sensitivity or highly visible positions, a no-shave FUE can be performed. As a result, the patient may need more procedures to achieve their ultimate cosmetic goal.


In a traditional FUE procedure, the entire donor area must be shaved to extract the hair grafts efficiently. Only small, targeted sections of the donor area are shaved in a no-shave FUE, leaving the surrounding hair intact.

Natural-Looking Results:

The no-shave technique can produce the same natural-looking results and can be accomplished without the patient appearing to have had anything done. This helps the transplanted hair blend in seamlessly with the patient's natural hair.

Reduced Downtime:

With less shaving required, the no-shave FUE patient can have a shorter recovery period and return to the public sooner.


Overall, the no-shave FUE approach is considered better for patients who want to maintain the appearance of their existing hair and avoid the visible signs of a hair transplant procedure. It provides a more discreet and natural-looking solution for those concerned about the aesthetic impact of the surgery