No shave hair transplants answer the prayers of those who do not want to change their appearances all that dramatically. A hair transplant offers the most long-lasting and natural-looking solution to severe hair loss and balding problems. However, the traditional techniques require patients to shave their existing hair off. This is one of the biggest concerns people have when deciding whether or not to go for a hair transplant.
Perhaps, you have shied away from a hair transplant in the past because you did not want to shave your hair off. Don’t worry! No shave hair transplant techniques have been developed to minimize the effects of the post-hair transplant period on your daily life. If you want to achieve the hair of your dreams without shaving hair, no shave hair transplants can be just what you have been looking for.
2 Unshaven Methods
Do you have to shave your head for a hair transplant?
Today, it is possible to get a hair transplant without shaving hair. No shave hair transplants allow you to get away with keeping your existing hair.
There are two different options for no shave hair transplant operations: completely no shave hair transplant and hair transplant without shaving the recipient area.
Depending on the specifics of your hair and what you want to achieve, you can choose between these two options. Make sure to consult our team for free to understand which option is the most suitable for you.
Who is a good candidate for no shave hair transplants?
People who like to wear their hair long and require less than 3000 grafts to be transplanted are good candidates for no shave hair transplants. These cases fall into Norwood 1, 2, 3 and 3-vertex hair loss stages below.
Also, being in good medical condition is mandatory to undergo such operations.
Option 1: Completely no shave hair transplant (Long hair extraction)
Completely no shave hair transplant provides a hair transplant operation without shaving even a single piece of hair. This technique is especially suitable if you have sparse hair so that it is easier to harvest and transplant hair follicles around the existing hair.
The donor area is not shaven as well as the recipient area, which means the overall appearance of your hair will not be affected. However, it is important to note that a maximum of 1500 grafts in one session, and 3000 grafts in two sessions can be transplanted through a completely no shave hair transplant.
How does it work?
In the completely no shave hair transplant procedure, a sophisticated punch tool is used to extract individual hair grafts from the donor area.
This tool can separate the hair follicles from the tissue without damaging the surrounding hair. The extracted hair is then prepared for the transplantation process.
Usually, the DHI technique is used for the implantation of extracted hair follicles into the recipient area.
Hair follicles are implanted in the target areas using the Choi pen to maximize the success rate.
What are the advantages?
Completely no shave hair transplant is a popular procedure since it offers unnoticeable results.
The scabs and minor scarring at both the donor and recipient are covered by your existing hair.
All you can notice from after the procedure is an increase in hair density.
What are the disadvantages?
Only a limited number of hair grafts can be transplanted.
If you need more than 1500 grafts, you might have to get 2 hair transplant sessions.
It is also more challenging to apply medication.
The completely hair transplant procedure requires high expertise, takes longer, and costs higher compared to traditional hair transplant operations.
Option 2: Hair transplant without shaving the recipient area
It is also possible to get a hair transplant without shaving the recipient area only. In this technique, the donor area still gets shaved. This can be a great option if you are not willing to allocate more budget or you need a higher number of hair grafts.
How does it work?
In this technique, only the donor area is shaven just before the extraction process. Your surgeon then starts to extract individual hair follicles with the U-FUE method and collect them in a solution that promotes graft viability.
The hair grafts can then be transplanted into the unshaven recipient area. Your surgeon will carefully place the hair grafts around the existing hair to achieve the most natural results.
What are the advantages?
Only the back side of your hair will be shaved and you will look like you had a buzz cut.
A higher number of hair grafts can be extracted without affecting the overall appearance of your hair majorly.
You can cover your scabs on the recipient area with your existing hair that will make your hair transplant less-noticeable.
What are the disadvantages?
It may be more challenging to apply medication to the recipient area.
Hair transplant without shaving the recipient area option requires high expertise, takes longer, and costs slightly higher than the traditional but less than completely no shave hair transplant.
Even though the recipient area is left without shaving, the shaved donor area may lead to more noticeable results than completely unshaven hair transplant.
How many hair grafts can be transplanted with these methods?
Only 1500 grafts can be transplanted with the completely no shave hair transplant in one session, and you can have a 3000 grafts hair transplant in two sessions.
The hair transplant without shaving the recipient area allows more grafts to be transplanted; approximately 3000 grafts can be transplanted in a partially shaved hair transplant in one session.
Can females get hair transplant without shaving?
Shaving for a hair transplant can be especially harder for females since it makes a dramatic impact on their appearance. Thankfully, female hair transplant without shaving hair is possible.
Because women usually wear their hair longer, hair transplant without shaving the recipient area can be a great option. Even though the donor area gets shaven in this procedure, it is easily covered by the existing hair.
How long does a no shave hair transplant take to heal?
After a hair transplant operation, you need to give your scalp some time to heal. The healing process after a no shave hair transplant may take a bit longer than shaved hair transplant as it may get relatively challenging to apply and clean the operated area. You need to wait for 2 weeks for the donor and recipient areas to heal.
How much do no shave hair transplants cost?
– Completely no shave hair transplant
Complete no shave hair transplant is an elaborate procedure that requires the utmost attention to detail. This is why while this procedure allows you to get a hair transplant without shaving head, it can be more expensive. The cost for one session of complete no shave hair transplant starts from $3,000.
– Hair transplant without shaving recipient area
If you are suitable for a hair transplant without shaving hair in the recipient area, you can improve your appearance without dramatically changing your look. The cost of a hair transplant without shaving the recipient area starts from $1,800.