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Hair Transplant Without Shaving Head: Things to Consider

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If you’ve been flirting with the idea of getting a hair transplant, you might have wondered: Is it possible to receive a hair transplant without shaving your head? The short answer is yes. Many respectable hair surgeons know how to perform the so-called unshaven hair transplant procedure. But just because you can get an unshaven hair transplant, does that mean you should? This article will explain the many complexities involved in this procedure, describe the best candidates, lay out the cons and benefits, and compare the results to traditional “shaven” techniques.

What Is a “Hair Transplant Without Shaving”?

Hair transplantation is a procedure that typically requires shaving your head. However, this could be a major inconvenience to some patients. People with long hair, men and women alike, are often reluctant to shave their heads because they don’t want to say goodbye to their healthy hair. The time needed to recover is another major reason for choosing an unshaven hair transplant. People who need to return to work immediately after the operation prefer not to shave their heads because exposing the signs of a hair transplant procedure would make them self-conscious. To cater to these special needs, clinics have started offering four different types of hair transplantation procedures: 1) completely unshaved, 2) partially unshaved, 3) only the donor site is shaved, and 4) fully shaved. An “unshaved hair transplant” can imply any of the first two procedures.

Different Types of No-Shave Hair Transplants

There are two types of no-shave hair transplants at the Dr. Serkan Aygin clinic:

1. Completely Unshaven Hair Transplant

This option is what patients usually have in mind when they want a hair transplant without shaving their heads. During the procedure, the surgeon transplants healthy hair follicles to bald or thinning spots, but the head – the donor and the recipient area alike – remains completely unshaven.

2. Partially Unshaved Hair Transplant

A partially unshaven hair transplant is when the doctor cuts small strips of hair only in spots where grafts need to be implanted while the rest of the head (including the donor area) remains unshaven. After the surgery, these shaved spots are covered with healthy hair, so they can’t be noticed. So, what is the difference between the partial and completely no-shave hair transplant, and how do they compare to the classic procedure? Traditional techniques like FUE and DHI are performed on a shaved head. Hair grafts are taken from the donor area and implanted into bald spots.

What Happens During Unshaven Hair Transplant Surgery?

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If you ask for an unshaved DHI hair transplant, you will be required to partially shave the donor area but leave the recipient area intact. Then, Dr. Serkan Aygin’s team will carry out the procedure using a special medical device (the Choi pen) to harvest and implant healthy follicles.
You should know that this procedure requires a lot of precision and experience.

  • First, local anesthesia is administered to the back of the head to numb any potential discomfort and pain.
  • After dividing the donor area into very thin horizontal lines, the surgeon cuts and trims the existing hair in this area to make healthy grafts.
  • Grafts are removed from the donor area and placed in a Petri dish.
  • Then, using the Choi pen, the surgeon implants these grafts one by one into strategically placed, microscopic channels throughout the recipient area.
  • After the surgery, the hair transplant team will instruct you on post-operative care and explain how to wash your hair.

Because you get to keep your hair long, you can return to your everyday life the next day. With unshaved hair transplants, the post-operative downtime is significantly shorter compared to traditional DHI, as there are no bandages, and you can hide any scars with the existing hair.
The “unshaved DHI hair transplant” is also called “long DHI hair transplant.” As with every other procedure, the long DHI hair transplantation at the Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic is supervised by Dr. Serkan Aygin and other highly qualified doctors. They accompany the patient before the surgery and are available after the procedure.

What Are the Benefits of No-Shave Hair Transplants?

Some of the key benefits of getting a hair transplant without shaving include:

  • Your hair stays long and styled as you like it;
  • Grafts are undetectable under the long hair;
  • Scars are minimal and require no bandages;
  • The recovery is simpler and takes less time;
  • You can return to your lifestyle the next day.

As you can see, unshaved hair transplants have many advantages that traditional techniques can’t offer. As such, they are ideal for patients with longer hair and people in public positions.
Are there any downsides to choosing a hair transplant that doesn’t require shaving your head? Unshaven hair transplant procedures may deliver unsatisfactory results when performed on unsuitable candidates. That’s because hair allows less precision and gets in the way of transplants.

Are You Suitable for an Unshaven Hair Transplant?

Should you undergo a hair transplant procedure without shaving your head first? That depends entirely on whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this type of procedure. The best way to determine this is to schedule a consultation with a surgeon at the Dr. Serkan Aygin clinic.
As a general guideline, you can consider yourself eligible for an unshaven hair transplant if your hair is long and you suffer from mild hair loss that can be corrected with fewer than 1,000 grafts. The thinner your hair, the better. Thin hair allows more precision and gives better results.
Partially shaved hair transplant procedures and long DHI hair transplants can be performed in cases where patients require more than 1,000 grafts. But even then, these procedures are unsuitable if you’re experiencing severe hair loss and you need more than 2,500 implants.


Are you a good candidate for an unshaven hair transplant? If you are still undecided, contact Dr. Serkan Aygin’s clinic for a consultation. With a team of experienced doctors at your disposal, you will feel more confident about this procedure or ready to explore other hair restoration techniques.