The FUE transplant with total shaving is recommended in cases of severe alopecia. The procedure is similar to other Follicular Unit Extraction techniques. The surgeon removes the hair bulbs using a micro-punch that hardly leaves a scar. The difference is that FUE with total shaving allows for a larger number of grafts to be extracted – up to 2,000 in one session – and the patient’s hair must be completely shaved.
The advantages of an FUE hair transplant with total shaving
- Corrects severe alopecia in a permanent and harmonious way
- No staples or sutures
- Allows the extraction of up to 2,000 grafts in a single session
- Increases the donor area by 30-50%.
What is an FUE hair transplantation with total shaving?
FUE is the least invasive hair transplant technique. The goal is to remove hair follicles from the donor area – usually the occipital and temporal regions of the scalp – before reinserting them into the balding areas of the head.
Unlike the FUL technique (FUT long hair), the extraction of the grafts is done with a micro-punch that measures between 0.8 and 0.9 mm in diameter. It allows to detach each follicular unit from all its skin and fatty connections.
Unlike other existing transplant techniques that require the use of a scalpel, FUE does not leave a continuous linear scar on the donor area. The advantage is that the hair follicles can be extracted elsewhere than on the crown. Result: the number of potential grafts increases by 30 to 50%.
The other advantage of the FUE technique with total shaving is that it allows the extraction of 2,000 grafts in a single session, which is useful for people with significant baldness. It requires shaving the entire head so that the donor and recipient areas are clearly visible.
For a larger session of 3,000 to 4,000 implants, the procedure is performed over two consecutive days in order to optimize the grafting process and avoid potential loss of implants.
For which patients?
- suffer from severe alopecia
- want to keep their hair very short
- who have a dense donor area
- who’s scalp is not very flexible
What are the results?
How does it work?
1st step: Shaving the hair
2nd step: Defining the area to be implanted
Step 3: Follicular unit extraction.
Step 4: Graft preparation
5th step: Implanting the follicular units
FUE hair transplant with total shaving FAQ
NO – The transplanted hair will fall out a few days after the operation. You must wait for them to grow back to see the final result. It takes at least 6 months for an FUE with total shaving to take effect.
YES – The results will last for the lifetime of the patient. In fact, the transplanted hair comes from the occipital or temporal areas of the head and are not sensitive to the hormone responsible for alopecia.
NO – The transplanted hair is the patient’s own.
NO – FUE is performed under local anesthesia.
NO – Hair transplants require extracting follicular units from the scalp (detaching the grafts from the scalp). This is done with a micro-punch that leaves small circular scars measuring less than a millimeter in diameter. The result is discreet. This FUE technique is recommended for patients with short hair.
YES – Recovery is very quick. Nevertheless, patients should plan a calm week for the procedure and its post-operative aftermath. An edema may develop on the forehead for two-three days. The scabs on the grafted area take about a week to fall off.
YES – FUE with partial shaving does not allow enough grafts to be extracted. On the other hand, an FUE transplant with total shaving will allow the surgeon to extract up to 2,000 follicular units, which is enough for significant baldness.
YES – The surgeon pays particular attention to aesthetics. The grafts are placed very close to each other to create density. They are implanted in the direction of the hair, which makes it look more natural.
YES – There are no contraindications for women. However, this procedure involves shaving the entire scalp. For this reason, women are often recommended to choose a long hair FUL.
YES – FUE with total shaving is not recommended for patients with low hair density in the donor area.
NO – FUE with total shaving is in no way a treatment for hair loss. On the other hand, it will correct alopecia permanently.