Do You Have to Shave Your Head Before a NeoGraft Hair Transplant?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Whether due to aging or genetics, men and women alike can experience hair loss. This may result in a host of other issues, such as loss of self-esteem or anxiety in social situations. At SSK Plastic Surgery, we address hair loss with superior treatments and patient-centered care. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi is proud to offer NeoGraft® technology, which uses the follicular unit extraction (FUE) system for natural and long-lasting hair restoration.

You may have heard that it is necessary to shave your head before getting a NeoGraft hair transplant. However, it is possible to perform this procedure with little to no shaving at all. When you want to love the look and feel of your hairline, schedule an appointment at our clinic in Newport Beach, CA. We can show you NeoGraft before and after photos, explain the process, and tell you about our no-shave hair transplant technique.

How does the FUE hair transplant work?

So what is FUE hair transplant, and how does it work? NeoGraft hair restoration is a minimally invasive procedure that discreetly removes follicles from a donor site in groups of 1 – 4 hairs. These follicles are then implanted in bald or thinning areas. This method is especially well suited for patients who want to restore their receding hairline. SSK Plastic surgery may use the back and sides of your own scalp to extract the healthy follicles in Newport Beach, CA.

The good news is that our advanced system allows Dr. Kelishadi to perform the procedure without stitches or linear scars. When you visit our office for a consultation, we will create a personalized treatment plan that considers the angle and direction of your donor hair to match the appearance of the surrounding hair. The hair restoration process may take between 3 – 8 hours based on the number of follicles being harvested.

The no-shave hair transplant

Some patients have hesitations about getting FUE because they do not want to shave the back or sides of their heads. This is the standard approach for most plastic surgeons. However, the no-shave hair transplant makes it possible to leave your hair at a normal length throughout the procedure. As a result, the patient does not show any signs of having hair loss treatment the following day. It requires an experienced team to work around long hairs, so ask Dr. Kelishadi about this approach. He will let you know if you are qualified for the no-shave hair transplant technique.

Preparing for the NeoGraft hair transplant

Patients can prepare for their FUE hair transplant by learning about the procedure and following the instructions of Dr. Kelishadi and his team. The FUE hair transplant is an outpatient procedure that, for the patient, requires only local anesthesia to perform. NeoGraft does not create new follicles but simply transfers them to thinning or balding areas. Most people experience little or no discomfort during and after their treatment.

Before hair transplant surgery, the helpful staff at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, can address all of your questions and show you NeoGraft before and after photos so you know what kind of outcome to expect. The procedure will require some patience to see results, simply because hair grows slowly. While results vary, the majority of our patients experience significant hair growth in just 3 – 4 months.

After your procedure

While most people feel no pain after FUE, they should still refrain from heavy exercise or intense activities for about a week after surgery. For the first few days after treatment, the grafts will start to scab. Our facility can make some recommendations regarding shampoo and ointments to make your recovery time easier. Remember to protect the grafts from sunlight or wind and take care when showering or styling your hair. It takes about 2 – 3 weeks for the hair follicles to take root in the scalp. Afterward, the transplanted hair follicles should grow at a normal rate.

Schedule your NeoGraft hair transplant

One of the biggest concerns that we hear from patients is whether or not they need to shave their heads for a hair loss procedure. At SSK Plastic Surgery, you will discover the latest and most advanced hair restoration techniques in the area. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi can create an optimal treatment plan that works for your needs and gives you the best possible results. Feel free to learn more about our no-shave hair transplant or view NeoGraft before and after photos to see what kind of results you can expect.

From the moment you arrive at our clinic in Newport Beach, CA, you will see how we commit ourselves to our patients. Our staff takes the time to make sure you are well-informed about your hair transplant procedure and address any concerns you may have. Dr. Kelishadi is confident that you will be happy with your final results. Learn more about the NeoGraft system by scheduling an in-house or online consultation at our facility today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.