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Dr. Karen Owen Written by Matilda H. Updated on 10 Jul 2024
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Can you have a hair transplant with long hair?


Dr. Karen Owen

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Written by Matilda H. Updated on 10 Jul 2024

Hair transplant techniques such as FUE and FUT traditionally involve shaving the patient’s head to extract and implant hair follicles. Many patients are not aware that they have the option of retaining their existing hair with unshaven hair transplants. Read on to learn more about hair transplants with long hair, their challenges, results, and overall costs.

Is a hair transplant with long hair possible?

Many people are intimidated by the prospect of shaving their heads as a part of the hair transplant procedure. The good news is that long-haired hair transplants allow you to get the benefits of the surgery without any drastic shaving. Hair restoration experts have developed methods that allow them to hide the minimally shaven areas so you can feel more comfortable after the procedure.

This type of transplant is called an unshaven or minimally shaven hair transplant. Shaving the patient’s head before a transplant makes the whole extraction and implantation process a lot easier as the surgeon can see the scalp better. Hence, in the case of unshaven hair transplants, extracting and implanting hair follicles can be a lot more time-consuming and challenging.

How does a hair transplant with long hair work?

Much like a shaven hair transplant, the two main techniques available are FUE and FUT. The process of extraction and implantation is essentially the same for both shaven and unshaven hair transplants. 

Here are some of the options you have if you want to retain your long hair after the transplant: 

  • Partly shaven FUE – In minimally or partly shaven FUE your doctor will only shave the recipient area and conceal the donor area with surrounding hair so you can easily hide it after the surgery. These are particularly effective for receding hairlines and crown transplants. The rest of the procedure is the same as your regular shaven FUE hair transplant.
  • Unshaven FUT or Long Hair Transplantation – An unshaven FUT is essentially the same as its shaven counterpart. The only difference is that your surgeon will transplant long hair instead of short hair. Unshaven FUT does not require shaving any part of the head, reducing the preparation time and allowing patients to see immediate results right after the procedure.
  • Unshaven FUE – A rare form of transplant where doctors extract and implant long hair through the FUE method. This technique is not widely used as extracting individual hair follicles when the hair is long can be highly complicated.

 

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Pros and Cons

Here are some of the pros and cons of unshaven or minimally shaven hair transplants:

Pros Cons
Patients can maintain their original hairstyle and return to their daily routine with more confidence. Multiple sessions may be needed to restore full hair density as a lower number of follicles are transplanted during each session.
Keeping the hair long is a great way to cover up scars, scabbing, or redness caused after the procedure. It is way more complicated and time-intensive, requiring multiple sessions and a lot of expertise.
Patients can preview their results immediately after the hair transplant instead of waiting for months up to a year. Due to the time-consuming and challenging nature of long hair transplants, they are more expensive than shaven transplants.
It may require fewer grafts and is known to have a lower transection rate. You may still experience shock loss that will cause your hair to fall out after the hair transplant.
Shorter recovery time as hair is kept long. The aftercare is more complicated as long hair covers the areas that need to be healed.

Hair Transplant with Long Hair Cost

One of the reasons why shaven hair transplants are not as common as regular shaven procedures is the high cost, time, and skill level needed for the surgery. For many patients, the cost may be too exorbitant to justify choosing an unshaven hair transplant. 

Since they are so labor intensive, unshaven transplants are conducted in sessions and may be priced accordingly. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,600 to $4,000 per session for an unshaven hair transplant in Turkey depending on the nature of the procedure and the clinic you choose.

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Summary

If you want to preserve the length of your hair and want to return to daily activities without people noticing your hair transplant, unshaven transplants may be your best bet. However, it is important to be informed about the risks and challenges involved. 

Not only are unshaven hair transplants more labor intensive but they are also priced higher. Some of the risks include damaging hair follicles, shock loss, and complicated aftercare. If you are satisfied with the possibility of seeing your results quickly and concealing the procedure from others, then an unshaven hair transplant is an excellent option for you.

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