Unshaven hair transplant: Costs, Reviews, Before & After

Dr. Karen Owen

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Written by Erin D. Updated on 14 Jan 2024

If you want to have a hair transplant, the goal is usually to get fuller hair. However, it seems all the more frightening for many people that they have to undergo a shave before the hair transplant. Nowadays, hair transplants without shaving are being advertised more and more. In the following, we will explain why shaving is advisable for most hair transplants and what alternatives there are.

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Which areas are actually shaved? And why?

In a conventional hair transplant, hair in the donor area and the recipient area is usually shaved. It is usually possible to avoid shaving completely and only partially shave the affected areas. However, experts recommend only performing small transplants without shaving, as complications can occur with larger procedures.


Shaving in the Donor Area

According to various experts, there are a number of reasons for shaving the donor hair area and why this is necessary. One reason they give is that the doctor needs a good overview of the donor site during the extraction. And it is also important for many doctors to see the individual follicles and hairs and their distribution so that they can be optimally removed later.


The course of the hair follicles can also be better assessed in the case of short hairs. And the removal and displacement of the follicles can be facilitated. Without shaving, the follicles and scalp can be injured, which can lead to possible infections and later complications. This can also make the procedure longer if more follicles are needed because they may be destroyed.

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Shaving in the Receiver Area

Experts also recommend shaving the recipient area, as this can also lead to complications without shaving. Experts again point to the hygiene factor here. Long hair can possibly stick to the transplants and damage them. This can lead to possible destruction of the transplants.

The overview of the recipient area is also restricted and doctors are less able to assess the transitions between thick and light hair. As a result, the final result may be unsatisfactory. The end result can also be affected by concealed areas. For example, if the shaved areas cover reception channels, gaps may remain in the hair.

However, not all transplants require shaving; if the affected areas are receding hairlines, for example, there is no need to shave them. And a hair transplant can be performed without shaving.

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Which methods can be used for hair transplantation without shaving?

There are a variety of methods for hair transplantation without shaving. However, care should be taken to ensure that only certain areas and minor procedures are carried out in order to achieve the best possible result.

  • FUT

FUT is a hair transplantation method in which not just individual hair follicles are removed as in FUE, but entire strips, usually at the back of the head. According to experts, this type of FUT does not require the entire head to be shaved, but only the part at the back of the head from which the hair is to be removed. Once the thin strip has been removed, the individual hair roots are separated from each other and later reattached to the affected area. This FUT is therefore suitable for a hair transplant without completely shaving the head.



  • DHI

Some clinics and doctors offer DHI without shaving. For this method, an implantation pen is used. The hair follicles are extracted from the scalp and then reinserted into the recipient area using the implantation pen. This allows specialized doctors to remove and insert the hair follicles without shaving. However, the risks of this method, possible damage to the hair follicles and a possible lack of transplant density must also be pointed out.

  • Long Hair FUE

With a normal FUE, the donor area at the back of the head usually has to be shaved. With FUE Long Hair, however, there is no need to shave. The HyRO instrument, which is used by experts in hair surgery, eliminates the need for shaving. Discreet hair transplantation is possible thanks to the precise removal of full hairs. These special instruments allow modern techniques for hair root extraction to be used. Special rotation, oscillation and vibration movements allow very gentle and fast treatments to be carried out.

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Unshaved hair transplant: Pros and Cons

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Quick results: The transplantation method without shaving means that results are visible more quickly. The bald patches are covered more quickly and the hair appears fuller after a short time. Hygiene: Unshaven hair transplant methods can lead to infections and other complications
Regrowth time: As hair usually only grows 1 cm per month, it usually takes a very long time for the full head of hair to grow back. This happens faster without shaving. Hair gaps: A poorer overview during the hair transplant can lead to bald patches. The hair technician can overlook any bald patches or implantation sites due to the large amount of hair.
More quickly socially acceptable: Since shaving the head is usually associated with shame, many patients who have a hair transplant with shaving do not feel socially acceptable in the first few months. This is not the case with a transplant without shaving Complications: In addition to the risk of infection, the scalp may also be injured and hair roots or follicles may be destroyed.
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What are the costs of a hair transplant without shaving?

The price of hair transplants varies depending on the country and clinic. In general, the average price in Spain, for example, is around €3 per graft. For hair transplants without shaving, the costs are generally higher and the clinics are also more difficult to find, as the transplantation method is more difficult and riskier.

Hair transplant cost per country

In Spain, a hair transplant without shaving costs around €9570, in the Netherlands around €8,300, in France €9,800, in the UK £7400 and in Germany around €6,700. In Turkey, on the other hand, prices are cheaper, where an unshaven FUE costs around €2,300 for 3,000 grafts.

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Where can you have a hair transplant without shaving?

Hair transplantation without shaving is possible in a large number of countries. In Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain, for example, you can have a hair transplant without shaving. However, the costs are usually higher there. In comparison, you can also have a hair transplant without shaving in Hungary or Turkey, which is also cheaper. If you would like to find out more about hair transplants in Turkey, we recommend our article on hair transplants in Turkey.

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It is generally possible to have a hair transplant without shaving. There are numerous clinics and doctors who have various methods and techniques for carrying out this type of transplant. However, experts generally advise that only smaller procedures should be carried out without shaving, as there are higher risks associated with larger procedures. For example, larger hair transplants ca n lead to hygiene risks or gaps. If you only want to conceal smaller areas or receding hairlines, the risk is lower and you will be socially acceptable more quickly. However, you must weigh up the risks and benefits for yourself.

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