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Getting FUE, then shaving the head,would this work out?


#1

I have a receded hairline with quite a bit of frontal loss and thinning on top.Would it be wise to get a FUE hair transplant, filling up the area in the thinning and rebuilding my hairline,perhaps making it a better NW3,then try and pull off the shaved head look for the rest of my life?

I’m 43,I’ve been very slowly losing my hair for over 26 years now.

My only worries are of donor scarring from FUE (which I heard can still be noticeable). Also, I hear there is scarring in the receipient areas as well, causing the roots of transplanted hairs to differ from the natives hair permanently.

If you search for this type of thing on the internet,all you end up with is two versions - Some state that scaring will still be seen,others state scaring will not be seen.

I have a slight scar on front due to car accident (this also makes loss worse,some hairs never grew back),this can only be seen slightly,the colour of skin is not that bad,not obvious.

At present I’m on Propecia only.

All advise welcome


#2

“Also, I hear there is scarring in the receipient areas as well, causing the roots of transplanted hairs to differ from the natives hair permanently.” Just curious where you heard this? Definitely not in my case.


#3

» “Also, I hear there is scarring in the receipient areas as well, causing
» the roots of transplanted hairs to differ from the natives hair
» permanently.” Just curious where you heard this? Definitely not in my case.

I put into google shaved head hair transplant - it came up with various articles.

Are you saying the receipient area,looks normal.What I actually want to know is would I be able to use a razor and shave head,without it looking obvious I’ve had work done.I actually like the shaved head look,I’d like it even more if I had proper hairline shadow.

If this is what I want to do,would I need to have as many follicles moved to give the imprssion of a fuller head of hair,or not?

Also how about donor area - any scaring - thats as long as you had FUE.

Thanks


#4

» » “Also, I hear there is scarring in the receipient areas as well, causing
» » the roots of transplanted hairs to differ from the natives hair
» » permanently.” Just curious where you heard this? Definitely not in my
» case.
»
» I put into google shaved head hair transplant - it came up with various
» articles.
»
» Are you saying the receipient area,looks normal.What I actually want to
» know is would I be able to use a razor and shave head,without it looking
» obvious I’ve had work done.I actually like the shaved head look,I’d like it
» even more if I had proper hairline shadow.
»
» If this is what I want to do,would I need to have as many follicles moved
» to give the imprssion of a fuller head of hair,or not?
»
» Also how about donor area - any scaring - thats as long as you had FUE.
»
» Thanks

Hairsite is there any chance of your opinion on this,please.

Other peoples advise wanted to.


#5

Have you tried Rogaine? It helps to strengthen the hairs you still have. This would be especially good for the areas of thinning.

You could definitely create a NW3 look with FUE. It seems that your expectations are realistic by choosing a conservative approach that can be more easily maintained as your hair loss progresses.

The only time I have ever seen scarring in the recipient area is with repair cases and poor results from previous HTs. They call it pitting or a cobblestone effect. If you go to a reputable FUE surgeon, you should not have to worry about this at all. You can shave your recipient area all the way down to shiney bald and there should be no evidence in the recipient.

For the donor, you are probably getting different answers because the donor result varies from patient to patient. (Of course it varies even more when you include less adept surgeons and older techniques). Some patients can shave their donor down all the way with a razor and there is no evidence. Some patients look better with their hair 2-4mm long in the donor. It depends largely on your healing characteristics. As long as you are going to a reputable doctor, the worse case scenario would be that you need to keep your hair at a #2 or #3 guard length. Ask yourself honestly if you would be able to live with that. If you cannot, then HT is not a good idea for you.

Here is an example of good healing paired with top quality technique:

courtesy of Dr. Mwamba in Brussels

Another option for the donor is FIT farming. After a graft is removed from the donor, a body hair graft takes its place. This keeps circulation and pigment in the extraction site. The body hair extraction heals very well in almost all patients. FIT farming is not required to have a beautifully healed donor (the fellow in the picture above did not have FIT farming), but it offers an option for those seeking a more perfect donor area.

Perhaps you would like to try a test session of a few grafts to see how you would heal? You could do some with and without FIT farming if you like.


#6

No difference that I noticed or anyone that was around me every day at work after I moved 2 months after the procedure. What I did is shave down with a #1 ciip because it was summertime and I was working outside in the hot weather. The only thing is because I had strip I had to leave some hair around the scar but that was noticable when the hat was off. Anyway depends on how short you want it .People say razor to me that is wet shaving the head which I do not advise why get a ht then? #1 should be fine.But yes talk to a Fue doc and ask to see some pics and or videos of patients that went buzz cut after there Fue. Good luck.


#7

I agree that everyone heals differently, but I would personally not go to a doctor who uses a 1 mm punch. Anything 1 mm or above can leave noticeable scars. I went to a popular doctor on this site and he left me with white dots all over my donor area. Be very careful with who you chose and have a test session done. This way you can tell how your body heals. Especially if your goal is to be able to shave your head. Good luck


#8

» I have a receded hairline with quite a bit of frontal loss and thinning on
» top.Would it be wise to get a FUE hair transplant, filling up the area in
» the thinning and rebuilding my hairline,perhaps making it a better NW3,then
» try and pull off the shaved head look for the rest of my life?
»
» I’m 43,I’ve been very slowly losing my hair for over 26 years now.
»
» My only worries are of donor scarring from FUE (which I heard can still be
» noticeable). Also, I hear there is scarring in the receipient areas as
» well, causing the roots of transplanted hairs to differ from the natives
» hair permanently.
»
» If you search for this type of thing on the internet,all you end up with
» is two versions - Some state that scaring will still be seen,others state
» scaring will not be seen.
»
» I have a slight scar on front due to car accident (this also makes loss
» worse,some hairs never grew back),this can only be seen slightly,the colour
» of skin is not that bad,not obvious.
»
» At present I’m on Propecia only.
»
» All advise welcome

Check out this guys Blog. He Got FUE and got pretty good result but he prefers to shave his hair down because he looks better that way.

http://quest4hair.blogspot.com/


#9

» No difference that I noticed or anyone that was around me every day at work
» after I moved 2 months after the procedure. What I did is shave down with a
» #1 ciip because it was summertime and I was working outside in the hot
» weather. The only thing is because I had strip I had to leave some hair
» around the scar but that was noticable when the hat was off. Anyway depends
» on how short you want it .People say razor to me that is wet shaving the
» head which I do not advise why get a ht then? #1 should be fine.But yes
» talk to a Fue doc and ask to see some pics and or videos of patients that
» went buzz cut after there Fue. Good luck.

Franklin - Thanks

Yes it is a razor shave I’m talking about,but if I get a FUE transplant,I’ll be able to grow it out a little,perhaps start using clippers.I shave it all off,due to that being my best option at moment,because of hairloss at front.I feel more comfortable with it that way - silly I know (we are our worse enemy).

All the best


#10

» Have you tried Rogaine? It helps to strengthen the hairs you still have.
» This would be especially good for the areas of thinning.
»
» You could definitely create a NW3 look with FUE. It seems that your
» expectations are realistic by choosing a conservative approach that can be
» more easily maintained as your hair loss progresses.
»
» The only time I have ever seen scarring in the recipient area is with
» repair cases and poor results from previous HTs. They call it pitting or a
» cobblestone effect. If you go to a reputable FUE surgeon, you should not
» have to worry about this at all. You can shave your recipient area all the
» way down to shiney bald and there should be no evidence in the recipient.
»
» For the donor, you are probably getting different answers because the
» donor result varies from patient to patient. (Of course it varies even
» more when you include less adept surgeons and older techniques). Some
» patients can shave their donor down all the way with a razor and there is
» no evidence. Some patients look better with their hair 2-4mm long in the
» donor. It depends largely on your healing characteristics. As long as you
» are going to a reputable doctor, the worse case scenario would be that you
» need to keep your hair at a #2 or #3 guard length. Ask yourself honestly
» if you would be able to live with that. If you cannot, then HT is not a
» good idea for you.
»
» Here is an example of good healing paired with top quality technique:
»
»
» courtesy of Dr. Mwamba in Brussels
»
» Another option for the donor is FIT farming. After a graft is removed
» from the donor, a body hair graft takes its place. This keeps circulation
» and pigment in the extraction site. The body hair extraction heals very
» well in almost all patients. FIT farming is not required to have a
» beautifully healed donor (the fellow in the picture above did not have FIT
» farming), but it offers an option for those seeking a more perfect donor
» area.
»
» Perhaps you would like to try a test session of a few grafts to see how
» you would heal? You could do some with and without FIT farming if you
» like.

AqueousSoln - Thanks - Great post,great help.


#11

» I agree that everyone heals differently, but I would personally not go to a
» doctor who uses a 1 mm punch. Anything 1 mm or above can leave noticeable
» scars. I went to a popular doctor on this site and he left me with white
» dots all over my donor area. Be very careful with who you chose and have a
» test session done. This way you can tell how your body heals. Especially
» if your goal is to be able to shave your head. Good luck

Tang28 - Thanks - Research & more,I’m doing that.

I already done quite a lot of research.I have kept tabs on hair transplant forums,this is while I was dreaming about HM.I already knew about needle sizes,etc,but cheers.

All the best


#12

» » I have a receded hairline with quite a bit of frontal loss and thinning
» on
» » top.Would it be wise to get a FUE hair transplant, filling up the area
» in
» » the thinning and rebuilding my hairline,perhaps making it a better
» NW3,then
» » try and pull off the shaved head look for the rest of my life?
» »
» » I’m 43,I’ve been very slowly losing my hair for over 26 years now.
» »
» » My only worries are of donor scarring from FUE (which I heard can still
» be
» » noticeable). Also, I hear there is scarring in the receipient areas as
» » well, causing the roots of transplanted hairs to differ from the
» natives
» » hair permanently.
» »
» » If you search for this type of thing on the internet,all you end up
» with
» » is two versions - Some state that scaring will still be seen,others
» state
» » scaring will not be seen.
» »
» » I have a slight scar on front due to car accident (this also makes loss
» » worse,some hairs never grew back),this can only be seen slightly,the
» colour
» » of skin is not that bad,not obvious.
» »
» » At present I’m on Propecia only.
» »
» » All advise welcome
»
» Check out this guys Blog. He Got FUE and got pretty good result but he
» prefers to shave his hair down because he looks better that way.
»
» http://quest4hair.blogspot.com/

whynot - Thanks - I’d seen blog already,but cheers

Having so much done on the front would scare me,in case of further loss.If I go down this path,I’ll be going for a fuller NW3 look,than I have at present.

I’ve quite a lot of loss at front,but no baldness,except for quite a bit of thinning on the rest of head,which could be my age - I also notice certain parts take longer to grow back,such as a little bit on top,instead of taking 12 hours to feel the hair,it takes say 24 hours for hair lengths to feel the same.


#13

» I agree that everyone heals differently, but I would personally not go to a
» doctor who uses a 1 mm punch. Anything 1 mm or above can leave noticeable
» scars. I went to a popular doctor on this site and he left me with white
» dots all over my donor area. Be very careful with who you chose and have a
» test session done. This way you can tell how your body heals. Especially
» if your goal is to be able to shave your head. Good luck

Thanks for your reply. It means a lot because it comes from personal experience. It would be interesting to see if switching to a smaller punch size would indeed heal better for you. How is your recipient result? Do you have any pictures?

If things like punch sizes and healing are worrisome, I definitely agree with you about having a test session. Also, directly ask the doctor about it. One of the main purposes of a consultation is to provide information to the patient. Make sure the doctor is doing his job and answering all your questions very clearly.


#14

Thanks for the post. I had a procedure with Dr. Wood’s in 2004 and it left me with very small marks on my chest and head. In 2006 I had another procedure with the doctor from this site and it left me with approximately 1100 white dots throughout my donor region. The 350 grafts he put in my scar grew well and the 750 he put in my temples did not grow well. I agree with you that I may not be a great healer, but there is a difference between the size of the punches they both used. Wood’s marks are smaller. So regarding my case, I have come to the conclusion that the smaller the punch the more minimal the scarring is. I will try to take a picture of the white dots, but it might be hard to see cause my hair is long.