Long Hair FUELong Hair FUE
Do I have to shave my hair before my FUE procedure?
Your doctor will have to fit a very tiny 0.8 to 1.0 mm diameter cylindrical instrument into a hair follicle. This cannot be done effectively with long hair, so the back and sides of your head must be shaved. The recipient (transplanted) area does not have to be shaved. Within a week, you will look like you had a short haircut, and your donor area (where the grafts were taken from) should be healed.
There are long hair FUE harvesting techniques, in which small sections of hair are shaved so that the longer hairs surrounding the shaved section cover the shaved area. See examples for male and female patients below.