It is a technique where the head is partially shaved but the scalp remains concealed. The term ‘unshaved’ is used to indicate that a small area in the donor site will be shaved while remaining undetectable.
Patients with longer hair, that require under 2400 grafts for the transplant are good candidates for a partially-shaved transplant. The session (also referred to as linear shaving) is performed at the back of the patient’s head in the form of small lines or a square shape. It is positioned in a way that enables the hair above to fall over and easily conceal the shaved spot. As it is important to provide sufficient coverage, the doctor may recommend the patient to grow his/her hair slightly longer at a length of 6-7cm before the procedure.
Patients can maintain their original hair in the same style and of the same length, during, and after the procedure
Allows patients to return to work shortly after their treatment without revealing they have undergone the procedure
As the number of grafts that will be transplanted is fewer, overall recovery is shorter
Post-operative scabs and crusts formed in the donor area will not be visible
The patient needs to be aware of the limitations associated with both of the ‘unshaved’ sessions and to seek consultation from a qualified surgeon to determine if the candidate is eligible to undergo the procedure. For example, if the patient has experienced severe hair-loss, particularly in the vertex area, and requires an excessive amount of grafts (around 3.000-4.000 grafts), his/her head will be completely shaved. The decision is generally made during the planning stage of the procedure, once the patient has been examined by the physician.