Tue 29 Dec 2015
I had a follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) hair transplant about 10 years ago, and I was looking into going through a second one soon. I had a consultation with Dr. Rahal in Ottawa who suggested a second strip with 3000 grafts for the front section and the crown area which I think would be a great improvement for me. However he apparently shaves the whole region where new hair will be implanted, which will leave only the mid-section of my head with native hair. Keeping my native hair everywhere would make concealing the recipient areas much more easy.
Looking through the pictures, it looks as though even if I take 4 weeks off work, it will still be quite apparent that I went through surgery after that period, as regrown hair will be very short. I don’t want it to show.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is out of question for me as my previous scar will be apparent as shaving the back of the whole head is necessary.
Is shaving the recipient area standard in strip procedures, or should I just keep looking for another hair restoration surgeon who is willing to do it without shaving?