I was told by a hair transplant surgeon that shaving the balding recipient area was necessary to produce optimal hair transplant results. Is this true?
I personally believe that shaving the recipient area (where hair is to be transplanted) provides an optimal environment for the hair restoration physician when performing hair transplant surgery.
In my opinion however, it is not necessary for all cases. Those who are having transplanted hair placed in between and around a lot of existing natural hair, shaving could prove to be beneficial. On the other hand, hair transplanted into bald regions or areas where only minimal native hair exists, shaving might not be necessary.
Is shaving required? Some hair transplant doctors require it while others do not. However, even those who don’t typically require it have required it for cases where hair is being placed in between and around a lot of natural hair.
This topic is heavily debated on our hair restoration forum. Whereas I believe shaving is often helpful to the hair replacement surgeon to provide an optimal result, many will disagree with me.