I am 33 years old and balding. I have been keeping my head shaved because I find the process so upsetting. Now I am scheduled for a hair transplant. Do I need to grow my hair out before the transplant or will you just shave the donor site anyway?

You do not need to let the hair grow prior to the hair transplantation procedure. If a patient has any desire to have the donor area camouflaged in the immediate post-operative period, it is recommended that the patient have at least a small amount of hair surrounding the donor area so that this is possible.

If a patient plans on avoiding from his normal social environment and/or wearing a hat following the procedure, the donor area can be shaved completely prior to the procedure.

Posted by: Dr. Charles