So, when you get a transplant, MUST you shave your head? Kind of negates the whole deal. I have a very public job (actor) and the last thing I want to do is show up bald for a performance… thanks
Nope. Some doctors recommend shaving or clipping the hair close, but like you said, it would be a deal-breaker for most men who do not want their lives or their looks to change immediately after a hair transplant. The doctors who require shaving believe it is better to see the balding pattern, but I believe it is just to make it easier for them to perform the surgery. The expertise to keep everything looking the same and not call attention to the transplant is what we get paid for, though.
At NHI, we do not shave any of our patients recipient area for a hair transplant unless they really want us to. Rarely does anyone ask for this.