There are two areas that are affected by a hair transplant, the top of the scalp or recipient area and the back and sides of the scalp known as the donor area, the area where the hair is removed from
The harvesting method is not a matter of taste but a matter of necessity. Each patient will have different characteristics and these should be taken into account when deciding on the best technique that should be employed
The obvious purpose of a hair transplant is to give more fullness of hair in an area of hair loss over the top of the scalp; and with this when the result has grown out is the question of hair style and hair length
A hair transplant cannot replace like for like hair lost so relies greatly on creating the illusion of fullness and natural density; this is achieved by strategically placing and distributing the grafts over the surface area
A degree of hair length is also required to enhance the illusion of fullness, the longer the hair gives greater coverage and blocks the light from reflecting off the skin; the shorter the hair the less coverage is produced per hair and the scalp becomes more visible
The better the hair characteristics the more flexibility in hair styling and hair length is available; coarse hair and a low hair to skin colour contrast help and allow for a shorter hair cut
Can I shave and have no visible signs a hair transplant has been performed?
Regardless of technique, FUT or FUE, no one can promise that there will not be visible scarring in the donor area, and the shorter the hair cut the more obvious this may become; either the linear scar from FUT or cylindrical white dots by FUE
FUT the scar is localised to a specific areas whereas FUE the extraction pattern is spread over a wider surface area around the sides and back of the head
With FUE a short or shaved hair cut it could expose the lack of hair and or the man-made pattern of extraction. Although if the hair is worn long enough, each hair will lay over the next to hide the extractions; the same as FUT
With either technique donor management is important to minimise any visible scarring, to not over-harvest with FUE and thin the donor and with FUT respect the laxity to ensure a neat closure
With either technique it is best to keep a few mm´s of hair length in the donor area; FUT may require a little longer but very minimal.