This hair loss question was answered by Dr. Glenn Charles of Florida who is a member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians. His professional answer is below.
Do all the good doctors require you shave your head before hair transplant surgery?
There are some great hair transplant doctors who require the patients shave the hair and other excellent hair restoration doctors who do not require shaving. One thing for sure is that the surgery is easier to perform if there is no hair to work around.
The question is what is more important? Making the surgery easy for the doctor and staff or keeping the patient happy even though the surgery may take a little longer. When a hair transplant megasession of densely packed grafts are placed into an area that has existing hair, there is often the development of postoperative shock loss and significant thinning hair. This can be very upsetting to the patient. Some physicians may choose to require shaving prior to surgery to avoid the potential patient complaints. Interestingly enough I have heard that some doctors actually charge more if the patient does not shave.
Dr. Glenn Charles, D.O.