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recommended 2000 grafts. need to be shaved completely?

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Hello, I saw a hair transplant specialist this summer. He recommended 2000 grafts. My crown would have to be shaved completely. I have long hair and I put on the brakes when I heard this and no longer know what to do. He explained that there would be more shock loss if the area is not shaved. Also, it would take him longer to do the surgery.

My questions are:
-is it better to do a hair transplant with the area to be worked on completely shaved?
-how much does hair grow every month (if I were to proceed with this treatment, when could I expect the hair to grow back enough to blend in with my long hair)

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replied November 24th, 2011
Hair Loss, Hair Disorders Answer A28828
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Consider taking steps to treat the anemia, this itself will help to reduce the hairfall to some extent. The surgical option or transplant is usually suggested if medical management has failed. Treatment with vasodilator medications helps to increase the duration of anagen phase of hair growth (it takes time to respond to this treatment and prolonged treatment is required), or drugs like 5-alpha reductase inhibitors also help (however, if you are having pregnancy plans, you cannot be started on this drug). You can consider discussing about these options with your treating dermatologist before proceeding with the hair transplant. All the best.
Take care.

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