When I first started practicing, any time a patient would have brain surgery, the surgeon would inevitably shave half their head to do the surgery.
I found this practice ridiculous. The patient would come out of the surgery looking like Cyndi Lauper at her worst. I have never witnessed anyone who looked good with half their head shaved. (Including Cyndi.) I always felt like it then fell to us to deal with the remaining hair.
More recently, the trend has changed. Instead of shaving the whole head, the surgeon will just shave a teeny area at the incision site. So instead of rocking Cyndi Lauper, the patient looks pretty normal post-surgery.
From a perspective of compassion for people's vanity, I think this is awesome. I love it. It's bad enough you have to have brain surgery without losing all your hair and changing your entire appearance. So I'm glad about this change.
But from the perspective of the doc who has to monitor these incisions, it's so. Annoying. Half the time, I have to do a search for several minutes to find the damn incision. If it started looking worse, it would be really hard to tell. And digging staples out that are caked in both dried blood and hair is not a fun task. Shouldn't we put patient safety above hair?
I'm really torn on it, honestly.