Preparing for your Hair Transplant; Detailed Instructions.

Preparing for your Hair Transplant; Detailed Instructions.

Hair Transplantation is not a risky procedure to undergo, despite this, every treatment and every medical procedure has instructions on what you should do and what you should avoid in the days prior to your surgery. At SurgeonGate, our goal is that you are not only satisfied with the results of your hair transplant surgery but thrilled. In order to do this, we want to provide you with all the necessary resources to feel confident and prepared for your treatment.

Two weeks prior to your hair transplant surgery

You should begin preparing for your hair transplant surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled procedure date. The first thing that you should take care of is your schedule and your ride. By now you should have scheduled a few days off of work, preferably even a week so you can take it easy after the surgery. You should have someone such as a family member or friend who is prepared to drive you to the hair transplant Michigan center in the morning and back home after the procedure is complete.

When preparing for your surgery, do not cut your hair. Your hair transplant surgeon will prefer to see the quality of your hair again on the day of surgery and trim your hair at the beginning of the procedure. Your head will be nearly shaven at the beginning of the treatment. You should also stop taking any hair loss medications such as Rogaine, Minoxidil, and Finasteride immediately.

If you are taking any blood thinners such as Plavix, Coumadin, and Heparin, please notify your hair transplant specialist immediately as these medications can interfere with your healing and your doctor will have to prepare you accordingly. If you are taking beta-blockers such as Propranolol, please also notify your doctor at this time as they will likely have you switch to a select beta blocker which will not interfere with the results of your hair transplant.

One week prior to your hair transplant surgery

When you are one week out from your hair restoration procedure, stop consumption of any B or E vitamins. These vitamins may be present in multivitamin supplements you may be consuming and should be avoided as they may increase bleeding. You can resume taking your vitamins 3 days after your hair transplant is complete.

Do not take anti-inflammatory medications such as Asprin and Ibuprofen throughout the week before your surgery as these can interfere with your results. You can also resume taking your anti-inflammatory medications 3 days after your hair transplant. As for prescription medications such as those for blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart health, you should continue to take them as prescribed even on the day of your surgery.

You should stop smoking cigarettes as soon as possible if you do so. Smoking causes a constriction of the blood vessels which will decrease the flow of blood and nutrients to the scalp. In addition, smoking increases carbon monoxide levels in the blood which lowers the oxygen carrying capacity of blood cells. These effects will negatively affect wound healing after your surgery and will greatly increase your chances of scarring from follicular unit extraction. We recommend you stop smoking at least one week prior and continue to do so for at least two weeks after. 

Three days before your hair transplant

Three days before your hair restoration procedure, you should discontinue all alcohol consumption as this can negatively affect the results of your healing. For those who routinely dye their hair to hide graying, please do not dye your hair within the three days prior to your procedure. Ironically, stress is the ultimate stressor on the body and therefore, it is important that you work to minimize stress as much as possible in the days leading up to your procedure.

The big day; the morning of your procedure

The morning of your procedure is very important for ensuring a positive experience. It is important that you don’t do any chores or hard work in the morning as you want to be relaxed as possible in preparation for your treatment.

Take a shower in the morning and gently wash your hair. Dry your hair after the shower and do not apply any hair spray, gel, or other hair styling product. You want absolutely nothing in your hair when you go in for the procedure. 

Wear loose and comfortable clothing on the day of your procedure. Don’t wear a shirt that will require you to pull it tightly over your head to remove it. Tank tops are great to wear as they leave a lot of room when being removed. This will prevent any rubbing or dislodging of the bandages and grafts in your scalp after your procedure is complete.

The final and most important thing that you should do the morning of your surgery is to have a full and healthy breakfast. Consume a breakfast that is full of protein and healthy carbohydrates and fats. As you know, a hair transplant procedure can take all day and you will typically be provided with lunch by your hair restoration team. Finally, best of luck on your procedure and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your doctor or patient coordinator before you leave the house.

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