Tips Before and After Hair Restoration Surgery
Tips for before and after hair restoration surgery
Baldness is an issue that affects millions of people around the world. It is much more frequent in men than in women, but the fact is that its incidence has increased considerably in both genders, and for this reason so has hair restoration surgery.
More and more men and women are opting for hair restoration surgery to recover lost hair due to age, hormonal factors, stress or genetic causes. The current hair transplant techniques allow excellent results with a minimum incidence of adverse effects.
When facing a hair transplant surgery, the suggestions provided by the surgeon must be taken into account. These indications will facilitate the entire process to arrive in the best physical and mental state to the surgery, and to cope better in the first days after the intervention.
Recommendations to patients before hair transplant surgery:
- Wash the head with an antiseptic shampoo the night before the hair transplant and the same morning before going to the clinic.
- Go to the surgery center with light clothes and a cap for the moment of discharge.
- You should not ingest caffeine or alcoholic beverages at least 10 days before the hair transplant
- Do not smoke at least 15 days before surgery as tobacco alters the healing capacity of the body.
- If you take medication regularly (antihypertensive drugs, antidiabetics, antidepressants …) Tell the surgeon who will perform the hair transplant and follow the guideline of your doctor.
- The night before, you must take the first dose of anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen 600 mg)
- Before going to the clinic, you must re-take an anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen 600 mg) to reduce pain and swelling after surgery, and an antibiotic to prevent a bacterial infection that could jeopardize the success of the transplant. The most used antibiotic is amoxicillin with clavulanate (in case of allergy to penicillins it can be replaced by ciprofloxacin)
- It is contraindicated to shave the head in the days before the hair transplant. It is recommended to maintain a hair length of at least 2 cm.
- Gel or hair lotions should not be applied to the scalp.
- Do not take aspirin during the 15 days before the hair transplant.
- It is recommended to perform daily massages on the scalp at least 10 days before surgery, as this will provide elasticity and vitality to both the donor area and the recipient area of the graft.
- It is recommended to bring a friend or family member and schedule a ride home in advance. The patient will be advised not to drive themselves after surgery.
Recommendations after hair restoration surgery:
- Take amoxicillin-clavulanate 875 mg (antibiotic) 1 tablet every 8 hours for 7 days.
- Take Ibuprofen 600 mg (analgesic), 1 tablet every 8 hours, for 4 days.
- If you have excessive discomfort or severe pain, you can take Toradol, 1 tablet every 8 hours, during the first 48 hours.
- Do not drink alcohol, and maintain a balanced diet.
- Do not smoke at least 1 month after the surgery
- Apply ice on the forehead, (never on the implants). For 10 minutes every hour, except at night.
- Sleeping semi-seated.
- Do not drive during the next 48 hours.
- Do not use heavy machinery or perform any activity that needs concentration, in the hours after your surgery.
- Avoid physical exercise during the 48 hours after hair transplantation.
- Wear a hat for at least a month to protect the transplanted area from the sun.
- If bleeding, press with a dry compress, maintaining a slight pressure for 15 seconds, (repeat as many times as necessary).
- Place a towel on the pillow to protect it from possible bleeding.
- From the third day, once a day, wash the hair with an antiseptic shampoo, diluted in water. Apply with a brush and circulate for a few seconds, remove with water and at low pressure. After 8 days stop using the brush and wash the head naturally using the fingertips
- Dry the scalp by absorption, pressing lightly with the towel. You can apply the dryer with cold air and at low intensity.
- Clean the scar after each wash, with gauze impregnated with betadine.
- Do not take sunbathing, sauna or UVA rays.
- Go to the clinic at 15 days post op, so that the surgeon evaluated your progress and removed the points if the surgery involved suturing.
- Between the third week and 2 months after the surgery, the transplanted hair comes off. Do not be alarmed because this hair will grow back healthy and strong.
- After 3 months the new hair starts to grow.
- After 6 months a new regrowth occurs with stronger and longer hair.
- A year later, the result is visible in most cases with a completely natural finish, in which hair from an implanted follicle cannot be distinguished from hair that has not been.