Preparing for Your Hair Transplant
- Posted on: Jan 31 2020
So you’ve scheduled your hair transplant procedure and are excited for your upcoming transformation. It’s now time to start preparing for your hair transplant. Being prepared will help ease concerns and ensure that the process runs as smooth as possible from start to finish.
During an initial hair restoration consultation, the use of Propecia (finasteride) is typically discussed as part of the treatment plan. This is a prescription medication that can help slow the hair loss process and help you hang on to the hair you already have. Before going through with a hair restoration procedure, it is best to stabilize the hair loss as much as possible. Finasteride comes in topical or oral form with equal efficacy. Additionally, there are over-the-counter supplements that can be used in conjunction with Propecia for maximum results. These over-the-counter medications include Rogaine (minoxidil), fish oil, biotin, and 82S hair loss shampoo. Ensuring all medications and supplements are in place is the first step in preparing for hair transplant surgery.
A pre-operative visit takes places approximately 2-3 weeks prior to surgery. During this time, instructions are given for before and after surgery. A list of supplies is provided that are needed after surgery to ensure that the affected areas remain clean and free of infection. Supplies include hydrogen peroxide, Bacitracin or Neosporin, baby shampoo & Q-tips.
What to avoid
Two weeks prior to surgery, you will need to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E and any other medications that can thin the blood (may require approval from prescribing physician). Avoiding these medications will help minimize bleeding and bruising. We also recommend avoiding these medications for about one week after surgery.
Alcohol can also thin the blood so it’s recommended you refrain at least one week before and after surgery. Nicotine products should be avoided at least 24 hours prior if not more and at least a few days after surgery. Nicotine products can prolong healing time and lead to excessive scarring.
Day of surgery
The day of surgery can be pretty long procedures taking up to 8 hours. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that is easy to take on and off. Avoid exercise, caffeine and anything else that may increase your heart rate. One hour prior you will take your antibiotic as directed and Valium at least thirty minutes before your scheduled procedure time. We will take it from there!
For more information on preparing for your hair transplant, call (801) 776-2220.