Being prepared for your hair transplant is important. From arranging any time off work to stopping medications if required. Making arrangements beforehand often helps your overall experience simpler and easier. Below, we have a few helpful hints and advice to make your experience as stress-free as possible. Always follow the pre and post-op instructions provided by the Clinic. From using any medications to a specialist product. Such as scar healing creams or shampoos.
FUT/Strip technique. If your hair around the back and sides is very short. Allow your hair to grow a little longer. This will conceal the strip suture. Importantly, follow the pre-op check-list provided by your clinic.
FUE it´s an idea to cut your hair shorter. Especially if you normally wear your hair longer. This gets you and others more accustomed to the new look. Reducing the effects post op when the hair is fully shaved.
Hairpieces of some kind. Must be removed prior. Stop having the unit bonded with an adhesive. When possible, remove the unit and allow your scalp to breathe weeks in advance.
Blood test & medical info
For some clinics, the pre-op check-list will include producing a recent blood analyse. This can be sent to the clinic before or the original given to the clinic on the day. Normally a test will be accepted as long as taken within three months before your surgery date. Some clinics offer their own lab services at a small cost. Compared to using a private clinic. It is imperative to provide any medical information to the clinic. This may have a bearing on how the doctor approaches your operation. The decisions of your doctor can only be based upon the information they are given.
Two weeks before
Avoid direct strong sunlight. Avoid sunburn at all costs. If you colour your hair make this time the last prior to your operation.
You may be asked to avoid heavy exercise at this stage. Excessive exercise can induce increased bleeding during the procedure. As a result, prolong the procedure unnecessarily and possibly compromise healing.
Medications and supplements
This includes non- prescriptive supplements, vitamins, nutritional supplements, over-the-counter medication and prescription drugs you currently take. You must also inform your doctor if you are using any recreational drugs.
Avoid aspirin and products containing aspirin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen® and vitamins B & E. As well as multiple vitamins which contain ginseng, and garlic pills.
Alcohol and tobacco use
Alcohol and nicotine can create unnecessary difficulties. Products should be avoided 48 hours prior to the day. Smokers should avoid or minimise intake for 48 hours prior to surgery.
Transportation and accommodation
If not in your area. Ensure your stay and travel arrangements are as easy and comfortable as possible. Try to arrive at least the day before your procedure. Possibly visit the clinic before and if possible meet the doctor. Try to choose a hotel close to the clinic. Allows for a short walk in the morning and in the evening post-operation.
Minoxidil and Finasteride
If you are using Minoxidil the majority of doctors will instruct you to stop. Finasteride can be continued with no need to stop.
Invest in a travel pillow – sleeping and the flight home.
Bring a loose fitting hat/cap head cover for going home.
No T-shirts. Bring a button down shirts to wear.
If going home have a designated driver
It is important you follow the pre-op check-list given to you. They are given for your own best interests. Designed to make your day and aftercare go as smoothly as possible.