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 Venus, 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 including an online guide like this.
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 work, preferably 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 our hair transplant center in the morning and pick you up after the procedure is complete.
When preparing for your surgery, do not cut your hair. The team would like to see your hair again on the day of surgery and trim your hair at the beginning of the procedure. Your head will be buzzed 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 us, as these medications can interfere with your healing and the doctor will have to prepare you accordingly. If you are taking beta-blockers such as Propranolol, please also notify us at this time as you may have to be switched to a select beta-blocker temporarily, which will not interfere with your results.
One week prior to your hair transplant
When you are one week out from your procedure, stop consumption of any B or E vitamins. These vitamins may be present in multivitamin supplements 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 Aspirin 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. 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 can 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 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. 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 treatment
The morning of your treatment 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 as 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 arrive at our hair transplant Michigan center.
Please do not wear cologne or perfume on the day of your surgery. In addition, please don’t drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Do not bring any valuables to center on the day of your surgery, including laptops or Ipads.
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. If your procedure is scheduled for the afternoon, you should have a light lunch before coming in.
Please make sure you have arranged for someone to pick you up after your procedure. We will keep you updated on the progress of your treatment so your ride knows when to come. If your friend or family member would like to stay at the clinic during your treatment and use our complimentary WiFi, they are more than welcome.
Finally, best of luck on your procedure and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us before you leave the house!