35 million men globally have male pattern baldness.
40% of people who experience hair loss in the United States are women.
And increasingly, more people are choosing to have a hair transplant.
If you’re reading this article, you’re likely just about to undergo a hair transplant or you’re thinking about it. We’ll help you put your mind at ease by walking you through some of the things you’ll need to do to prepare for your hair transplant.
Your doctor will likely give you some guidance on what to do before your procedure. But this checklist will help you remember what to do and what not to do before the big day.
Up to a Month Before the Procedure
Before you have your hair transplant, make sure you book a hotel near the clinic if you don’t live close by. If you’re traveling to come to our clinic, you won’t want to travel back the same day.
You should also arrange for someone to come get you after your procedure, though you may take a taxi.
Staying near the clinic is also a good idea in case you have any sudden symptoms you might need to speak to the doctor about.
You should plan to stay there for at least one night after your transplant, though you might need to be flexible.
Additionally, you should be sure to book some time off work for the hair transplant. You won’t need to take a prolonged vacation, but you will need a few days to recuperate. Anesthesia alone can be very taxing on some individuals, so you may need to recover from that more than the hair transplant itself!
One Month Before the Procedure
At this point, you should also begin massaging your scalp. You should do this between 10 minutes and 30 minutes per day. Or, you can have your partner do it for you. This helps with blood flow as well as evening the skin tone. It will also promote healing once you’ve had the procedure.
You may also have to take a blood test or have an ECG done to ensure you are in the best health possible. Anesthesia always carries a risk, and doctors want to be sure you’re not put under any unnecessary strain.
Your doctor may also prescribe Minoxidil. This is the generic name of popular hair regrowth drugs. This will depend on where you’re balding and where the transplant will take place on your head.
In some cases, however, your doctor may ask that you stop taking the medication. Again, this will depend on where your transplant is located and the severity of your hair loss.
Two Weeks Prior to the Hair Transplant
As the days creep up to your procedure, there are a few things you should begin doing to ensure you have a healthy healing process.
During this time, you should cease taking anti-inflammatory medication or aspirin. This is because it can cause unnecessary bleeding or make it difficult for your wounds to heal.
You should also let your doctor know if you take beta-blockers, blood thinning pills or anti-depressants. These can affect your healing as well.
Your doctor, however, can make the final call on whether the benefit outweighs the risk when it comes to ceasing the pills.
Additionally, you should avoid alcohol during this time. This is due to the fact that alcohol widens the blood vessels, therefore increasing swelling at the incision site. Some doctors may tell you that you can wait up to three days before your procedure to quit drinking. The sooner you can ditch the alcohol the better for your body.
You may be asked to start taking Vitamin C tablets to help quicken your healing.
Do not cut your hair for at least two weeks before the procedure. The hair transplant’s incisions will be hidden in your hairline. If necessary, your physician can trim your hair so that the transplant blends naturally.
One Week Before the Procedure
A week before the transplant, you should stop taking Vitamin B and E tablets. These can increase the bleeding from your wound site and make it difficult to heal.
At this time, you should quit smoking if you do smoke. Your doctor may be merciful and allow you to wait up to 24 hours before your procedure to cease smoking.
Smoking makes it more difficult for the body to heal after an incision, as anything with nicotine can make it more difficult for the oxygen to move through your blood. This can also increase your chances of leaving scars on your incision site.
Nicotine is also associated with the risk of infection.
You may also be given antibiotics to help control any kind of possible infection in your body. Your doctor will instruct you on what to take and how to take them.
The Day of Your Surgery
Just before your transplant surgery, you should wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as normal. You should not use any products in addition to the shampoo and conditioner, keeping your hair relatively natural.
Your doctor will likely give you instructions on when you can have your last drink or food before the surgery. With you undergo anaesthesia, doctors most often request you do so on an empty stomach. While doctors most commonly request you cease eating around midnight the night before your procedure, your doctor will give you his or her own instructions.
Wear loose-fitting clothes. This is to ensure that you don’t damage the incision spot whilst changing after the procedure.
Be prepared to be groggy when you’re finished.
Should I Be Nervous?
It is natural to be nervous for any kind of surgery, even a relatively minor one like a hair transplant. The doctors at FUE clinics will take good care of you and help put your mind at ease.
Remember, you’re getting your hair transplant for a new lease on life. If you feel nervous, focus on that aspect.
You can watch our testimonies on the FUE website to look at some of our work. This will hopefully help put your mind at ease.