Preparing for Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair loss can negatively affect your appearance and self-esteem. Luckily, with the advancements in hair transplant technology, it’s possible to regain your hair and self-esteem. During the surgical process, hair is removed from a donor area and then implanted into the bald areas of your scalp. The results look completely natural and are long-lasting.

However, in order to get the most from your hair transplant procedure, you have to properly prepare for it. Here are some tips for getting ready for this procedure.

Avoid Getting a Haircut 

Even if your hair looks unkempt, you should refrain from getting a haircut before your hair transplant procedure. It’s important to allow the donor area to grow as much as possible so that you have a sufficient amount of hair for the transplant. Try using gel or pomade to keep your hair in place in the meantime. 

Stop Taking Certain Medications

Before your hair transplant procedure, it’s a good idea to look over all the medications you take and discuss them with your doctor. Certain medications can affect the healing process and even increase your risk of side effects. Aspirin, for example, can increase the risk of bleeding. Medications to treat medication and high blood pressure should also be avoided before surgery.

Give Yourself Regular Scalp Massages

Massaging your scalp prior to your hair transplant will improve blood flow to the area and increase the success of the treatment. Try to massage your scalp for at least 10 minutes every day.

Avoid Sun Exposure

If your scalp is sunburnt before your hair transplant procedure, it could affect the results. That’s why you should avoid sun exposure for at least a week before your procedure. If you have to be out in the sun, you should wear a hat or carry an umbrella.

Quit Smoking

If you smoke tobacco, you’ll need to stop at least three days before your hair transplant procedure. Smoking can actually make it more difficult to heal from the procedure. If you’re having trouble, ask your doctor for advice.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol

Like smoking, alcohol can negatively affect your recovery from a hair transplant. It’s best to stop drinking alcohol for at least a week before your procedure.

Arrange Transportation

After your hair transplant surgery, you will be in no condition to drive yourself home. That’s why you should ask a family member or friend to take you home after your surgery. If that’s not possible, use a taxi service.

If you follow these tips, you will be more ready for your hair transplant procedure. If you have additional questions about the process, contact hair transplant surgeons. They have helped many people achieve fuller looking hair and want to help you achieve your goals.

Resources:

Wikipedia, Hair Treatment

Dr. Robin Unger, Hair Loss Treatment NYC

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