Hair Transplantation Pre/Post-Operative
What to do and what products to use before and after your Hair Transplant Surgery
Precautions and instructions prior to and following Hair Transplant Surgery
Are My Activities Restricted Before Hair Transplantation?
Prior to hair transplantation, there are several general precautions that most doctors will take. Further specifics are usually given prior to the transplantation procedure. Typical preoperative instructions include the following. Do not get a haircut prior to hair transplantation because any trimming required will be done by the hair transplantation technician. If the hair is cut too close, the doctor may not be able to determine where to put the transplants. Also, shampoo your hair well as close to the hair transplantation procedure as possible. Eat a good meal during the day, but do not eat or drink anything within one hour prior to your scheduled hair transplant. This is because hungry people are more nervous. The one-hour period not to eat is to prevent nausea during nitrous oxide anesthesia. Do not exercise twenty-four hours prior to hair transplantation. Exercise tends to raise blood pressure temporarily. This usually increases the chance of bleeding during the procedure. Wear a shirt which buttons rather than a pullover. If you have a hairpiece, you will not be able to wear it until the second day after transplantation. It is important that no alcoholic consumption takes place within forty-eight hours of hair transplant surgery. Alcohol interferes with your blood platelets and slows down the clotting process. Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-containing products for the same reason you shouldn’t drink alcohol. Don’t forget to write down your questions for the doctor before your hair transplant procedure. This is because nervousness may make you forget to have your concerns answered at the time. Write down the answers so you remember them.
Heal Quicker After Your Hair Transplant Surgery
Can I Smoke Before or After?
You should not smoke for 7-10 days before and after a hair transplant. Smoking robs the blood of oxygen. Hair transplants use your blood to heal and grow and although the scalp has a tremendous blood supply, smoking cessation is still indicated. This precaution is usually met with noncompliance because the vast majority of smokers who continue to smoke through the surgical process don’t experience any problems as far as healing or growth. Nevertheless it is contraindicated.
Are My Activities Restricted After Hair Transplantation?
The biggest restrictions after hair transplantation involve no heavy physical activity for five to seven days. This is usually the most contested instruction, as most people feel fine after the procedure. Nevertheless, the first place that gets robbed of circulation when you’re active is the skin and scalp. Blood gets diverted to the muscles; blood pressure rises, and people bang their transplanted area. Any surgery, even minor, requires rest afterwards, this is no different. Don’t drink alcohol or take aspirin for forty-eight hours for the same reason as before. Postoperative medicines are prescribed, and in some cases, such as with tetracycline and/or minoxidil with Retin A, they can restrict your ability to go out in direct sunlight. Do not pick the scabs– drop them off. Extreme care must be exerted so that your comb or brush does not catch on the scabs during the healing process. You may shampoo your hair on the third day. While shampooing, use only your fingertips. Vitamin E oil can be applied at night to help promote healing after two weeks. You can generally return to work in two or three days, but if the work requires heavy lifting, accommodations should be made. At the end of seven to ten days post-hair transplantation, there are no further restrictions. The patients can resume all their prior activities in full. Now begins the waiting game, but rest assured, if your hair transplant procedure was performed by a competent surgeon and you’ve followed his or her instructions, your hair will grow.
Although Neograft Transplants and Follicular-Unit Extraction procedures require generally the same before and after care they differ slightly post-operative. Traditional strip transplants require a patient to return for suture or staple removal from the donor area in 7-10 days. Extra care is needed to keep the area clean until then.