Hair Transplant Tips
Tips: What to do before and after the hair transplant
Hair Transplant Tips –
There are a few instructions you should follow preparing for your hair transplant and post-operation.
We gathered the most recurrent instructions so you would know what to expect. However, please check and confirm all the instructions with the clinic of your choice.
Smoking – If you smoke, you would have to avoid smoking at least a week or two before surgery. Smoking causes a constriction of the blood vessels, which will decrease the flow of blood and nutrients to the scalp.
Medications – In case you are taking any hair loss medications such as Rogaine, Minoxidil, and Finasteride, please notify your clinic!
If you are taking any blood thinners such as Plavix, Coumadin, and Heparin or beta-blockers such as Propranolol, please notify your clinic!
A week prior to your hair transplant, stop consumption of any B or E vitamins as they may increase bleeding. You should also cease taking anti-inflammatory medication or aspirin.
Alcohol – In the week before your surgery, you should discontinue alcohol consumption. Alcohol widens the blood vessels, therefore increases swelling at the incision site.
The full process of the hair transplant until reaching final results can last up to 10-16 months.
After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications and an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug. Most people are able to return to work two to five days after the operation.
You will receive instruction regarding your hair wash for the following 2-4 weeks. A special Shampoo is usually required.
The first thing that will happen is a “shock shedding” – within two to three weeks after surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out. This makes way for new hair growth. Your hair may seem a little weak and lifeless.
Most people will see some amount of new hair growth 2-4 months after the procedure.
By the sixth month, you can expect about 60% of new hair growth.
Results on the crown area might take longer than the front area.
Hair Transplant Tips – Instructions:
Sleep – It is highly recommended to sleep with your head elevated (about 45 degrees) for the days after the procedure.
Smoking and alcohol – You Should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least a week after the procedure. If an antibiotic was prescribed, avoid alcohol until finishing your prescription.
In addition, Smoking can reduce blood flow to the hair follicles and interfere with good results.
Sport and physical activities – You should avoid activities that can cause excessive sweating for 2-4 weeks. Sweating can lead to infection, hampering the healing process.
Sun exposure – You should avoid direct exposure to harsh sunlight – at least 4 months.