Precautions: One to Two Weeks Prior to Your Procedure
Do not take Aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks before the surgery as these may increase bleeding during the procedure. Avoid taking B or E vitamins for one week before the procedure (including multi-vitamins) as these may also increase bleeding.
Smoking constricts blood vessels and decreases blood flow to the scalp, predominantly due to its nicotine content. The carbon monoxide in smoke decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. These factors may contribute to poor healing after the procedure. You should abstain from smoking at least one week after the procedure.
Do not drink alcohol for at least three days before the procedure as this may increase bleeding. It is important to let us know in advance what medications you are taking on a regular basis. This will be indicated on the form you fill out during your consultation prior to your hair restoration surgery. If you are taking medications, such as blood pressure medicine, you should continue to take it as prescribed right up to and including the day of the hair transplant surgery.
For those having Follicular Unit Transplantation, it is best not to cut your hair for at least two weeks prior to the procedure. Please do not dye your hair within one week of the procedure as this may make graft placement more difficult.
The Morning of Your Procedure
Shower the morning of the procedure and wash your hair very thoroughly using your regular shampoo. Do not apply sprays, gels, or any other styling products.. If you wear a hair extensions, wigs or any other products, please remove it prior to shampooing and do not wear again until after the surgery.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing which do not need to be pulled on over your head – this will prevent dislodging the grafts immediately after the surgery. It is advisable to wear a front button/zip kind of shirt.
Eat breakfast the morning of the procedure. We will provide lunch and snacks. Let us know if you have special dietary needs.
Although the hair transplant is performed under local anesthesia, you may be receiving medications during the procedure that can make you drowsy. Because of this, you cannot drive yourself home following your procedure.
The surgery takes the whole day, do not commit yourself to any other activities during that day.