Pre-op Hair Transplant Instructions: How to Prepare for Your Procedure

May 9, 2018 — by Robert True
Tags: Hair Loss Hair Transplants

Up close photo of man running hand through hairHair restoration is an excellent way to enhance your appearance and regain your confidence. Knowing what to expect before, during, and after your hair transplant procedure can alleviate fears and worries of the unknown. 

Our doctors at True and Dorin in New York, NY discuss pre-op hair transplant instructions so that our patients can prepare for a successful treatment and recovery. Today, we will explore what is involved in preparing for hair restoration surgery at our practice.

Medications and Supplements

As with any surgical procedure, it is important to discontinue the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, arthritis medication, or any vitamins for at least one week prior to and three days following your appointment. In particular, gingko biloba, vitamin E, ginger, garlic, and echinacea should be avoided. 

These medications and supplements can thin the blood and lead to more post-treatment bleeding and swelling. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is acceptable if a pain reliever is necessary. If you are unsure about a particular medication, please call our office for further instructions.

Diet and Lifestyle

We recommend eating a normal healthy breakfast the morning of your hair restoration procedure. If you have an empty stomach, you could experience nausea or faintness. However, we ask that patients avoid caffeine until after their procedure is complete. 

Alcoholic beverages should be completely avoided for about one week prior to your appointment. Excessive alcohol intake can result in increased bleeding, making the procedure more difficult to perform. We also recommend a full night’s sleep the night before your treatment. 

Items to Have on Hand

Before your hair restoration procedure, it is a good idea to go to your pharmacy and purchase a few items that can make your recovery easier. For example, a bottle of acetaminophen will be helpful if you require any over-the-counter pain reliever. In addition, we recommend purchasing a reusable ice pack.

Arrange for a Driver

Typically, sedation is used during hair restoration procedures. For this reason, patients will need a trusted friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment. 

Scalp Massage for FUT Patients

The success of follicular unit transplantation (FUT) treatment will largely depend on the amount of donor hair available. That is why we recommend flexibility and laxity exercises for patients preparing to undergo this procedure. There are a couple of methods that can be used to achieve this goal:

  • Exercise One: Clasp your hands while placing them on the back of your head. Feel for the area with the horizontal ridge and move your hands just above this area. With flat palms, move your scalp up and down while gradually bringing your hands forward. This exercise should be performed for approximately five minutes in the morning and five minutes before bed. 
  • Exercise Two: With hands placed firmly on the sides of your head, move your scalp up and down as far as you can. Be sure your hands remain stationary, and that they do not slip off of your head. This exercise should be performed for five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening.

Contact Us to Learn More

Your specific pre-op instructions will depend on your unique treatment case. During an initial consultation at our practice, your doctor will give you a detailed list of instructions. Closely following these guidelines will help you enjoy a swift and comfortable recovery. For more information, contact us online or call our office at (212) 826-2525.