By Dr. Cole, FUE Hair Transplant Pioneer

How to prepare for an FUE surgery: everything you need to know!


We’ll go over everything you need to know and what to expect when you undergo FUE hair restoration surgery. Forhair’s patients will receive a full set of instructions for their FUE surgery preparation in Atlanta or New York. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU UNDERGO HAIR RESTORATION SURGERY?

What is an FUE hair transplant?

The FUE technique (Follicular Unit Extractions) is the most frequently utilized approach for people who have baldness issues.

FUE is a game-changing development in the hair restoration industry. FUE is, in reality, the first hair restoration procedure that minimizes scarring. FUE has many advantages compared to FUT and provides superior hair restoration results. Hair transplantation prior to the advent of this method necessitated significant scarring and lengthy recovery periods -Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Scalp Reduction are two examples. Such methods provide poor outcomes. FUT and other previous procedures result in doll-like hair and unnatural appearing hairlines.

How to prepare for an FUE surgery: everything you need to know!, Forhair

THE FIRST STEP – Consultation and professional assessment

A consultation with a qualified hair restoration surgeon is the first step in preparing for an FUE procedure. If you’re considering an FUE hairline restoration, be sure to do your research and consult with a qualified physician. During your visit, you will talk about your surgical goals and concerns with the doctor, and he or she will recommend the best course of action for you based on online video consultation, photo consultation, or in-person consultation. In the consultation process, the doctor or the patient advisor will want to know all about your medical issues and the medications that you are currently using. If you’re taking beta-blockers, blood-thinning medication, or an anti-depressant, the surgeon must be informed since they may influence the recovery process. In order to verify that you meet the clinic’s health standards before undergoing surgery, you may be required to have some blood tests done previously.

How to prepare for an FUE surgery: everything you need to know!, Forhair

After the consultation

The procedure is completed when you’ve been given the green light for surgery. The next step, after you’ve been approved for surgery, is to prepare your home for recovery. In the days following surgery, you’ll need somewhere to lie down and relax, so make sure your house has plenty of cushions, blankets, and food.

Your doctor will most likely provide you with instructions before your operation. However, this checklist can assist you to keep track of what to do and what not to do on your big day.

Your doctor might recommend you use minoxidil or finasteride/topical finasteride to begin hair loss treatments. This is the trade name of a popular hair loss medication. This will be determined by where you are losing your hair and where the transplant will take place on your head.

Up to a month before the procedure

Before getting a hair transplant you must plan your arrival, If you live close to the clinic or in the area you can simply go home and come back the following day if needed, just make sure you either get transportation such as a taxi, train, or a bus. If you drive in your own car make sure to get someone to escort you, If you live far away or in a different country and need to fly in, the clinic’s patient advisors will help you reserve a flight, Also make sure to reserve a hotel room near the clinic if you don’t live nearby. You won’t want to go back home the same day if you’re traveling to the clinic.

10 days before surgery

In order for the clinic to provide you with the highest quality medical care, it is imperative that you follow the instructions that they give you.

You’ll be advised to avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks before your treatment. This is because it might cause excessive bleeding or make healing difficult.

If you are taking any medicines, particularly beta-blockers, blood thinners, or antidepressants, tell your doctor. These medications can also have a negative impact on your recovery.

It’s critical not to drink alcohol or caffeine for a few days before your operation, since they can deplete your body of fluids. You should also quit smoking at least 24 hours prior and avoid taking any blood-thinning medicines on the day of your surgery. You’ll need to get there early on the day of your surgery to complete any necessary paperwork and preparations.

On the morning of your procedure, you should take a bath or shower and wash your hair thoroughly using regular shampoo. After shampooing, rinse thoroughly and use a fresh clean towel to dry your hair. Do not apply sprays or gels to your hair. If you wear a hairpiece or hair system, make sure it is removed prior to your morning shower and not replaced before your procedure.

Make sure you eat breakfast on the morning of your treatment. Have a light lunch before going to surgery if you are scheduled for it in the afternoon.

Wear comfortable clothing the day of your procedure, and bring a coat, sweater, or socks for warmth, as you may find our surgical center is very cold. A button-up shirt is best because you do not need to pull this over the grafted area after your procedure.

What should I expect during the FUE operation?

The hair transplant using the FUE technique is a low-risk procedure. The surgeon will put you at ease. If you are still hesitant, consider how your life will change after the operation, and how much better you will look with new hair.

To keep you calm throughout the hair restoration process, you will be seated while a modest number of local anesthetic injections are administered to numb the treatment area. Throughout the complete hair transplant procedure, we will keep an eye on your comfort.

You will notice a significant improvement in your hairline once the transplant is over, which enables new hair follicles to develop quickly. Hair development after almost six months can be expected, and the final result is visible approximately one year later, according to most individuals who had their transplants restored. 

You are advised to rest well during preparation for the FUE method. 

The importance of careful preparation for FUE cannot be overstated and it’s important for obtaining safe, natural, and permanent hair while undergoing the procedure.

Post-Surgery Follow up

In addition to learning about the surgery itself, it’s important to understand what sort of post-operative care is required in order to ensure a successful outcome. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your new hairline in the days and weeks following surgery. Be sure to follow all of their instructions closely, as improper care can lead to infection or other complications. In general, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity, keep your head elevated when sleeping, and shampoo your scalp gently with bland soap.

You should expect to feel completely normal after surgery, so sit down and take a load off. After the surgery, we recommend you get some good rest. You’ll most likely need to keep a bandage on your head for the first few days after surgery, as well as your new hairline in the days and weeks following surgery. The clinic’s staff will provide you with the bandage, and also pain relief medication if needed. Make sure you follow all of their instructions carefully since incorrect treatment might lead to infection or other problems. You should generally avoid intense exercise, keep your head elevated while sleeping, and shampoo your scalp softly with a mild soap. Most importantly, be patient! Don’t expect immediate results, It takes between 4-6 months to start noticing hair growth and 12-15 months for full results. By following these guidelines and patiently waiting for your recovery period to conclude, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a natural-looking FUE hairline.

Post-op FUE Questions

How to prepare for an FUE surgery: everything you need to know!, Forhair

These are some of the most frequently asked questions after surgery.:


  1. Lifting heavy Items. Do not lift for 1 week
  2. You may do a light workout in 1 day
  3. Don’t bump your head. (car, doors, shelves….) 
  4. Don’t hit your recipient area with direct shower pressure for 6 days. 


  1. MEDICATION: – Aspirin and Vitamins in general. Stay off for 5 days. 
  2. ALCOHOL: Avoid. 
  3. CAFFEINE: (Coffee, Coke Tea) tendency to increase blood pressure, therefore increasing bleeding. Decrease the quantity you drink.


  1. (a) Direct sunshine exposure for a long period of time. Avoid outdoor activities, or wear a hat and use strong sunscreen. Avoid sun exposure for 3-6 months. 
  2. (b) Smoking. Decrease as much as you can. 
  3. (c) Swimming pools because of the chlorine. Avoid pools for 2 weeks. 


The hair restoration process can be very exciting and a positive experience. You are not ill or injured or sick, and you are not hurt in any way. You’re having the treatment simply because you want to. You recognized a problem with your hair loss and have taken action to address it.

That is what mature responsible people do when they are concerned about their hair loss. So be enthusiastic about your treatment and the decisions you made, and enjoy the benefits of it. If you did everything necessary and followed the instructions and advice of your clinic, you’ll be able to tell that it was all worth it when you look in the mirror 6-12 months later and see a living, healthy growing hair where there previously was none.

It’s essential to do your research before getting started and choose an experienced surgeon and staff to get a successful F.U.E. hair transplant. If you’d like to set up a consultation with one of our specialists and find out what to anticipate from follicular unit extraction, give us a call at:


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