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Be certain to eat breakfast the morning of your procedure. If you are scheduled for surgery in the afternoon have a light lunch before you arrive. Your hair transplant will be a long procedure, so arriving with some food in your stomach is a good idea. There also will be breaks when refreshment can be requested throughout the procedure.
Hair transplantation is a complex procedure that requires a specialty surgeon. However, its intrusiveness is minimal. Save caffeine, alcohol, and a number of dietary supplements, patients can eat what they choose the day of the surgery. Doing so, in fact, is advisable as FUE is a long procedure that can require eight hours or more.
Patients should, though, make sure to follow all pre-procedure instructions. Doing so ensures patients are in the right condition to undergo the procedure and decreases any chance of complications. Such instructions are undemanding but patients should ask any questions they feel are necessary. The instructions the patient receives will have more details, but to sum it up:
Two weeks before the procedure: Cease beta blockers and blood thinners, if possible, as well dietary supplements such as vitamin E, gingko, ginger, and ginseng. Two weeks is also when patients should do their best to limit any tobacco use.
One week before the procedure: Patients should stop using Rogain and stop taking anti-inflammatories.
Three days before: Avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, and avoid using hair dye or receiving hair dye treatments.
The day of surgery: Do not drink caffeine and wash one's hair but avoid using any styling products.
As the procedure is quite long, patients will also be provided refreshments at the clinic. Typically, sandwiches, chips, and juice are available but patients can make requests that better suit their tastes or diet.
Hotels we recommend, meanwhile, have kitchenettes. This is quite useful for the nights of procedures and, if the patient continues lodging, the following days. Patients can easily complete most tasks but many avoid immediately returning to their place of work if they can, though it is fine so long as they avoid strenuous movements. Post-procedure instructions elaborate far more on how to ensure the best results possible.