Do's and Don'ts before Hair Transplant Surgery Preparation?

What do I need to do and not do to prepare for hair transplant surgery?

Category: Before Surgery (Pre-Operative) FAQs

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You must follow these steps before surgery:

  • • Do not take Aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications 7-14 days prior to your procedure. Many prescription or non-prescription, over-the-counter products such as Advil, Alka-Seltzer, Bufferin, Excedrin, Empirin, Nu-Prin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, etc., should be avoided. If you are unsure, ask the doctor or your pharmacist.
  • • Do not take tricyclic antidepressants such as Desyrel or Trazadone, blood thinners such as heparin and coumadin, niacin, Accutane, beta blockers, and MAO inhibitors 10 to 14 days prior to your procedure. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY TAKING ANY OF THESE MEDICATIONS WHEN SCHEDULING YOUR PROCEDURE.
  • • If you have ANY medical conditions, please notify the office immediately! do not wait until the week prior to surgery. Medical conditions include but are not limited to High blood pressure, heart murmur, diabetes, blood disorders (easy clotting etc.), Hepatitis, Asthma, Epilepsy, Liver problems, or any condition that you are under a doctors care for.
  • • The morning of your procedure take a bath or shower and wash your hair thoroughly using regular shampoo. After shampooing, please 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, please make sure it is removed prior to your morning shower and not replaced before your procedure.
  • • 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.
  • • Try not to smoke any tobacco products at least 24 hours prior to your procedure as smoking will slow down healing and increase the chances of wound infection and scarring.
  • • Do not drink any alcoholic beverage at least 3 days prior to your procedure. In addition, do not drink coffee or any other caffeinated or carbonated beverages the day of your procedure. Carbonated drinks are to be avoided for 3 days following the procedure. These substances will increase bleeding and your sensitivity to medications used during the procedure.
  • • Do not take any multivitamins including vitamin B and vitamin E for one week before your procedure as they will increase bleeding. In addition, do not take any herbal or botanical products one week prior to your procedure.
  • • If you are to have a STRIP procedure or shaven patches CIT procedure, it is best to leave your hair long in the back and sides so that it will cover the area of extraction after your procedure. Your donor area will be shaved with below a #1 clipper at the surgery center if you are having a CIT procedure – shaven method. If you are having a CIT –shaven patches method – it is best to let the hair grow out to 3-6 inches long to cover the shaven ‘patches’ where the FU’s are extracted from.
  • • You may be receiving medications during the STRIP procedure that can make you drowsy. Because of this we strongly recommend that you do not drive the day of your procedure.
  • • If having a body hair transplant or a CIT Farming procedure you must wet shave "shave all the body hair with shaving cream and a blade razor” 4 days prior to starting surgery date.
  • • Wear comfortable clothing the day of your procedure, and bring a sweater & socks for warmth, as you may find our surgical center is very cold.
  • • Please do not bring any valuables to the office on surgery day.

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