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    Preparing for Surgical Hair Restoration

    You will receive specific instructions form your surgeon about how to prepare for your hair transplant surgery. It is imperative that you follow these instructions to the letter to help ensure that your surgery is uneventful and without complications.

    The guidelines provided will include information on drinking, smoking, and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. If you smoke it is extremely important to stop at least two weeks prior to surgery and for at least one month after your procedure. Smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin and can interfere with healing and the outcome of your hair transplant.

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    You should wash your hair the morning of the surgery and avoid using any styling products that day. Most surgeons suggest not cutting your hair for a least one month prior to surgery to ensure good donor site coverage.

    You should not drive home alone after the surgery. You should arrange for a ride and plan to take it easy for a couple of days. Even though many doctors claim you can return to work after a day or two, realistically you should plan on taking a least one week off from your job.

    Published on March 1, 2010

    WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association

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