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.
Medications are designed to treat a variety of health conditions, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects. Certain drugs can contribute to excess hair growth, changes in hair color or texture, or hair loss.
Drug-induced hair loss, like any other type of hair loss, can have a real effect on your self-esteem. The good news is that in most cases, it's easily reversible once you stop taking the drug.
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