If you have a consultation with your hair transplant surgeon and your hair loss has been found to be permanent, transplants can be a very effective solution. Before going in for the surgery however, one needs to adhere to some strict guidelines to ensure your safety leading up to, and on the day of the surgery:
1. Make sure you do not smoke anything for 24 hours before your surgery. Smoking affects your blood pressure, healing and clotting.
2. Do not consume alcohol a week before.
3. Don’t cut your hair for as long as possible before surgery.
4. Massage your scalp for 10 minutes a day for a month before. This will improve the skin, increase blood flow (speeds up healing time) and soften the scalp.
5. The doctors may advise medication to take before the surgery such as antibiotics to prevent infection as well as Minoxidil which prevents further hair loss. These may also be prescribed for after the operation so make sure you follow the doctor’s directions closely.
6. A standard medical examination is routine to confirm that you are in good shape for the operation.
7. Do not take aspirin, anti-inflammatories, herbal supplements, anti-depressants, beta-blockers or blood thinners for two weeks prior.
8. One of the most important ways to prepare for your surgery is to get good ‘before’ photos done so that you can accurately assess the improvement once the hair loss surgery is complete, healing has taken place and a good amount of time has passed. Here are some guidelines to make sure your photos come out great and give an accurate picture of your hair’s condition:
- Use a proper digital camera.
- Do not use a flash.
- Take the photos in the bathroom.
- Use a lamp to light from the front.
- Use a tripod or a steady surface.
- Use the timer feature.
- Make notes of positioning and settings so you can easily duplicate them for the ‘after’ photos.
If the hair clinic you are using takes the photos for you then you don’t need to worry about this too much obviously.
The day of the procedure will be very relaxed with a local anesthetic applied to your head so you won’t feel a thing. Then you have the option of reading a book, watching a DVD or simply chatting to the technicians as they work. There really is nothing to worry about as it’s a safe, painless procedure. Just prepare well by following these instructions and you will be fine.
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