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Do’s and Don’ts before Hair Transplant Surgery

By William R. Rassman, Robert M. Bernstein, Jae Pak, Eric S. Schweiger

Part of Hair Loss and Replacement For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You’ve gone through hair loss, and now you’re scheduled for a hair replacement procedure — hair transplant surgery. The following list of do’s and don’ts can help you prepare for the big day, although you should follow your doctor’s instructions if they differ from these:

  • Do wash your hair thoroughly on the evening and morning of the surgery. Check with your doctor about any special shampoos you need to use.

  • Do wear comfortable clothing — but nothing that has to be pulled over your head after surgery.

  • Do arrange for proper transportation to and from the surgery center.

  • If you’re diabetic, do discuss with your surgeon how to handle your diet and insulin management on the day of surgery.

  • Don’t take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications for seven days prior to your procedure.

  • Don’t drink alcohol or take multivitamins, vitamin B, or vitamin E supplements for seven days prior to your surgery.

  • Don’t smoke three days prior to surgery, and especially not on the day of the surgery, because it reduces blood flow to the scalp.

  • Don’t take medications the day before surgery without asking your surgeon if it’s okay.

  • Don’t drink coffee the day of your surgery.

  • Don’t cut or color your hair. Leave your hair long in the back and on the sides to cover the sutures or staples after your procedure.