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.

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Hair Loss and Replacement For Dummies Cheat Sheet