How Best to Prepare for a Hair Transplant

POSTED: 12 August 2013

Thinking about going for a hair transplant surgery? If so, you must make sure you’re fully prepared for the process. Those who take the time to do their research, so that they know what to expect, will always come out more successful and will undoubtedly be happy with how the process went.
Knowing what you should be doing in the days leading up to your hair transplant is critical, so let’s go over a few of the main factors to remember.


Stop Smoking


The very first thing that you’ll need to do to prepare for your hair transplant surgery is to stop smoking for at least one week leading up into the surgery – possibly more. This obviously only applies to people who do smoke, but be wary if you're around someone who does smoke a lot.If you are smoking when you undergo the treatment process, it can extend the duration of the healing time, making the transplant less successful.
While this can be a real challenge for the heavy smokers out there, if you want to ensure you get the best results possible, it really is a must. There are products that can be bought to help ease the addiction when trying to quit smoking, so if only for a week, you can take this into consideration.


Avoid Drinking


The next thing that you’ll want to do to best prepare yourself is to avoid excessive drinking in the time period leading up to the surgery as well. If you’re drinking quite heavily, this could interfere with the anesthesia process, which could then make the entire surgery go a lot less smoothly than it should.


Discuss Medications


The next thing that you’ll want to talk about with your doctor and discuss, to ensure you are going about the process correctly, is any medications that you’re currently taking.
In some situations, they may request that you come off any medications you’re using to avoid interactions with the anesthesia and the overall process of the hair transplant.
Be sure to also speak to your doctor about any ramifications of doing so as well.


Discuss Your Anesthesia


Speaking of the anesthesia, make sure that you talk about that and plan for it as well. Most people will opt for a local anesthesia, however you can talk about alternate options with them if you feel the need to do so.
Most people are also sedated during the process so they are not conscious of it occurring.  This can help to avoid any form of anxiety that patients can often experience during the procedure itself.


Arrange For A Ride


Finally, you’ll also want to be sure that you arrange for a ride on the day of the surgery. You will not be capable of driving yourself home after it’s finished, so having someone to take you from the surgery location to your home where you will rest for the rest of the day will be important.
From then on you should be taking it very easy, ensuring that you are not putting any excess stress on yourself that’s not needed.


So there you have the main steps to take to ensure you are fully prepared for your hair transplant surgery. Make sure that you aren’t overlooking these so that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

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