Undergoing a Hair Transplant Procedure

Things to Avoid After a FUE Procedure

Undergoing a FUE procedure can be overwhelming. Yet for fast recovery and superior results, you may want to re-assess your daily lifestyle, especially 2 weeks prior to the procedure date. We all have our own personal diets and daily habits. However, to ensure healthy hair growth post-procedure, you may want to avoid a few things.

If you’re a smoker, consider quitting smoking 2 weeks prior to your procedure. Smoking is strongly prohibited and will affect your blood circulation, which will delay the wound healing.

Avoid consuming alcohol during the days prior to your procedure because a small amount can be enough to generate a change in blood consistency. The consumption of alcohol will lead to blood thinning, which makes it more difficult for the operating team. Excessive blood flowing over the scalp does not make it easy to extract each follicular unit.


Avoid Some Medications & Caffeine

Medication also plays a major role in a hair transplant procedure, and for the most part, your surgeon should be aware of any medication you are taking. If your surgeon is not aware, you should inform him or her immediately. Do not take any type of blood thinners from 2 weeks prior to your hair transplant. This includes aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen, herbal tea, vitamins, fish oil, curcumin, supplements, green tea, ginseng, gingko-biloba, and spicy food. Although some medication can be taken right up to the day of the procedure, you may want to double-check with your surgeon whether it’s a good idea.

Be sure to not consume any beverages containing caffeine on the day of the hair transplant. Caffeinated beverages may lead to accelerated bleeding and increase the patient’s sensitivity to the medications used during the procedure.

If you’re someone who is currently using minoxidil (e.g. Rogaine), you should stop applying it to the scalp about 2 to 3 days before your hair transplant procedure.

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Please consider what hairstyle you will have for your procedure. The donor site will need to be shaved down to skin level (0.5 mm). A short haircut will allow others to see that you have had surgery vs. a long haircut, which will enable us to comb your hair over the donor site and provide some camouflage.

Although some may recover faster than other, the healing depends on your skin type. Try to avoid excessive sun exposure to the scalp before and after the hair transplant. If you wish to wear a hat, you can as long as it is loosely fitted.

Obtain a good night’s sleep the night before and be sure to eat a substantial breakfast the morning of the hair transplant.

There is so much to look forward to going into a hair transplant! The first step is going for a consultation. Moving forward, once you see the results yourself, your only regret will be not having the procedure done sooner. For the most part, if you ask anyone who has had a FUE procedure, they will tell you that it was life-changing, as it should be. Always remember, be sure to clarify any concerns and all questions with your doctor before undergoing the procedure.

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