If you are dealing with hair loss, particularly male or female pattern baldness, strip harvesting surgery, or follicular unit transplantation (FUT) can help restore a full head of hair. Although this type of surgery often has a short recovery time and can provide permanent results, it’s not something to rush into. In the weeks leading up to your procedure, there are several things you can do to prepare for surgery.
Strip Harvesting Surgery Preparation Tips
Ease Up on Certain Medicines
Starting a few weeks before your hair transplant, your surgeon will likely ask you to refrain from taking certain medications and supplements. Common over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin, can increase the risk for bleeding and should be avoided a week or so before surgery and for several days afterwards. You’ll also want to avoid taking vitamins E and B, as these also increase bleeding risk.
If you are taking blood thinners, you’ll want to let your surgeon know. Some blood thinners are contra-indicated for FUT and other types of surgery, since they increase bleeding risk.
It’s good advice at any time, and it’s especially good advice before hair restoration surgery. You should stop smoking at least two weeks before your surgery. Nicotine interferes with the healing process and restricts blood flow, making it more difficult for the incision to heal after surgery. You’ll want to continue avoiding smoking for another two weeks after your hair transplant.
Schedule Your Hair Care Carefully
Your hair needs to be a certain length, at least a 1/2 inch long, before FUT. The longer your hair, the easier it is to cover the incision made during the surgery. It’s a good idea to schedule your last haircut before FUT about two or three weeks before the surgery.
If you usually dye your hair, you can dye it up to three days before the surgery. It’s a good idea to have a last minute dye job done, since you won’t be able to use any hair dye on your hair and scalp for a few weeks afterwards.
Make Arrangements to Get To and From the Surgery Center
Although hair restoration surgery is usually performed without general anesthesia, you may be given a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. You’ll be a bit drowsy and out-of-it immediately after the transplant. For that reason, it’s important that you find someone to bring to you and take you home from the surgery center. You won’t be able to drive home yourself. Your friend or relative should be able to stay with you for a few hours or overnight after the surgery, to make sure you have everything you need.
If you’re ready to learn more about strip harvesting surgery and other hair restoration options, call 844-261-7020 to schedule a consultation at Contemporary Hair Transplant, in Paramus, NJ, today.