Preparing For Hair Transplant

Preparing for a hair transplant

There are a few preparations you will have to make before your hair transplant although these will be explained to you in the initial consultation. These include:

  • Stop smoking at least 24 hours before your transplant if you are a smoker. Smoking slows down the healing process and your recovery in general.
  • Have your last alcoholic drink at least 3 days prior to your transplant.
  • Massage the scalp at least 1 week before your transplant. This helps to soften the skin and makes it easier for the surgeon to remove strips of donor hair.
  • If you use vitamin and mineral supplements then stop taking these a week before your transplant. Multivitamin supplements can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Stop taking any herbal medicines or over the counter medication such as aspirin.
  • If you are taking any prescribed medications such as anti-depressants, beta blockers, anti-coagulants or other similar medicines then mention these to the surgeon.

If you are uncertain as to what medicines you can take prescription or over the counter - then ask your surgeon for advice.

The surgeon will ask you to undergo a blood test a couple of days prior to your transplant. This enables him/her to check for any potential harmful conditions such as Hepatitis B and C.

You will be asked to take medication in the form of Prednisolone and Minoxidil before your hair transplant. Prednisolone is a corticosteroid drug which is commonly used to treat inflammation as well as a range of auto-immune diseases. It is prescribed for hair transplant patients as it prevents any swelling of the forehead.

Minoxidil is a popular hair loss drug which you rub onto your scalp at least twice a day in order to trigger hair growth. Do this at least 2 weeks before your hair transplant.