Whether you have your transplant date booked or you’re simply looking to learn more about the hair transplant procedure process you may be wondering about what you should and should not do in the days leading up to your procedure.

We’ve put together this quick guideline so you’re prepared and ready for your treatment day. Let’s get into it!

Things To Avoid Before Your Procedure

Problems With Your Health That You Should Consider Before Getting A Hair Transplant 

Please inform your surgeon of any medical conditions or drugs you are taking before the hair transplant process and throughout the consultation. 

You should talk with your doctor about your intended hair transplantation procedure if you have any health issues. Your main physician or dermatologist will also give feedback, which should be taken into consideration in conjunction with ours. 

Do Not Take Blood-Thinning Medicines 

These medications can cause some risks during the procedure and recovery process. Letting your surgeon know about these medications are crucial to avoid any complications. 

Stay Away From Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco, And Caffeinated Beverages

The day before your surgery, avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine. When both are used together, it is possible that they may reduce the effectiveness of the local anesthetics that your doctor will provide before the procedure. 

Due to the constriction of blood vessels and the restriction of nutrients delivered to the follicles, smoking reduces blood flow to the scalp and hence hair growth. As a result, smoking should be avoided the day before the surgery as well as the day after. Additionally, you should refrain from smoking for the first week after your treatment since it is critical for your follicles to obtain appropriate nutrients during this time. 

Avoid Exercising

It’s important to stop working out or exercising 48 to 72 hours before your hair transplant. The reason for this is that excessive sweating can infect the area or increase blood flow in the scalp. 

You will need to take it easy for a period of time after your hair transplant process, especially during the first 72 hours after the treatment. Most physicians suggest that you avoid exercise and other vigorous activity for approximately two weeks after having a hair transplant performed on your scalp. The goal is to keep blood flow to the scalp from growing too much during this period, thus you’ll want to avoid certain activities and even physical movements at this time, such as: 

  • Taking a deep breath and bending at the waist,
  • Jogging or running, 
  • Push-ups or sit-ups,
  • Sexual interactions. 

During this time, avoid engaging in any activity that raises blood pressure in the scalp or causes excessive sweating. If you’re unsure about a specific exercise feel free to ask one of our experts during your consultation.

Recovery Process From A Hair Transplant

Minor discomfort may persist for a few days after the hair transplant process- which of course is normal. Sleeping difficulties have been reported by some patients in the first few days after surgery as well.

The donor region is more likely than the recipient location to have greater discomfort after the procedure but with the help of over-the-counter pain relievers it may help you recover from a hair transplant procedure. While recovery from any surgical procedure sounds intensive, a hair transplant recovery is very straightforward as long as you follow your surgeon’s instructions and tips.

How To Prepare 10 Days Before Your Hair Transplant

Let’s get you ready for your procedure. The following are a few things to help you prepare for your procedure 10 days before: 

Do not take or use:

  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, or any drugs containing these; 
  • Alcohol, green tea, vitamins (particularly vitamin E); 
  • Steroids; 
  • Avoid smoking; 
  • Cortisone creams, lotions/creams containing green tea, jasmine tea, or spices.

All of the factors listed above could cause you to bleed more during your treatment, and can induce bleeding and bruising beneath the skin, which will lead you to have worse outcomes, and may even cause your transplant to be unsuccessful. 

Helpful Tips For The Day Of Your Treatment

In order for you to experience a pleasant surgical process at our New Jersey clinic we’ve developed this list of tips for you to be as prepared as possible for your transplant. 

  • Before you go to bed on the first night, we suggest that you prepare a pillow and a pillow cover that you don’t mind getting some excess blood on. Despite the fact that you will be wearing bandages, there is a considerable probability that blood will still seep through.
  • A neck cushion may be quite helpful in assisting you to sleep with your head slightly raised for the first few nights after having surgery. This will assist in the reduction of edema. 
  • Packs of ice. Utilize them as needed to assist in the reduction of edema as well. 
  • For the first few days after surgery, wear a hat that is both comfortable and loose fitting in case you need to go outside in the sun. Furthermore, you may get this information after the fact as well. However, we just want to assist you in being as prepared as possible.

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On The Day Of The Hair Transplant Procedure

The following are a few key elements to keep in mind for the day of your procedure in New Jersey:

  • Wash your hair and groom yourself the morning before your surgery to ensure a smooth transition. No style products should be in your hair at this time. It is important to arrive for the surgery well rested and with a small meal in your stomach. Caffeine should be avoided at all costs!
  • In order to avoid dragging the shirt over your head, we suggest that you wear a buttoned-up shirt or a t-shirt with a broad collar instead. For the weeks after the surgery, it’s a good idea to keep up with this practice.
  • For the most part, you should dress in loose-fitting clothes for the procedure, which will take around six hours, depending on the quantity of grafts you get.
  • In the treatment room, there is no place for a friend or relative. Your companions will be accommodated in our waiting area or lounge.
  • During the procedure, refrain from chewing gum or chatting excessively.
  • During the procedure, refrain from using your own mobile phone or touch-screen gadget.

The Right Position For Sleeping After A Hair Transplant Procedure

During the first week after the procedure, it is critical to avoid touching the recipient regions as much as possible. Patients are asked to sleep on their backs with their heads raised on a few pillows, since this is more comfortable for them. The pillows help to reduce any swelling that may arise following a hair transplant by lifting your head throughout the night. The usage of a specific cushion for the first 7-10 days is also recommended for patients who are experiencing pain or discomfort.

Washing Your Hair After Your Hair Transplant

Since proper hair washing is one of the most essential factors that might impact the ultimate outcome of a hair transplant, every patient at the clinic is taught how to wash their hair properly.

For 15-30 minutes, the transplanted region should be treated with lotion/oil/or any other appropriate moisturiser to let it dry out naturally. This has the effect of softening the scabs that have formed surrounding the transplanted grafts and the donor region.

Softening aids in the removal of dried blood traces and the speedy recovery of the body’s tissues. Washing the scalp with warm water after 15-30 minutes is recommended. Using a specific medical shampoo, the donor and the transplanted location are cleansed.

To do this, lather a little amount of shampoo between your hands and apply it very gently to the whole scalp. Never rub your eyes or your nose. Washing should be done gently using the palms of the hands and without applying any pressure at all throughout the process.

Hair should be dried with a towel after being washed and conditioned. Pat it very softly instead of rubbing. After applying the moisturiser to the scalp, wait until the scabs have fallen off or until the scalp feels dry. Alternatively, if the sense of dryness persists, it is possible to apply the moisturiser in between hair washes.

In order to eradicate the scabs, you should shampoo your hair every day. If you have dried blood or scabs on your scalp, you should have no more of them within 7-10 days. Washing your hair in the usual manner should not be done until at least 14 days following the procedure. This is highly important since we want your results to be as successful as possible.

Alternatively, if a patient chooses to purchase his or her own hair products, please ensure that they do not include silicone, perfume, or colour.

Learn More About How To Prepare For Your Hair Transplant In New Jersey

We hope this quick guide helped you in your preparation for your hair transplant procedure. Our team of experts are always here to help if you have any questions about the pre or post-surgical requirements. Get in-touch with us now for more information!

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