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HAIR TRANSPLANT
PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE

 "The key to a great result is meticulous aftercare"

One week before your hair transplant you should adjust your diet and lifestyle to ensure that you are best prepared for your surgery.
This Means:- 

  • NO SMOKING
  • NO ALCOHOL
  • NO SPICY FOOD
  • NO PAINKILLERS
  • NO MULTIVITAMINS
  • NO ASPRIN
  • NO ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATION

    All these will thin the blood and will be detrimental to your procedure and to your healing time.

    You should have already declared any prescription medication to your surgeon and received separate advice on these
 
FUT PATIENTS SHOULD BEGIN SCALP MASSAGE IN THE MONTHS PRIOR TO THEIR HAIR TRANSPLANT AND RAMP IT UP THIS WEEK

On the day of your procedure you will want to dress comfortable and appropriately.  Tracksuit bottoms are ideal.  Wear a shirt that has buttons or a zip at the front so that you can get dressed after your procedure without dislodging the new grafts.

Turn up with clean hair and do not use any product on the day of your procedure. If you want to make it easy on everybody then have a number 2 all over.

Have Breakfast! It’s important that you have something to eat before your hair transplant procedure son have a full English. NO COFFEE!

For FUE you will usually be lying face down for first few hours whilst the donor hair is harvested from the back of your head so bring along your tunes or you will be forced to listen to our music. We usually stop for lunch and then you’ll be able to sit up and watch TV for a couple of hours while the team are implanting the prepared and counted grafts into the recipient area.

For FUE patients it is easier for the surgeon and his team to implant the grafts if the patient shaves their entire head, especially for larger procedures
We will definitely be shaving the area between the ears in order to extract the grafts and the shorter your hair overall, the easier it will be to merge the new grafts with the existing follicles.

For FUT Patients there is no need to shave the donor area

In the hours immediately following your procedure the thousands of tiny grafts will be held in place by the coagulation of blood from the tiny incisions. These wounds are so small that the blood begins to clot after a few minutes and begins to heal in a couple of hours. For the first couple of days you should avoid touching your head and keep your head higher than your heart. It’s important to take it easy and to keep your heart rate down so that means Netflix without the chill. 
You will be provided with a bottle of saline solution and you should spray a light mist onto the grafts every couple of hours so that they don’t dry out. Continue this throughout the 14 day aftercare period. Saline solution is available from all supermarkets and costs just a couple of pounds.

Lots of patients choose to sleep in a chair for the first couple of nights which minimises the chances of any damage. After that you should aim sleep on your back for a couple of weeks. Try sticking a pillow under each arm to stop you from rolling over in the night.

Once the anaesthetic has worn off you will probably feel some discomfort in the donor area. This will ease off in a couple of days and a most patients do not require any pain medication beyond this period.

You can expect some swelling to develop around the eyes and nose which will only last for a day or so.

The grafts will heal quicker if exposed to the atmosphere so try to avoid wearing a cap

Day 1 is the day of your hair transplant.
The surgeon will provide detailed information about how to care for your grafts during your post-op aftercare discussion

Day 2 You can remove the dressing from your donor area.
Spray the new grafts with saline solution every couple of hours. Do not touch your head.

Day 3 Time for your first gentle hair wash as instructed by your surgeon
Continue to spray with saline every couple of hours
Repeat this every day until day 14.

Day 14 Have a bath, have a shower, go to the gym, wear a hat, climb a mountain, ford a stream, run a marathon or party like it’s 1999. The transplanted grafts are safe

Your crusty scalp will be pretty much cleared up after 2-3 weeks and you can adopt your normal hair care routine.

The donor region should be left to heal naturally. You can use aloe Vera gel on this area to ease any discomfort. Dab don’t rub! If you rub this area you risk elongating the holes making them more likely to become visible.

Use Baby Shampoo throughout this 14 day period and nothing else!

DO NOT USE SUN BEDS FOR 6 MONTHS – IN FACT DO NOT USE SUN BEDS AT ALL

It’s common after a hair transplant to have:

  • a tight, achy and swollen scalp for a few days
  • temporary scabbing where the hair was transplanted
  • a single scar or a number of very tiny incisions 

Beard transplants are pretty straightforward when it comes to aftercare. Don’t touch your face for 10 days and keep the area clean at all times.
Gently wash your hair with baby shampoo and it will trickle down and magically cleanse your new facial grafts.
Redness should subside after about a week and you can shave again after a fortnight.
Don’t be alarmed when most of the new hairs fall out after a couple of weeks. This is entirely normal and new hairs will grow from the transplanted grafts in 3 or 4 months. You will need to be patient and allow at least 12 months for your new beard to thicken up.

Hair Transplant Pre and Post Op Care Surgery Group
Working with COVID-protected facilities

Working Safely

  • Routinely asking patients for relevant COVID-19 history of their own health and people they are in contact with. It is important that patients provide accurate information.
  • Following social distancing guidelines by limiting the contact of patients with one another whether in consultation or in a procedure and will arrange waiting room seating accordingly.
  • Using suitable equipment/PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as recommended by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) or another equivalent governmental agency.
  • Routinely using relevant health histories and daily temperature monitoring of all clinic staff and patients as part of their strategy to prevent contagion. Additionally, and where available, follows all government guidelines on use of testing to monitor staff.
  • In addition to using proper PPE, each clinic uses appropriate cleansing, disinfecting and sterilization procedures throughout the office/clinic. Also, uses proper waste disposal methods for any materials that could be contaminated.
  • Advising patients of handwashing protocols in the office/clinic and how to change gloves, gown and masks.
  • Assuring the public that the staff have received additional training with regards to proper COVID-19 infection control methods
  • And perhaps most importantly, the surgeon you have chosen is the one performing the surgical steps of your procedure, rather than delegating it to unlicensed technicians.

 

Clinic Advice

Regarding COVID19, we are working with selected COVID-protected facilities who have now reopened. These clinics have started a phased return model for a new normal with various safety measures in place including a limited number of procedures, reduced footfall through the clinic and enhanced PPE for staff. On the day, you will be asked to complete a COVID questionnaire and have your temperature taken on entry, as well as being asked to wash your hands. You will be asked to wear a face mask so that theoretically you are protected and you protect staff members in case anyone happens to be positive whilst asymptomatic.

Surgery Group have adopted guidelines from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery for use in all clinics taking into account UK law and each clinic has completed a COVID19 risk assessment of the patient journey through the clinic and taken steps to minimise risk, and we hope that by doing so, the risk of contracting coronavirus is significantly less than your weekly supermarket shop, however, it is not possible to guarantee that the risk of catching it is zero, such as in the nature of the virus.

To be clear, the government’s advice for the time being remains to stay at home unless you need to leave the house for one of 4 reasons including “any medical need” –

Corona Virus Government Advice

Without specific national guidance on hair transplant clinics, we deem it safe to offer the service in a limited capacity with the measures we have taken, but it is up to you to decide if leaving the house to attend a hair transplant clinic constitutes a “medical need”.