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