The Hair Restoration Journey Part 4 – Preparing for Hair Surgery
We have been discussing the hair restoration journey the past few of weeks. We’ve discussed acceptance, deciding on a procedure, and choosing a clinic. This week we are discussing how to prepare for your surgery. Our doctor is fantastic at what he does, but only you can prepare yourself adequately. Your clinic will provide you with a list of things you can do to make the most of your procedure. There will also be a mention of things you can do that could potentially cause your procedure to be less successful.
Two Weeks Before Your Procedure
To minimize the chance for bleeding, you will need to discontinue the following medications and supplements:
- Vitamin E
- Herbal supplements
Dr. Danyo will need to coordinate with the prescribing physician if you are on a daily anti-coagulant (blood-thinner,) such as:
- Any others, including Aspirin
The doctors will need to discuss when to hold the medications and when to start them again, after the procedure. Dr. Danyo also recommends taking Vitamin C 1000 mg three times a day to promote healing.
One Week Before the Procedure
You will need to abstain from alcohol and nicotine during the week preceding your surgery. Alcohol can cause bleeding and nicotine constricts the blood vessels. If you are using Rogaine, you will need to hold off until you are cleared by the doctor. Don’t strenuously exercise 3-7 days before the procedure. If your hair is colored, you will need to recolor at this time. This allows for greater visibility during the transplant. During this time, the clinic will reach out to you to go over your pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
The Day Before the Procedure
You will need to wash your hair with a special solution that you mix with your regular shampoo. Transportation arrangements will need to be made. Ensure that all of your prescriptions are filled. Someone from the clinic will contact you to confirm details.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.