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Do’s and Don’ts before and after Hair Transplantation
Do’s and Don’ts before Hair Transplantation
- Do wear comfortable clothing — something with open buttons that do not have to be pulled off.
- Do discuss with your doctor or medical consultant your medical history, If you’re diabetic, ask how to handle your diet and insulin management on the day of surgery.
- Don’t take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications for seven days prior to your procedure.
- Don’t drink alcohol or take multivitamins or supplements for seven days before your operation.
- Don’t smoke for three days prior to surgery, and especially not on the day of the surgery, because it reduces blood flow to the scalp.
- Don’t take medications the day before surgery without asking your doctor or medical consultant first.
- Don’t drink coffee the day of your procedure.
Do’s and Don’ts after Hair Transplantation
- DO sleep with your head elevated for the first 7 days.
- DO apply ice just above the eyebrows to help prevent swelling, which typically occurs on the 3rd or 4th-day post-op.
- DO expect some hair to fall out from the transplanted areas about 2 to 4 weeks after your procedure. This is entirely normal and part of the natural hair growth cycle.
- DO gently apply conditioner to the scalp to relieve any itching.
- DO follow your doctor’s instructions when washing your hair for the first 10 days.
- DO avoid streaming water directly onto your scalp.
- DO use a cup to rinse the scalp,
- DO avoid touching the transplanted area with anything.
- DO hydrate well before and after hair transplant surgery.
- DON’T: Sleep flat on your tummy or side, or rub your new hairline against a pillow.
- DON’T: smoke for a month after the surgery.
- DON’T panic if you experience swelling, especially on days 3 and 4 post-op.
- DON’T: Scratch your scalp or try to prevent scabs from forming on your scalp.
- DON’T: Expose your scalp to direct sunlight.
- DON’T: Wear any hats or ball caps for the first three days.
- DON’T: Engage in heavy exercise or any activities that might cause you to sweat heavily in the days following your hair transplant.