Hair transplants are incredibly popular nowadays and more and more people each year are opting to have their hair transplants in Turkey where medical tourism has taken root and advanced procedures, techniques and processes dramatically. Therefore, whether you have your procedure booked in already or are looking to arrange a hair transplant then you need to know how to prepare for this procedure in order to maximise success. The better your preparation, the better your new hair transplant will be.
In this guide, we are going to provide you with all the details and information that you need in order to best prepare yourself, your body and your scalp/hair for your transplant. By following our guidelines, you will be able to prime your scalp and your hair for the procedure itself. There are a number of steps to follow and each is simple and requires very little effort; read on to learn more!
It is really important that you stop smoking AT LEAST 24 hours prior to your hair transplant surgery. The longer the period of smoking cessation the better. This is because smoking and the use of tobacco related products have an overwhelmingly negative impact on our health and will affect recovery time, as well as curtailing the body’s ability to heal itself. Furthermore, it is vital that you continue not smoking for AT LEAST one week after your procedure has been completed.
It can be stressful undergoing any sort of procedure but fight the urge to turn to tobacco. You will be extremely thankful for your willpower in the long-term.
As is the case with tobacco, alcohol has a severe effecting on our body’s natural healing process and will slow it down, thereby increasing your recovery time. A period of alcohol cessation of 3 days is recommended, however, one week is ideal; the longer the better!
Stop Taking Certain Medications
There are some medications that can adversely affect the hair transplant procedure, the aftercare process, or it can interact with the medications that are prescribed/recommended by your surgeon for recovery. Specifically, Aspirin, or any medicine that has an anti-inflammatory effect should not be taken at least 2 weeks before your hair transplant. You should also avoid or stop taking the following drugs prior to your procedure:
• Medicines prescribed to you to treat high blood pressure
Always consult your doctor or physician before you stop taking medicine(s) that have been prescribed to you previously.
Don’t Take Multivitamins
You would be forgiven for thinking that taking a multi-vitamin before your surgery may well have positive effects for the procedure itself and for your recovery. However, multi-vitamins can disrupt natural processes. We recommend that you avoid taking multi-vitamins for at least 2 weeks before your hair transplant procedure date.
Fight The Urge To Get A Haircut
Keeping your hair long and at a more natural length will have several benefits for you, your procedure in general and for the surgeon who is conducting your surgery! This is owing to the need for the donor sites (where the hair will be taken from) to be as long as possible as this makes it much easier for your surgeon to actually complete the transplant process. Furthermore, longer hair will help to cover up stitches and scars.
Massage The Scalp
This may sound like a strange step in the preparation process, however, it is one of the most important and most valuable. Massaging your scalp for at least 20 minutes per day will help to soften the skin, establishing and improving blood flow whilst promoting flexibility of the skin upon the scalp itself.
So, before your hair transplant please make sure that you have learned all of the above instructions. If you make sure that you adhere to all of the above (especially the instructions regarding smoking and alcohol cessation) then you are giving yourself and your new hair every chance you can in order to flourish and to actualise potential! Furthermore, being strict with yourself and your hair transplant preparation is vital in keeping your recovery time is kept to a minimum.
If you would like to discuss any of the points mentioned above with a member of our friendly and professional team, or if you would like to talk to us about a hair transplant procedure that you have booked or would like to book then please do not hesitate to contact us. You can email us directly on [email protected] or if you prefer please feel free to call us on 020 3409 1947.