You’ll never forget the day you looked in the mirror and realized you were losing your hair. While no one wants to experience hair loss, it happens to the majority of people. The good news is that there are better options than ever for treating hair loss. Hair loss surgery has advanced considerably in recent years and now provides completely natural looking results. If you’ve decided that a hair transplant is the right option for you, there are several things you want to do before your surgery to help it go as smoothly as possible and to improve your comfort.
What to Do Before Hair Loss Surgery
Quit Some Habits
If you’re a smoker, your surgeon is going to ask you to give up the habit, at least 2 to 4 weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking reduces the flow of blood to your scalp, which can interfere with the healing process after hair loss surgery and put you at an increased risk for complications. Along with giving up smoking, your surgeon will also advise you to steer clear of certain medications, such as aspirin, which increase your risk for bleeding, and might ask you to avoid alcohol for a few days.
Make Arrangements with a Loved One
Although you’ll be back on your feet right after your surgery, it’s still a good idea to have a friend or relative around to help take care of you immediately after the procedure. You should not drive home afterwards, so at the very least, you’ll want to recruit someone to drive you to and from the surgical center. Ideally, that person will stay with you overnight and help you if needed.
Pick Your Outfit Carefully
It might seem superficial to think about what you wear to the surgery, but picking out the right clothing does make a big difference. First, you want to wear something comfortable. Second, you want to pick a shirt that you won’t have to pull on or off over your head, as you don’t want to accidentally knock the surgical area. Pick a button up or zip-front shirt, so that you can put it on and take it off without touching your scalp.
Hold Off on Styling Your Hair
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions when it comes to your hair, but for the most part, you can want to head into surgery with clean, un-styled hair. Skip the gel or hairspray the day of your surgery and find out if you can have it cut or colored before surgery. Your surgeon might advise holding off on cutting your hair until afterward, depending on the type of hair transplant you’re receiving.
To learn more about your hair loss treatment options and what you can do to prepare for surgery, contact Lisa at Contemporary Hair Transplant, a New Jersey hair loss surgery treatment center, to schedule a consultation today.