You’ve spent the greater part of your early adult life worrying about the hair you were losing on your head and how you could fix this unsightly problem once and for all. After careful research of the techniques, topics and surgeons who perform hair transplant surgery, you got together the funds and made a decision to finally have the hair transplant you always dreamed of. So you’re appointment is booked and you’re all set to soon be done with all the worrying and fuss you’ve had to deal with when it comes to your hair.
The good news is that the hardest part is over – you made the appointment, started your financing and have picked a surgeon you are comfortable with and trust.
But, like with any surgery, you’ll want to go in there prepared and healthy and ready both for the actual surgery and the ‘afterwards.’
Here are some things you can do in advance of your big day to be the most prepared and ready.
- Don’t drink alcohol, smoke or take any blood thinning meds. It is best to stay away from toxins and medicines that have not been approved by your doctor. The last thing you want to do is take something that stops the blood flow you need or prevents your blood from clotting properly.
- Have your hair as clean and natural and possible. You’ll want to go to your appointment with a nice clean, dry head of hair. Be sure to use any special shampoos or treatments if your doctor has recommended it and leave your hair as long as possible without cutting or dying it so you can make sure the most natural results are achieved. Having your hair longer on the sides and back will help cover up the suture line making it difficult for anyone to see. Longer hair on the top will also allow you to camouflage the grafts on the top of your scalp.
- Remember the total results won’t be visible the minute the procedure is done. If you think you’re going to look and feel brand new the second the doctor puts the scalpel down in the surgery, you are sadly mistaken. While many procedures offer promising results right away there will still need to be some time between the surgery and the full potential of your hair transplant to be apparent. It generally takes from 2-3 months for transplanted grafts to begin to grow. They will start growth in stages and may take up to 6-8 months for all grafts to begin producing hair. Make sure you discuss these specifics with your doctor in your consultations.
- Arrange for a ride home, take it easy, the hardest part is over. After the session is over you might even feel ok to get home yourself, but you’ve completed the task you longed for – why not take off the rest of the day and take it easy. It generally works out best for you to have a ride ready to take you home or for us to call a local taxi service to shuttle you home. Get ready for the look you’ve been waiting for and all the new possibilities you’ll now have.